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Reason behind devastating defeat in Test match
The frustrating dismissal of senior player of Bangladesh test squad Mushfiqur Rahim can be taken as an example of the abject plight of the tigers during the first test match against India. Photo: Collected

Reason behind devastating defeat in Test match

The devastating defeat Bangladesh suffered against India in the first Test in Indore on Saturday once again exposed the yawning gap between the standards of the two sides in all departments in the longest format of the game that constitutes the supreme test of the players’ skill and temperament. The disparity would only widen they go to the second and final test of the series in Kolkata on November 22.  India are the no one ranked side in ICC’s test team ranking and Bangladesh languishing at number nine just above Afghanistan.The Indore match did not produce a competitive game and looked like a one-sided exhibition match reflecting India’s overwhelming superiority and Bangladesh’s mediocrity in tests.Savour some examples of the chasm between the two teams. The combined aggregate of Bangladesh’s first-innings score and runs scored by their top order in the second — 150 and—does not even match Indian opener Mayank Agarwal’s 243.On the bowling front, Bangladesh could manage just six Indian wickets. Four of Bangladesh bowlers sent down 89 overs between them for just two Indian wickets. In their first innings, pacemen Ebadat Hossain and Abu Jayed and spinners Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan Miraz conceded more than 100 runs each. For India, the three fast bowlers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami gave away only 94 runs between them.But the full measure of abject capitulation by Bangladesh cannot be gauzed by mere statistics. Their openers Shadman Islam and Imrul Kayes lacked the technical skill to play the opening swing...

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