India 'A' register innings victory over Bangladesh 'A'

India ‘A’ beat Bangladesh ‘A’ by an innings in the three-day unofficial Test at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here today. The visiting batsmen have been thoroughly disappointing in the first-class leg of the tour, losing to Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka by four-wickets in the previous match.

Ishwar Pandey successfully appeals for Sibbar Rahman's dismissal at the unofficial Test match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.   -  Sampath Kumar G.P.

India ‘A’ beat Bangladesh ‘A’ by an innings in the three-day unofficial Test at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

The visiting batsmen have been thoroughly disappointing in the first-class leg of the tour, losing to Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka by four-wickets in the previous match. On this occasion, the side started the final day 147 runs adrift, with eight wickets in hand. A lack of application hastened the end in a mere 28.3 overs - just under one session of play.

Overnight batsmen Liton Das and skipper Mominul Haque began in earnest fashion, but didn’t last long. In the ninth over of the day, pacer Ishwar Pandey came round the wicket and got immediate results. Liton played all over a length ball, only to watch his off-stump pegged back. Next man in, Sabbir Rahman was adjudged LBW two balls later and the batsman was visibly upset with the decision.

Four-drop Nasir Hossain offered a defensive prod to fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun, but could do little to stop the ball from ricocheting off his body and onto the stumps. In the same over, Shuvagata Hom edged one to Jayant Yadav at gully.

Mominul (54, 95b, 9x4) – he has frequently called on his team-mates to show some grit with the bat in this series – practiced what he preached. His played his shots along the carpet and left balls outside the off stump alone. Just when he seemed to have found the answers, he chipped off-spinner Jayant Yadav to Ravindra Jadeja at cover.

Mominul was the seventh wicket to fall, and any hope of a Bangladesh resistance quickly faded away.

Saqlain Sajib (21, 37b) and Shafiul Islam (13 n.o., 17b) attempted a few big shots, but the damage had already been done by the Indian bowlers. The end came with the stumping of Jubair Hossain – Jadeja’s only wicket of the match.

For the Indian bowlers, it was all too easy. Ishwar Pandey (three for 28), Jayant Yadav (three for 48) and Abhimanyu Mithun (two for 23) stuck to the basics, knowing fully well that a loose stroke was never too far away.