Ravichandran Ashwin (42 not out) and Shreyas Iyer (29 not out) added an unbeaten 71-run partnership for the eighth wicket that helped India register a thrilling victory against Bangladesh in the second and final Test match of the series.
India resumed Day 4 on 45/4, needing 100 more runs to win in Dhaka and a series sweep (2-0). Early in the day, Bangladesh skipper and left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan trapped Jaydev Unadkat in front, sending the Indian batter back to pavilion for 13. Wickets continued to fall as the touring part lost two more wickets – Rishabh Pant (9) and overnight batter Axar Patel (34) – in quick succession. Both Pant and Patel were dismissed by Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who claimed a five-for in the second innings.
The next two batters – Iyer and Ashwin – batted with caution and just kept rotating the strike before settling in nicely. The duo started batting aggressively only when the required number of runs came under 50. At that stage, it looked like India’s game and it eventually turned out to be one.
The eighth wicket stand was India’s second highest in Test cricket in the fourth innings, and it ensured that India moved up to second pace in the 2021-23 ICC World Test Championship (WTC) table.
India’s next WTC assignment is against Australia, a four-match series at home in February-March 2023.
Here’s how Twitter reacted on India’s thrilling win over Bangladesh:
The scientist did it. Somehow got this one. Brilliant innings from Ashwin and wonderful partnership with Shreyas Iyer. pic.twitter.com/TGBn29M7Cg
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 25, 2022
Ashwin is one of Indian cricket's all time greats #BANvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 25, 2022
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) December 25, 2022
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 25, 2022
These knocks of 42*, 29*, and 34 by @ashwinravi99, @ShreyasIyer15, and @akshar2026 might be small in number, but they're huge in stature! Congratulations India on winning the series 👏🏽 Well played to Bangladesh too, gave India proper scare! #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/x30h7WUliW
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 25, 2022
Well batted ash @ashwinravi99 !! Woody woodpecker 😊👍🏻
— Mithun Manhas (@MithunManhas) December 25, 2022
INDIAAA WIN 💙💙💙
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 25, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) December 25, 2022
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 25, 2022
Shreyas Iyer-R Ashwin were brilliant 👏 solid partnership. Shreyas was particularly impressive in this series against fine spin bowling. Key win. Home Series v Australia will be a tough assignment. Still feel batting has to step up
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) December 25, 2022
Phew! Fantastic win for India in the end, thanks to Iyer and Ashwin. Gutsy, skilful,astute, in taking team home. Bangladesh left to rue dropping Ashwin early in his innings. india’s prospects of making WTC final gets fillip
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 25, 2022
Still MVP in test cricket. @ashwinravi99
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 25, 2022
Merry Christmas, India! 💗 pic.twitter.com/oLpWvemQb9
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) December 25, 2022
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) December 25, 2022
India Still Undefeated against Bangladesh in Test
W W W D W W W D W W W W W*
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) December 25, 2022