The star opener of Indian cricket team Mayank Agarwal shone for his side one more time in the Test cricket format as he singlehandedly registered an incredible double century against Bangladeshi Tigers in the thrilling Test Opener on Friday. During the second day of the first Test battle, Virat Kohli and team easily chased down the target of 151 runs in just hours. All thanks to the important partnership of Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal who performed exceptionally well in the first innings.
However, Pujara lost his wicket to star pacer Abu Jayed in 29.5 over but he bagged crucial 54 runs for his team’s win. This was then followed by another big blow to Indians as star skipper Virat Kohli walked back the pavilion without any run in the kitty. But it was Mayank Agarwal who kept scoring for the home team. The 28-year-old swashbuckling batsman then supported by the vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane who amassed 86 runs against the ‘Tigers’ and helped his team to cross 300-run benchmark.
Agarwal was unstoppable in the second day at Holkar Stadium. At first, he knocked a quick-fire hundred for the hosts, then a jaw-dropping double century and at last wrapped up his show with an astonishing 243-run stand. It was the deadly pacer Mehidy Hassan who took the crucial wicket of Mayank Agarwal at the end.
The run-feast, however, didn’t stop for India even after the departure of the incredible opener as Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja displayed some blistering knocks in front of the home crowd before the end of the day. When on one side, Yadav scored unbeaten 25 runs in just 10 balls, Jadeja on the other, added valuable 60 runs in India’s account. In this way, Indians took the lead by 343 runs in the first innings of Test opener in Indore. It will be interesting to see whether they will be able to cross the 500-mark on the third day against Bangladesh or the strong visitors will make a sensational come back in the game. The Tigers are hoping to bounce back against Indians with the second innings of first Test.