India are playing against Bangladesh in a two-match Test series that kicked off on December 14 in Chattogram. In the 84th over of the innings, pace bowler Ebadot Hossain managed to breach Iyer’s defence. The ball thumped into the stumps only for the bails to not be removed at all. Interestingly, the bails moved from their position due to the impact but didn’t fall down and according to the rules led to the batter surviving a close shave.
Iyer breathed a sigh of relief and gave his batting partner Cheteshwar Pujara a high-five, while the Bangladesh fielders engaged in discussion with the umpires over the incident. Reacting to the incident, former India opener and now broadcaster Aakash Chopra tweeted, “Zing Bails are a bit of a joke. Honestly, if it lights up, it should be OUT.”
Zing Bails are a bit of a joke…— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 14, 2022
Honestly…if it lights up, it should be OUT. #BanvInd
Indian team is in a better position
Earlier, India captain KL Rahul had won the toss and opted to bat in Chattogram. However, the side endured a poor start as it lost three quick wickets inside the first 20 overs. Shubman Gill (20) was the first to depart before Rahul (22) was castled by Khaled Ahmed. India star Virat Kohli, too, failed to make a mark as he departed on 1.
Cheteshwar Pujara (90), then, stuck at one end as he revived the Indian innings alongside Rishabh Pant (46 off 45 deliveries). The 34-year-old senior India batter forged another important 149-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer, who got out at the beginning of Day 2. Axar Patel was dismissed on the final ball of the first day on 14 as India had reached 278/6 at the end of Day 1.
India are currently in a better position as Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav stitched a 92-run stand for the 8th wicket. However, Ashwin was dismissed on 58 by Mehidy Hasan Miraz and later Kuldeep also got out by Taijul Islam. India will look to bundle up the Bangladeshi batting lineup as soon as possible in order to take the lead in the two-match series.
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