The decision to bat first on a surface which looked promising to aid fast bowling coupled with overcast conditions turned out to be suicidal for Bangladesh as the visitors got bundled out at 150 on Day 1 of the 1st Test being played at Indore. Facing an in form Indian fast bowling lineup in these conditions was always going to be an uphill task for the non-experienced Bangla batters and they indeed find it difficult. For India, Shami was the best bowler however, wickets were shared between 4 bowlers so none of them stole the show single handedly.
The day started with Umesh bowling beautiful lines although with very little luck but he was not short of it for very long as Imrul Kayes nicked one to the gully at last. One wicket was followed by other and then by another as Bangladesh soon found themselves struggling at 12-2 in the first hour. It was the experienced southpaw Mushfiqur Rahim who tried to get things back on track along with Mohammad Mithun but Shami who was the only pacer left with no wicket dismissed Mithun with an inswinger. India were in the driver seat just after one session.
The resurgence from Bangladesh did come after the lunch even though they were helped by the buttery palms of Indian catchers, Ajinkya Rahane in particular who put down as many as 3 chances coming his way along with Kohli dropping one. The frustrating vigil finally came to an end when Bangladeshi skipper literally had a brainfade as he left a straight delivery from Ashwin which castled his stumps. Surely, none of the Indian fielders could have helped them in getting a reprieve this time. Ashwin then again found that sound of ball hitting the timbre pretty soon as he dismissed a reckless Mahmudullah. Rahim, who stood his ground till now got an absolute peach from Shami. The ball pitched outside off and Rahim made up his mind of leaving the ball but it came back in and cut Rahim into halves. Luckily, for India it didn’t bounce over and Rahim departed for a well made 43.
His wicket caused a procession. Mehidy was dismissed on the very next ball and Liton Das too couldn’t stay Not Out this time as India completed a team hattrick and Bangladesh was soon seen off after Tea. Shami too was on his individual hattrick after Tea although he couldn’t get it this time. Bangladesh surely didn’t see this coming before the first ball was bowled. Just to make things worse for the guests, Mayank Agarwal and Pujara stitched a solid unbeaten partnership till the stumps. Bangladesh did get an opportunity to celebrate as Abu Jayed nicked off an in form Rohit Sharma early. Mostly Rohit’s mistake as he poked a ball outside off without moving his feet and this pitch had something for bowlers to produce the edge this time instead of hitting the middle of his bat this time. Could have had two had Kayes not dropped Mayank late in the evening. Day 1 action was enough to dismantle all the hopes of Bangladesh and now Day 2 might be the day of crushing their souls.