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Ashwin five-for bright spot in damp draw

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Muthu: Good first impression under Kohli (2:54)

Mohammad Isam and Alagappan Muthu report from Fatullah as the only Test between Bangladesh and India ended in a draw (2:54)

India 462 for 6 decl. (Dhawan 173, Vijay 150, Rahane 98, Shakib 4-105) drew with Bangladesh 256 (Kayes 72, Ashwin 5-87, Harbhajan 3-64) and (f/o) 23 for 0
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Once the first session of the final day was washed out, the draw was inevitable, but India gave a glimpse into the possibilities had this match not lost 248 overs to rain by bowling Bangladesh out for 256 and enforcing a follow-on. Though he couldn't help India avoid slipping to fourth in the ICC rankings thanks to this draw, the most impressive player of the match, R Ashwin, registered his first five-wicket haul outside India. Bangladesh will be disappointed their first innings lasted only 65.5 overs on a pitch that India batted comfortably and lost wickets only when their batsmen went out of their way to score quick runs.

The final day's play began with Bangladesh needing 152 to avoid the follow-on with seven wickets in hand. A maximum of 67 overs could have been bowled on the day. Had Bangladesh batted sensibly they would have avoided the drama of having to bat again and hanging in grimly. Confronted with some excellent bowling from Ashwin but little else, Bangladesh failed to do so although theirs was a general air of just having a good time without having to worry about the result because it had been ruled out. In a live Test they might well have shown more application.

Shakib Al Hasan fell manufacturing a cut, Imrul Kayes and Mohammad Shahid jumped out of the crease to Harbhajan Singh - all three of the returning offspinners' victims were batsmen outside their crease - and Soumya Sarkar and others kept swinging away even when not quite in control of the shots. Ashwin, though, was in a different league, relying on his offbreak, getting it to drift and dip, drawing sharp turn and bounce, and brought some excitement into a match dulled by poor scheduling: the first in monsoon June in Bangladesh.

Even after Shakib fell early on in the day, the shots kept coming. Some of them came off - Sarkar managed an ungainly 37 - but they brought about wickets. The bright spot for Bangladesh was debutant Litton Das' 44 off 45, but he too struggled as Ashwin drifted the ball away from him. After having found himself away from the pitch of the ball, Das eventually gloved one bouncing offbreak to backward short leg. Das' wicket made it 232 for 8, and it was followed by a poor shot from Mohammad Shahid and poor running from Taijul Islam and Jubair Hossain.

Intent to give it every possible shot, Virat Kohli asked Bangladesh to bat again, but there was never going to be enough time to force a result. Hands were shaken the moment Bangladesh had batted out 15 overs in the second innings and the mandatory overs became due.

Hope yet for India?

3

Number of times India has bowled out the opposition in less than 30 overs - v Eng (1981), Ban (2004) & SA (2006)

Another Rainy Draw Looms

1

Number of times BGD have previously drawn a Test v IND, also a rain affected game in 2007. They lost the other 6 Tests

a Hiatus

88

International matches that Harbhajan Singh has missed between his last appearance for India (2013) and this Test

Rare dismissal

1

Number of previous instances where Tamim iqbal has been dismissed stumped in a Test match - by Hafeez (2015)

Nervous much?

7

Instances of an Indian batsman being dismissed in the 90s over the last 2 years, more than batsmen from any other team

Awesome Twosome

3

Number of times both Indian openers have made 150+ scores - twice by Vijay and Dhawan

Ominous Signs

556

India's average score in the first innings of Tests against Bangladesh, their highest against any team

Home is Away

1

Number of previous Tests for Rahane on the subcontinent (v Aus, Delhi, 2013). He has played 13 Tests outside Asia

India's best

1000+

Runs scored by Murali Vijay in the last 12 months. He is the only Indian to make 1000+ runs. Virat Kohli has scored 840

A subcontinent giant

416

Runs for Dhawan in four Test innings in Asia; overseas he has scored 580 runs in 20 innings

Firing on both cylinders

5

Number of times both Indian openers have made 100s in a Test innings in the last 10 years, the most such instances for any team