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India beat Bangladesh in second Test thriller

Shreyas Iyer and Ravichandran Ashwin held on as India beat Bangladesh in a thrilling second test on Sunday, dashing Dhaka hopes of a first ever victory over their giant neighbours.

India needed just 145 to win the match and series 2-0, but the visitors eventually won by just three wickets in a nail-biting morning match on day four in Dhaka.

Bangladesh have outpaced India in previous 50-over series but have never beaten them in a Test. India had won 10 of the teams previous 12 Tests, including five wins by an innings.

India comfortably won the first Test by 188 runs in Chittagong and were expected to come home in the second match, cementing their position as runners-up in the ICC World Test Championship.

India beat Bangladesh on Saturday for under-par 231, but hosts Mehidy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan’s spinners then reduced the visitors to 45-4 with 100 still to chase.

Shakib started the slide with captain KL Rahul’s wicket for two and then Mehidy claimed Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli all for single-figure scores.

Bangladesh then reduced India to 74-7 when play resumed on Sunday, but Shreyas (29 not out) and Ashwin (42 not out) put up 71 runs in an unbroken eighth-wicket stand to lead India at home.

Mehidy was the stand out bowler for Bangladesh in the second innings, finishing with 5-63, which included two wickets in the morning.

Bangladesh dominated play in the opening hour when Shakib sent off night watchman Jaydev Unadkat, who hit a six in the opener but fell in the next after making 13.

Mehidy then trapped dangerous man Rishabh Pant leg first for nine before bowling undefeated overnight batsman Axar Patel for 34 runs.

Ashwin was taken out by Mominul Haque on a short forward leg before he got the hang of it, with Iyer looking solid against spin at the other end.

After his three fours in two overs Bangladesh were forced to finally bring the pacers into the attack, but to no avail.

Ashwin – named player of the match – brought India close with a six after Mehidy changed his bowling end and finished the contest with two more boundaries.

“(I’m not going to lie, there was a lot of tension in the dressing room. It was a tough wicket to bat at, they put pressure on us in both innings,” said Rahul, who captained in place of the injured Rohit Sharma .

“Everyone contributed. We always knew we had a chance… Great test cricket, that’s what the crowd loves to see,” said Shakib.

“Both teams were really good. Credit goes to Shreyas and Ashwin, they absorbed the pressure well and built a partnership” Shakib said.

Rock-solid Pujara was named player of the series, with the Sussex star making 222 runs in the series.