Kolkata, Nov 24: Iconic Eden Gardens gives India to savour a cricketing history - the first day-night pink ball Test play- where skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with a century and his pace duo - Umesh and Ishant - then bundled Bangladesh poorly to win by an innings and 46 runs triumphs inside three days.
New records unfolded in past two and a half days as 31-year-old Virat Kohli becomes first cricketer in this continent to have scored (136), his 27th Test ton, and quickest captain to have scored over 5000 runs and equalled Aussie great Ricky Ponting's 41st century as the skipper in all forms of cricket. This is the 7th win in a row for Team India. They break their previous record of 6 straight wins.
They also become the first team to win four Tests in a row by an innings margin. Virat brigade defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 130 run at Indore, MP, last week. Recently India beat South Africa by an innings and 137 runs, Pune, and again at by innings and 202 runs, Ranchi, a world record indeed.
After 31-year-old right armed pacer Ishant Sharma broke the spine of the visitors at Eden with 4/39 on Saturday, 32-year-old pacer Umesh Yadav folded Bangla's second innings within 50 minutes of play today. His yesterday's 2/40 turned 5/53. Shamra, however was the highest wicket taker with tally 9/61 and Yadav's 8/82. Remaining two wickets were taken by Md Shami.
Bangladesh Batsman Mamdhulla, who retired hurt for hamstring at 39, could not bat in the second innings. In fact Bangladesh will have to ponder if they could stand the five-day Test play with their presence strength. However, kudos to Bangladesh Cricket Board that it readily agreed to play pink ball day and night test after Indian cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly offered them to play such game to attract more spectators.
Eden Gardens also recorded over 50,000 fans on Friday and Saturday in the Test, which is losing fans around the world.
The visiting side began the day with 152//6 in 32.3 overs were folded 195 in 41.1 overs. Yafav struck in his first ball of the day taking Ebadat Hosain (0) out for catch by Virat Kohli and then Al Amin Hossain (21), caught by W Saha and overnight batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (74), who added 15 runs today. All wickets of the day were taken by Yadav. (UNI)