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India vs B’desh, Day 5: India beat Bangladesh by 208 runs

The magic of spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja outclassed Bangladesh to register a comprehensive victory by 208 runs in the one-off Test in Hyderabad.

They combined to snuff out eight Bangladesh wickets, dismissing the visitors for 250 in their second innings and win the one-off Test by a comprehensive 208-run margin.

The other two wickets went to Ishant Sharma, who bowled his heart out to pick up two important wickets in the second session.

Once that was done, Bangladesh lost their final four wickets for 37 runs. India took their unbeaten streak in Test matches to 20.

India have now won six consecutive series since Sri Lanka in 2015 – their best streak ever. They had won 5 in a row between 2008 and 2010.

Resuming the day on 103/3, once again Bangladesh’s hope of not losing an early wicket was dented by Jadeja in the third over itself. Bowling round the wicket, the ball pitched on one of the footmarks and took off to kiss Shakib Al Hasan’s glove and was taken by Cheteshwar Pujara at short leg.

With plenty of turn and bounce on offer, Virat Kohli brought in five close-in fielders around the bat.Fresh off a century in the first innings, Mushfiqur began cautiously before deciding to move his feet to Ashwin. In the past, batsmen have been found guilty of playing him on the backfoot so perhaps Mushfiqur had a plan in mind.

Fresh off a century in the first innings, Mushfiqur began cautiously before deciding to move his feet to Ashwin. In the past, batsmen have been found guilty of playing him on the backfoot so perhaps Mushfiqur had a plan in mind.

When he hit a sublime cover drive for four off him the ploy seemed to have begun well. But two balls later, Mushfiqur offered a leading edge and threw his wicket away. Credit must also go to Jadeja for constantly bowling at Mushfiqur’s pads and frustrate him.At the other end, as India applied pressure through Ishant and Umesh Yadav’s reverse, Mahmudullah held his ground. He scored his first boundary off the 46th delivery faced and even that was an edge after Ishant had squared him up outside off. But with the wicket of Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah opted to get a move on. He did so by skipping down to Jadeja and sending him for successive boundaries in the 50th over.

At the other end, as India applied pressure through Ishant and Umesh Yadav’s reverse, Mahmudullah held his ground. He scored his first boundary off the 46th delivery faced and even that was an edge after Ishant had squared him up outside off. But with the wicket of Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah opted to get a move on. He did so by skipping down to Jadeja and sending him for successive boundaries in the 50th over.

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