Rishabh Pant struck another blow in Test cricket but fell for the sixth time in the 90s before reaching his sixth Test century. At 72 for 3, which soon became 94 for 4 with the departure of Virat Kohli, Pant attacked the Bangladesh spinners, who had earlier tied India’s top order. Along with Shreyas Iyer, who bowled another short ball to make 87, Pant revived India’s innings with a 159-run fifth-wicket partnership in just 30 overs.
Bangladesh regained some ground by taking India’s last six wickets for just 61, but an 87-run first innings lead meant the visitors were still ahead on the third day, on a pitch that has continued to play the odd trick, it seems. may have slowed down a bit after the first day.
But some of the highest ranks took it as if survival without a blow was the only way to get to this surface; Shubman Gill was out alone playing a shot, picked a fairly full delivery from Taijul Islam to sweep, and failed.