Virat Kohli had a nightmare day on the field on the third day of the 2nd India-Bangladesh Test at Sher-e-Bangla in Dhaka.
The 34-year-old failed to capitalize on several chances in the slip, which allowed Litton Das to add vital runs to his and Bangladesh’s total and when it was his turn to bat in a tricky situation where India were in desperate need of a counter-strike from their best batter on a spinner pro pitch. He got out cheaply to Mehidy Hasan Miraz who took three wickets on the third day.
Mehidy returned Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Shubhman Gill to the pavilion.
Coming to Kohli’s fall, Kohli put his front foot without considering drift and spin, as he often does when playing off-spinners in turn lanes. The ball spun and hit the inside edge of his bat.
Mominul Haque, who was standing at forward short leg, anticipated brilliantly and dived forward to take a low catch. It was a sort of redemption for Mominul, who lost Indian captain KL Rahul’s catch in the first over of Shakib Al Hasan.
Soon after Mominul’s catch, the real drama started,
The Bangladesh players loudly and rightly celebrated as Kohli’s wicket was huge in the context of the game and India were now four for 37 in 19.5 overs. Kohli was not at all satisfied with the way Bangladesh players cheered. Then, he stood his ground for quite some time, turned towards the celebrating Bangladesh team, and mouthed a few words.
In the meanwhile, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan took note of that and looked at Kohli.
The former India national team captain was then seen rushing towards Shakib to complain about some of their teammates. He had a few words with Shakib before the umpire intervened.
Kohli scored only 1 run off 22 balls.
India vs Bangladesh 2nd test day third highlights:
All-rounder Axar Patel held out India’s innings after KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli all went down in the final inning against Bangladesh. India lost four wickets in just 37 in 19.5 overs.
Axar ended (26-run not out) and Jaydev Unadkat (3-run not out) were standing on India’s 45/4 in 23 overs at the end of the third day. The two will resume their innings tomorrow on an overnight.
Bangladesh- 227/10 in 73.5 overs
India- 314/10 in 86.3 overs (India took 87-runs lead)
Bangladesh-231/10 in 70.2 overs
India- 45/4 in 23 overs (on day third)
Axar Patel (26) and Jaydev Unadkat (3) will resume India’s innings tomorrow at 9.00 AM.
Team India need 100 runs to win the match in 200 overs.