Mayank Agarwal continued his stellar run as India dominated Bangladesh in the first Test of the series at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Friday.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli got out for a rare duck but other Indian batsmen made Bangladesh bowlers toil hard for wickets as Cheteshwar Pujara (54) and Ajinkya Rahane (86) scored fifties and Agarwal brought up his second double hundred in Tests.
Agarwal’s double hundred also meant that this was the first instance of individual double hundreds for any team in four successive Tests.
Mayank had scored 215 against South Africa in the first Test of the three-match series which was his first double hundred in Test cricket. Kohli followed it up with an unbeaten 254 in the second Test in Pune. Rohit Sharma was the third batsmen to score a double ton when he hit 212 against the Proteas in the final Test.
Agarwal perished after scoring an impressive 243 off 330 ball thereby scoring India’s fourth individual double tons in as many Tests. He was also involved in two hundred-plus stands, 90-run partnership with Rahane and a 123-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja and added 91 runs for the second wicket while batting with Pujara.
Agarwal was dropped when he was on 32 by Imrul Kayes on the first day of the first Test on Thursday and the Karnataka man, made Bangladesh pay as he added 211 runs more before he eventually got out off Mehidy Hasan’s bowling.
The right-handed batsman, who hit eight sixes and 28 fours to push India’s lead close to 300, was caught at deep mid-wicket by Abu Jayed trying to clear the boundary.
Meanwhile, India declared at 493/6. Bangladesh had a bad start to their second innings as they were left reeling at 18/2 at the time of writing this article. The Bangla tigers now have a huge task of avoiding a defeat by an innings.