Bangladesh needed to do something out of the box in the morning session of Day 2 but they faltered as Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane went on the attack to neutralise the threat of the new ball. The visitors' struggles continued as the Indian batsmen tormented their bowlers with ruthless efficiency and then they lost Soumya Sarkar at the fag end of the day.
That would have left them mentally exhausted after they were made to chase the leather throughout the day and the Indian batsmen looked all at ease. It would have definitely played on their mind. Mushfiqur Rahim's captaincy looked a bit disappointing, he didn't get his field placings right and the dropped catches didn't help. The pitch looked really good for batting but there were some deliveries that turned sharply and beat even the indomitable Kohli.
This looks like a typical Indian pitch which will get better for batting on Day 2 and 3 and start taking significant turn from the third evening. This is where the Bangladesh batsmen need to mix caution with aggression.
They have some naturally flamboyant batsmen but only aggression won't be the way to go. The ball did a bit for seam bowlers late in the evening. Umesh Yadav removed Sarkar with a beauty and then troubled Tamim Iqbal. It will be difficult but Bangladesh should take the same route on the third morning as India did on day two and try to accumulate runs in the first session. Positive approach will be the key but many a times Bangladesh have been guilty of over attacking. Balance is important. They need to at try and get atleast 320 on day three.
India have gone in with three pacers, Ravichandran Ashwin got just a hint of turn and didn't trouble the batsmen much which might have brought some relief to the Bangladesh camp. A lot also depends on Bangladesh's mental strength. They need to leave their bowling performance behind and look for a fresh start. They need to remember that they had scored close to 600 against in New Zealand not long ago and that they have the talent to get there. They were guilty of squandering dominant positions against New Zealand, before meekly surrendering, making the mental part crucial.
The talent is there but it needs to be put into use. Attack the pacers and play the spinners safely should be the mantra going forward. But they need to make sure that they aren't over defensive against them. It's an uphill task but not out of reach and they need to realise that almost every Indian batsman made merry on this wicket. The Tigers have played on similar pitches back home and that could help them in their bid to fight back. A collective effort is the need of the hour.
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Updated Date: Feb 11, 2017 09:10:34 IST