On the contrary to India’s reputation of being the toughest place on earth for a tour in modern cricket, it was the hosts who were uncharacteristically generous in offering Bangladesh batsmen repeat opportunities to stay on the wicket.
Bangladesh’s top scorer, Mushfiqur Rahim, was dropped thrice while the second highest scorer, Mominul Haque, and Mahudullah Riyad were dropped once each.
Ajinkya Rahane was the most generous, however, it was Ravichandran Ashwin who bore the brunt of their mistakes as the off-spinner had Mominul dropped on three, Mushfiqur on 14 and Mahmudullah on seven, all by Rahane at slip.
Before that, India skipper Virat Kohli dropped Mushfiqur Rahim on three off a Umesh Yadav delivery. Near the end of the Bangladesh innings, keeper Wriddhiman Saha dropped a difficult chance, with Mushfiqur on 34, off the bowling of, you guessed it, Ashwin.
With Mominul scoring 37, Mushfiqur 43 and Mahmudullah 10, the Indians had gifted Bangladesh 77 runs. But the Tigers are generous themselves and did not cash in on their hosts’ kindness.
In an effort to pay back the hosts, Bangladesh were all out for 150 with Imrul Kayes dropping Mayank Agarwal off a Abu Jayed delivery on 32. With Agarwal unbeaten, it has cost Bangladesh just five so far but will there be more to follow?