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India's Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer walk between the wickets during the second day of the second Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Friday.
India’s Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer walk between the wickets during the second day of the second Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Friday.

MIRPUR, Dec 23: Rishabh Pant enhanced his reputation with the team’s biggest game-changer with a scintillating 93, putting India in a commanding position to complete a clean sweep against Bangladesh on the second day of the second Test here on Friday.

Pant, who got out for the sixth time in his Test career in the 90s, again brought his ‘A’ game to the fore with a counter-attacking knock, completing the corner of India’s first innings score of 314.

Between lunch and tea, a match that seemed to be hanging in the balance was single-handedly changed by Pant, whose 104-ball innings featured seven huge fours and five huge sixes – some of which were lofted one-handed lofts.

Shreyas Iyer, who has been very consistent since his Test debut last year, also joined in with plenty of intent but missed out on his second hundred of the series, 87 off 105 balls.

A 159-run fifth-wicket stand between Pant and Iyer, which saw India at 94 for 4 and 94, will have their chances of finishing on day four and cementing their position in the World Test Championship table.

Chasing 87 runs, Bangladesh were seven for no loss on day 2, but the batting will be tough on day three and playing Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel on this track will be a herculean task.

If the morning session belonged to Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam (4/74 in 25 overs), he was top-class with the wickets of skipper KL Rahul (10), Shubman Gill (20) and Cheteshwar Pujara (24). , at the end of the evening, Pant hit like a tornado, blowing away the hosts.

It only helped Iyer at the other end, who was equally aggressive and a surface that suddenly looks like a willow paradise.

Pant spoke volumes for Bangladesh’s spin troika by smashing five sixes: two off Taijul, a couple off Mehidy Hasan Miraz and one off skipper Shakib Al Hasan.

India were in trouble at 94 for four as Virat Kohli (24, 73 balls) once again clipped one off Taskin Ahmed outside the outer channel before Pant boosted the Indian innings.

But Taijul was made to look pedestrian by the Rourkee wicketkeeper batsman.

Pant hammered Taijul into submission by repeatedly dancing and arching him between mid-cart and long-arm, or lifting him off the ground.

The most satisfying was a one-handed shot to rival captain Shakib. And it wasn’t surprising at all when he repeated Miraz’s stuff at length for a maximum length of 100 meters.

Bangladesh’s bowlers, bloated during the lunch break, had slumped shoulders by the time tea was called.

Pant’s beastly form rubbed off on Iyer, who also lifted Miraz for his first six and duly completed his second half-century of the series with a single.

By then, Pant had clipped one to Nurul Hasan behind the stumps, missed another hundred runs, was all out and was not out after cramping.

Earlier, misreading the track on the first day, Rahul paid the price for his defensive mindset as he offered quite a turn in the field on the opening day itself.

He didn’t look comfortable for once in his 45-ball stay, save for cover pushed from a bowler earlier in the day.

Gill, on the other hand, looked more confident, although Taijul kept his deliveries at good lengths and played a nice track.

Rahul got his deliveries in with an angle and then straightened enough to catch what looked like a seamer in front of the wickets. The umpire dismissed the LBW request, but Bangladesh got a decision in his favor after a DRS review.

In Gill’s case, it was a more straightforward decision where he was caught, as he missed a more straightforward one when attempting a sweep shot.

Pujara was confident up to the crease, but with the deliveries stopping and turning, there was always the risk of trading that ball back. (PTI)

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