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India led by 68 runs over Bangladesh with 7 wickets in hand in 1st Innings at Eden

Kolkata, Nov 22 (UNI) Skipper Virat Kohli's 59 not out and his 94-run third wicket partnership with Cheteswar Pujara (55) powered India to score 174 for loss of 3 wickets against Bangladesh on the first day of the historic day-night pink ball Test match at the packed Eden Gardens, here on Friday.

India were leading by 68 runs with seven wickets in hand at end of the night. Virat Kohli was batting at 59 and Ajinkya Rahane was on the crease at 23 when the field umpires called the day after having total 76.3 over played.

Earlier, Ishant Sharma's fiery spell of 5 for 22 restricted the tourists to 106 all out in 30.3 overs in the first innings.
Chasing one of Bangladesh's poor scoring in Test cricket in the recent times, India, however, lost their early wicket of Mayank Agarwal (14), when the score was 26.
Young Agarwal, whose highest run of 243 at Indore in the first Test, helped India to win by an innings and 130 runs, poorly sneaked an outgoing ball off Al Amin and Mehedy Hasan held the ball at first slip before tea.
In the post-tea session Virat Kohli and Pujara together held the pitch and began to pick runs in tandem before Pujara was held by Shadman Islam from Ebadat Hossain delivery. Pujara, who crossed 15000 runs, hit eight 4s to score 55.
Virat Kohli also crossed 5000 runs as Test captain and he was the quickest to get that mark in Test matches. Kohli in his 59 not out hit 8 boundaries.
Immediately in post tea session India received another blow, when opener Rohit Sharma (21) poorly judged on an incoming ball from Ebadat Hossain and deliberately padded the pink ball.
As the umpire raised his finger, India made an abortive attempt for reviewing. It was an error in judgment from Rohit, which cost his wicket.

Bangladesh bowlers Ebadat Hossain took 2/61 followed by al Amin Hossain 1/49.

Indian pace trio Ishant Sharma while heading the list of top wicket taker in his 12 overs spell, his mate Umesh Yadav folowed him with 3/29 in 7 overs, and Mohammed Shami ended with 2/36 in 10.3 overs.

The visiting side, which conceded an innings and 130 runs defeat in the first Test at Indore, could bat only 30.3 overs and collapsed before tea.

Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque after winning the toss decided to bat first, but his batters failed to face the battery of the Indian pace at the full house of Eden Gardens.

Bangladesh were 73/6 at lunch in 21.4 overs could add only 33 runs in remaining 4 wickets between post lunch and tea.
Bangladesh were forced into soliciting two concussion replacements on the opening day after wicket keeper batsman Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan were struck on the helmet by Mohammed Shami rising deliveries.

It also marked the first time a team has had to make two replacements since the ICC allowed concussion replacements in all international matches from August 1, 2019.
Mehidy Hasan and Taijul Islam are the two replacement players, who will play the remainder of the pink-ball Test.
Liton (24 runs) was hit on the helmet in the 21st over of the innings.
After a brief consultation from the physio, he continued batting and even hit two boundaries thereafter, before feeling the effects of the blow in the next over and walking off.
Incidentally, Liton was replaced by off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, who will not be allowed to bowl as per the ICC's Playing Conditions, which mandates only like-for-like replacements.

Bangladesh lost another of their starters two overs later, when Nayeem wore a Shami bumper on his helmet.

India's team physio, Nitin Patel was amongst the first to check on Nayeem, who after a round of checks, even offered a thumbs up and a smile.

Nayeem went on to score four boundaries enroute his knock of 19, but did not step out to field at the end of Bangladesh's innings. The team management confirmed his replacement with left-arm spinner Taijul Islam.
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