On This Day In 2019: India won its first day-night test, Virat Kohli scored a century


India became the 9th Test playing country to debut with the pink ball.
Before this, India was saying no to pink ball cricket for almost 4 years.
The first Day-Night Test was played in 2015 by Australia and New Zealand.

New Delhi. On this day, three years ago i.e. on 24 November 2019, Virat Kohli-led Team India played its first day-night Test match against Bangladesh at the iconic Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata. Kohli & Co. won the match by an innings and 46 runs in just three days. Bangladesh’s Test captain Mominul Haque had decided to bat first after winning the toss in a memorable match. However, their plan to bat first backfired as the Indian fast bowlers, especially Ishant Sharma, wreaked havoc on Bangladesh’s batting line-up with their lethal bowling.

Ishant Sharma took five wickets for just 22 runs in the first innings of the match, helping India bundle out Bangladesh for 106 runs in 30.3 overs. Apart from Ishant, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami also performed brilliantly with the ball, taking three and two wickets respectively. Bangladesh opener Shadman Islam was the top scorer for the visiting team in their first innings. He scored 29 runs in 52 balls with the help of five fours.

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In response, Indian captain Virat Kohli scored an innings of 136 runs from 194 balls and the hosts posted a respectable score of 347 runs for the loss of nine wickets before declaring their innings. This was Kohli’s record 27th century in the longest format of the game. The interesting thing is that Kohli had not scored a single century since his innings in this match. After this, after a gap of almost three years, during the Asia Cup 2022, Virat scored his century in T20 International cricket against Afghanistan.

Apart from Virat Kohli, India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara (55 off 105 balls) and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (51 off 69 balls) also contributed with the bat. For Bangladesh, Ibadat Hossain and Al-Amin Hossain took three wickets each, while Abu Jayed and Taijul Islam took two and one wicket respectively.

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Bangladesh’s batsmen failed to rise to the occasion in their second innings as well, as they lost four wickets in the space of 13 runs. However, after this Mushfiqur Rahim (74) and Mahmudullah (39 off 41 balls) tried to stabilize the innings by sharing a 69-run partnership for the fifth wicket, but later retired hurt.

Eventually, India dismissed Bangladesh for just 195 runs to register a big win. Umesh bowled brilliantly for India in the second innings, taking five wickets for 53 runs. Ishant also took four wickets in the third innings of the match.

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