Bangladesh bowlers put to the sword

It was the turn of the Bangladesh bowlers to put up a dismal performance as India A, helped by centuries from opener Priyank Panchal (103), Shreyas Iyer (100) and Vijay Shankar (103), posted an imposing 461 for six on the final day of the two-day practice match.

Shreyas Iyer and Priyank Panchal cross ends on Day Two of the two-day practice match against Bangladesh, at the Gymkhana Ground on Monday.   -  K.V.S. Giri

It was the turn of the Bangladesh bowlers to put up a dismal performance as India A, helped by centuries from opener Priyank Panchal (103), Shreyas Iyer (100) and Vijay Shankar (103), posted an imposing 461 for six in the stipulated 90 overs on the final day of the two-day practice match, at the Gymkhana Ground here on Monday.

In the second essay, Bangladesh finished at 73 for two.

On a pitch which eased up considerably after giving a few moments of anxiety in the morning session, the India A batsmen had given the Bangladesh attack a feel of what could be in store in the one-off Test match against India starting here from February 9.

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Batting with great freedom, Panchal and Shreyas were rarely troubled by the attack and it was a sorry sight as the bowlers failed to pose any serious challenge which could test the technique of the batsmen. The one exception was medium-pacer Subashis Roy, who returned with a respectable three-wicket haul even as the others went for a beating against the free-stroking century-makers.

Shreyas was the more aggressive of the lot and was in a hurry to reach three figures, hitting three huge sixes. Though lucky to be dropped on 86, by Mehedi Hasan at deep point off left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, Shreyas did serve a reminder of his impressive blend of defence and stroke-play. He then reached his century in style with a huge one over long-on off Mehedi Hasan.

Later, Panchal, who was more subdued to start with, opened up slowly to complete a deserving century. Like Shreyas, he too reached the three-figure mark with a six, which incidentally hit a groundstaff member in the nets, forcing medical attention.

There was no relief for the Bangladesh bowlers after the two century-makers retired and it was the turn of Vijay Shankar to come up with a brilliant innings, especially in the last five overs of the innings when he picked boundaries at will with authoritative stroke-play.

Earlier, even Nitin Saini piled on the misery for the visiting bowlers as he notched up a quick half-century.

The scores:

Bangladesh: 1st innings: 224 for eight decl.

India A: 1st innings: Priyank Panchal retd hurt 103, Abhinav Mukund c Keyes b Subashish Roy 16, Shreyas Iyer retd hurt 100, Ishank Jaggi c & b Subashis Roy 23, Rishab Pant c Shafiul b Subashis Roy 19, Ishan Kishan st Mushfiqur b Taijul Islam 11, Hardik Pandya lbw b Taijul Islam 7, Vijay Shankar not out 103, Nitin Saini c Mehedi b Taijul Islam 66, Jayant Yadav not out 6.

Extras: (nb-2, lb-5) 7.

Total: (for six wickets in 90 overs) 461

Fall of wickets: 1-41 (Mukund), 2-267 (Rishab), 3-276 (Jaggi), 4-278 (Kishan), 5-287 (Pandya), 6-402 (Saini).

Bangladesh bowling: Shaiful Islam 10-1-50-0, Abu Jayed Rahi 13-1-72-0, Subashis Roy 16-1-57-3, Mehedi Hasan 16-1-92-0, Taijul Islam 28-3-141-3, Sowmya Sarkar 3-1-13-0, Mahmudullah 3-0-24-0, Monimul Haque 1-0-7-0.

Bangladesh: 2nd innings: Tamim Iqbal not out 42, Sowmya Sarkar st Kishan b Kuldeep Yadav 25, Mominul Haq c Jaggi b Kuldeep Yadav 0, Mahmudullah not out 1.

Extras: (lb-3, nb-2) 5.

Total: (for two wickets in 15 overs) 73.

Fall of wickets: 1-71 (Sarkar), 2-71 (Mominul).

India A bowling: Hardik Pandya 4-0-20-0, Jayant Yadav 6-1-36-0, Shahbaz Nadeem 3-1-12-0, Kuldeep Yadav 2-1-2-2.

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