Mayank Agarwal scores 2nd Test double century
Opener Mayank Agarwal on Friday scored his second double century as India reached 365 for 4 on the second day of the opening five-day match against Bangladesh in Indore on Friday.
Agarwal already has a double hundred in his kitty and once he reached 150, the TV cameras showed an elated skipper Virat Kohli pointing two fingers which indicated that he should carry on and hit another one.
Playing with only four bowlers, Bangladesh paid the price as pacer Ebadot Hossain and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam were rendered ineffective by Agarwal-Rahane duo, who made batting look easy. Rahane could not score a ton as he bowled by Abu Jayed, caught at deep point by Islam.
Ravindra Jadeja was batting at 12 when Agarwal scored the double century.
On a pitch where where the Bangladeshi batsmen struggled on the first day, Agarwal hit boundaries and sixes at will.
In the post lunch session, the inside out six off Taijul (0/90 in 24 overs) was the shot to remember. Agarwal was also severe on Mehidy Hasan Miraj (0/75 in 20 overs), hitting him for a couple of sixes along with a few boundaries.
By the time Bangladesh took the second new ball, there were drooping shoulders all around, a signal that they have already resigned to fate. The energy level on the field also saw a significant dip.
Rahane, who is in fine form since the tour of the West Indies, also brought in his years of experience en route his 21st Test half-century. He also reached an individual milestone, scoring 4,000 runs in his 62nd Test match. His innings so far was studded with eight boundaries.
However, it was a disappointing Friday morning for the 10,000-odd spectators, who had come to watch skipper Kohli. He was dismissed by seamer Abu Jayed for a duck.
Early into the innings, Jayed bowled an off-cutter and then got a successful DRS appeal for leg before, denying the Indian captain an opportunity to trouble the scorers.
In the morning, Jayed was unlucky when Pujara was dropped by Mehidy at gully and the Saurashtra right-hander promptly square cut the next to complete his 23rd Test half-century.
But the drop didn't prove costly as Jayed got him caught by substitute Saif Hasan at third slip after hitting nine boundaries.