Fatullah Test: Bangladesh reduced to 219/7 by Ashwin, Bhajji
Fatullah: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled superbly as India reduced Bangladesh to 219 for seven in their first innings at tea on the rain-hit fifth and final day of the one-off cricket Test, here today.
Ashwin (4/72) along with Harbhajan Singh (2/52) dominated the proceedings when play resumed in the post-lunch session of the final day after more than 250 overs were lost due to rain.
For Bangladesh, Imrul Kayes (72) has been the top-scorer but it was young debutant Litton Kumar Das who played a lovely cameo in the final 30 minutes of the post lunch session and is still batting on 38 off 34 balls with seven fours and a six.
Another youngster Soumya Sarkar (37) also showed his attacking prowess but could not convert his start.
Ashwin carried his good form as he got Shakib al Hasan (9) when the left-hander tried to cut a delivery which bounced a shade extra and Wriddhiman Saha took a smart catch behind the stumps.
However, young Soumya Sarkar came in and counter-attacked the Indian spin duo as runs came at a fair clip. Soumya for good measure pulled Ashwin for a boundary and followed it with a lofted drive over mid-on.
Left-hander Imrul Kayes was also hitting the occasional boundary as the scoreboard kept ticking during their 51-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Harbhajan bowled the occasional good delivery but was guilty of bowling a boundary ball in each over early on in the spell.
However the 'Turbanator' got his second victim when he removed an in-form Kayes (72), who misjudged the length while charging out.
The veteran offie had shortened the length and delivery also had turn and bounce which beat the left-handed opener as Wriddhiman got his third victim of the innings with a neat stumping.