India tame Bangladesh in second test

Written by: By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee
Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 12:33 [IST]
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India tame Bangladesh in second test

Dhaka: India completed a clean sweep of the two match test series against minnows Bangladesh. The No. 1 ranked Test side thrashed Bangladesh by 10 wickets to clinch the series 2-0 on the fourth day of second Test match here at Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. This is India's 4th consecutive Test victory and keep them firm on the No. 1 spot. Backed by some superb bowling by Zaheer Khan, India bowled out hosts for 312 in the second innings leaving the visitors with a target of mere two run to make in their second innings.


Resuming the day with an impressive overnight score of 228/3, the host found it tough to deal with Zaheer's fire power giving the pacer his career best figure of 7 for 87 and match haul of 10 wickets for the first time in his career. Their last seven wickets went down for 22 runs, undoing all the good work of the top order. Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh claimed two and one wicket respectively. Bangladesh Opener Tamim Iqbal smashed brilliant century (151) yesterday in the second innings to avoid innings defeat.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said “It was a difficult task to get 10 wickets in the 2nd innings because there was nothing in the pitch for the bowlers. Zaheer's spell last evening was remarkable and it did the trick for us. Batsmen had it easy on this wicket because of the slow turn so it was important that we batted well in the 1st innings. Zaheer is a master at reverse swing now so that was the reason why we didn't take the new ball. Ojha chipped in with a beauty to take the wicket of Ashraful. As a side, we could have still done a lot better in this series but hopefully the injuries take a back seat and all the players are fit before the SA series.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan said “I thought 1 hour of bad batting in both innings led to our downfall. There was nothing wrong with the pitch, we just need to introspect as to where we are going wrong and fightback". Zaheer Khan who won the man of the match for his superb bowling said "he pitch was getting slower and lower so it was important to stick to the basics on this kind of a wicket. I still need to work on my fitness but happy with the way things are shaping up for me. Yesterday's spell towards the end was extremely crucial. We are all now looking forward to going back home and play the Proteas"


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