Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer will miss hundreds and a chance to give India full control of the second test in Dhaka on Friday after Bangladesh took quick wickets to keep alive their chances of tying the series. All-round star Shakib al-Hasan stepped up to claim three wickets in the final session on day two, just as his side watched the game slip away. India ended their innings at 314 and squeaked an 87-run lead, but had expected a much greater tally when they resumed after tea at 226-4, with both Pant and Iyer having posted half centuries.
Bangladesh cut that lead to 80 through stumps and finished the day without losing a wicket with openers Najmul Hossain Shanto on five and Zakir Hasan on 2.
Pant and Iyer batted aggressive half-centuries to take India past Bangladesh’s first innings total, but both came agonizingly short of their hundreds as India lost their last six wickets for 61 runs.
Their partnership came to an end after leading India to 253, with Pant hitting 93 balls off 104 and Iyer collecting his 87 off 105 deliveries.
Pant had been at his best, hitting five sixes and seven fours in his 11th Test fifty, before bypassing Mehidy Hasan for a sharp catch behind the stumps.
That wicket cascaded as skipper Shakib lost Axar Patel (4) for his first wicket and knocked out Iyer two overs later.
Iyer rode his luck in an innings with 10 fours and two sixes. He was dropped by Mehidy on 19 on Taskin and then escaped again when wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan missed a simple chance on Shakib.
The first session of the day belonged to Bangladesh as Taijul knocked out KL Rahul (10) and Shubman Gill (20) leg-before in successive overs before dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara for 24.
Indian skipper Rahul was not initially declared eliminated, but the decision was reversed upon review.
Gill walked off after being hit head-on by Taijul in the next over.
The left-arm spinner broke up as the fledgling 34-run partnership between Pujara and Kohli just as the duo looked ready.
Pujara, who completed 7,000 test runs during the innings, was caught by Mominul Haque on the forward short leg.
Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin claimed four wickets each on day one India defeated Bangladesh for a modest total in the first innings.
India won the first Test of the two match series by 188 runs at Chittagong.
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