India pacemen have Bangladesh in trouble at 63-3 in first test

INDORE, India (AP) — India’s pace bowlers combined for three wickets in the opening session to have Bangladesh in serious trouble at 63-3 by lunch on day one of the test series.

Ishant Sharma (1-12), Umesh Yadav (1-27) and Mohammed Shami (1-12) took a wicket each to keep a stranglehold on Bangladesh’s top order.

At the interval, Mominul Haque was unbeaten on 22 and Mushfiqur Rahim was 14 not out, the pair combining an unbroken 32-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Batting after winning the toss, Bangladesh was under immediate pressure. Sharma and Yadav shared the new ball and generated movement both ways that troubled the openers.

Yadav was the most impressive with an opening spell of 1-7 from six overs, having Imrul Kayes (6) caught at gully.

India’s Ishant Sharma celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Shadman Islam. PHOTO: AP

Sharma had Shadman Islam (6) caught behind and Shami went in at the first change and trapped Mohammad Mithun (13) lbw as Bangladesh was reduced to 31-3 in the 18th over.

It could have been worse for Bangladesh, but Virat Kohli dropped Rahim (on three not out) at third slip off Yadav’s bowling.

With good pace and movement from both ends, runs were difficult to come by. The introduction of spin late in the session came as some respite.

India opted for a third pace option with an eye on the grass covering the pitch, with Sharma replacing left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are the spinners.

Bangladesh opted for seven batsmen and four bowlers, with three spin options on a green surface at Holkar Stadium, which was had been expected to play true for batsmen initially before spin becomes a major factor.