Mayank Agarwal’s record double century puts India in driver seat on day 2

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It was another dominating day for the Indian Cricket Team as they ended on 493 for 6 at the end of day 2 against Bangladesh played at Holkar Stadium, Indore on Friday.

Starting on the overnight score of 86 for 1, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal played with positive intent putting pressure on Bangladeshi bowling line. Pujara reached his half-century off 68 balls. Abu Jayed got the breakthrough dismissing Pujara for well made 54. Pujara and Mayank Agarwal added 91 runs for 2nd wicket. Jayed then dismissed India’s captain Virat Kohli with an inswing. The umpire gave not out and Mominal Haque decided to review the decision, changed its decision to out for 0. Agarwal survived a LBW decision as the umpire gave it out, but the batsman reviewed and the ball went leg stump. Ajinkya Rahane looked confident with his stroke play and took India to 188 for 3 at lunch break.

After the lunch break, Mayank Agarwal played with positive intent and never allowed the Bangladeshi bowlers to settle. Agarwal reached his century off 183 balls. Rahane played according to the merit of the ball and reached his 50 off 105 balls. Agarwal and Rahane made the batting look easy piling the misery on Bangladeshi bowlers. Mayank reached his 150 off 234 balls. The Bangladeshi captain took the 2nd new ball in the 81st over but could do any damage. At tea break, India went in a commanding 303 for 3.

In the third session, Abu Jayed got his fourth wicket of the innings dismissing Rahane for 86. Rahane and Agarwal added 190 runs for the 4th wicket. Ravindra Jadeja came to the crease and took time to settle. Mayank reached his double century with a massive six off 303 balls. After reaching his double century, Mayank stepped on the gas and attacked the tiring Bangladeshi bowling. To score quick runs, the run machine was dismissed for 243. Mayank and Ravindra Jadeja added 123 runs for the 5th wicket.

Wriddhiman Saha came to the crease and scored 12 off 11 balls. He was bowled by Ebdat Hossain. Ravindra Jadeja reached his fifty off 72 balls. Umesh Yadav was promoted ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin and took on the attack to Bangladeshi bowling remaining not out on 25 off 10 balls. Jadeja and Umesh added so far 39 runs for the 7th wicket. India ended the 2nd day on 493 for 6 with a massive lead of 343 runs.

India 493 for 6 in 114 overs ( Mayank Agarwal 243, Rahane 86, Jadeja 60*, Abu Jayed 4/108) lead Bangladesh 150 in 58.3 overs ( Mushfiqur Rahim 43, Mominal Haque 37, Mohammad Shami 3/27, Ishant Sharma 2/20) by 343 runs.

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