India 278 for 6 (Pujara 90, Iyer 82*, Taijul 3-84) vs Bangladesh
Chattogram: Brilliant half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Cheteshwar Pujara with a partnership stand of 149-run guide India to 278/6 against Bangladesh on the first day of the opening Test of the two-match series at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Wednesday.
At the end of day one, Iyer was batting unbeaten at 82 runs in 169 balls.
Iyer and Pujara rise to the occasion and scored crucial half-centuries at a time when India was down and out.
India resumed their innings at 174/5, Pujara showed his attacking intent as he slammed Ebadot Hossain for a beautiful four runs. The duo of Iyer and Pujara kept piling runs while hitting boundaries at regular intervals.
Pujara showed his masterclass as he brought up his gritty half-century in 125 balls with stunning back-to-back fours.
In the 63rd over of the game, Iyer also brought up his much-needed fifty with an outstanding four in 93 balls. The duo continued kept piling runs, bringing up their 100-run partnership while taking India beyond the 200-run mark.
Iyer and Pujara kept rotating the strike as the vice-captain took a more aggressive role as the innings progressed.
Bangladesh made several attempts but they were not successful to break the partnership.
Taijul Islam gave India a big blow as he dismissed well-set batter Pujara.
Taijul finally broke the blistering partnership stand of 149-run between the Indian vice-captain and Iyer in the 85th over of the game.
Pujara departed after playing an excellent knock of 90 off 203 deliveries.
The left-handed batter Axar Patel then came out to bat, but could not do much as he was dismissed by Mehidy Hasan Miraz on the last ball of the day for 14 off 26.
India ended the first day of the match in a comfortable position.
India were at 174/4 at Tea due to an unbeaten 62-run stand between Iyer and Pujara.
India managed to score 89 runs for the loss of one wicket in 30 overs during the second session, placing the team in a respectable position.
Earlier, India opted to bat after winning the toss and ended the first session at 85/3.
An unbeaten 37-run stand between Rishabh Pant and Chetehwar Pujara guided India to 85/3 in 26 overs at the time of lunch in Chattogram on Wednesday.
Rishabh Pant came when India was 48 for 3 and gathered 29*(26) before the lunch break on Day 1. Pujara was playing at an unbeaten 12 off 32 at lunch.