The first of the two unofficial four-day “Test” match for the India A team’s tour of Bangladesh got underway on Tuesday at the Cox’s Bazar Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium. After folding Bangladesh A for just 112 runs on Day 1, the visitors had the upper hand. The opening pair of Yashasvi Jaiswal and captain Abhimanyu Easwaran then put together an unbroken 120-run partnership to give India an eight-run advantage in the first innings of the game.
India A also experienced some luck, which the Bangladesh players found to be completely unexpected. Easwaran pushed for a quick single in the ninth over of India A’s innings after defying bowler Khaled Ahmed’s delivery. However, the mid-on fielder swiftly ran after the ball, grabbed it, and hurled it toward the non-end, striker knocking the bails loose.
Ahmed and the rest of the Bangladesh A players swiftly appealed, but the umpire rejected the appeal. When the throw rattled the stumps, replays later revealed that Easwaran had missed the crease by a millimeter.
India A won the toss and decided to put the hosts in to bat first on Day 1 of the game. Saurabh got four wickets while Saini picked three as Bangladesh were folded for just 112 runs in 45 overs. Mukesh Kumar selected two, and Jayant Yadav selected the final option. Mosaddek Hossain led Bangladesh A in scoring with an 88-ball 63.
Both of India A’s large openers made their corresponding half-centuries. Easwaran was still alive after scoring 53 off 111 while Yashasvi got an unbeaten 61 off 106 balls. At the conclusion of the first day, India is 120/0 in 36 overs and have a one-run advantage.