Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 11 December 2019

Mayank Agarwal doubles down to hand India control of Indore Test against Bangladesh

Hosts stretch lead to 343 after double century from opener on second day of first Test

India's Mayank Agarwal, left, celebrates after completing his double century on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. AFP
India's Mayank Agarwal, left, celebrates after completing his double century on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. AFP

India played Bangladesh out of the first Test in Indore by the second day itself, thanks to a superlative double century by opener Mayank Agarwal.

Agarwal hit 243 off just 330 balls as the hosts amassed 493-6 by the end of day two. The Indians scored 407 runs on Friday to extend the lead to 343.

The gap between the two sides grew as the day progressed and Agarwal cashed in, smashing 28 fours and eight mighty sixes.

He was looking for quick runs towards the end of the day, aiming for his first Test triple ton but was caught off Mehidy Hasan at deep midwicket.

But the day belonged to the 28-year-old. Agarwal got great support form Cheteshwar Pujara (54), Ajinkya Rahane (86) and even Ravindra Jadeja (60). His 190-run stand with Rahane was crucial as the No1 Test side were in a spot of bother at 119-3 after captain Virat Kohli was out for a duck.

Agarwal was adjudged lbw to Mehidy on 82 but challenged the decision which was overturned after replays showed the ball would have missed the stumps.

The right-handed opener flicked Ebadat Hossain to bring up his hundred but Rahane missed his by 14 runs. As Agarwal eased past 150, Kohli urged the opener from the dressing room to push for a double century.

Agarwal reached his second double ton in style, hitting Mehidy over long-on for a six. Captain Kohli then asked Agarwal to go for a triple. But it wasn't to be Agarwal slog-swept to deep mid-wicket.

Seamer Abu Jayed picked up four wickets but ended up as one of the four Bangladesh bowlers to concede more than 100 runs.

"We had lost two wickets, so the idea was to be cautious, but not too cautious," Agarwal said after the day's play.

"Once we got a good partnership, it was all about building. I was watching the ball well, so thought 'why not' for the big shots. We haven't spoken about declaration, but we are in the driver's seat."

The runs Agarwal has scored so far in his short career – three centuries and three fifties from seven Tests – are extra special for him as he has had to wait for many years to break into the team despite consistent runs.

"I changed my mindset in 2016, dropped my fear of failure," Agarwal said. "After that, I only got hungrier. There have been times when I've not got runs, so when the going is good, I just think of making it big. Really enjoyed the time since I made the Test team."

Updated: November 15, 2019 04:35 PM

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