It was a hectic season in international cricket due to the swirl of match-fixing allegations and banishment of several well-reputed international cricketers. Amidst of all those difficulties, dramas and ups and downs, cricketing world celebrated the entry of the newest member in the group of elites. Bangladesh made a leap in the test arena with their first game against India.
The vibe was enchanting in Dhaka; excitements were pounding in all Bangladeshi fans’ hearts. All country stood still on that magnificent Friday morning when Naimur Rahman walked towards the center of Bangabandhu National Stadium for the toss. That moment will be cherished forever by Ganguly as well since it was his first time to lead his side in the international level.
On the first day of that test match, Aminul Islam shared the spotlight with Habibul Bashar and surpassed the wildest dreams of their cricket fans. Bangladesh scored 239 runs on that day by losing 6 wickets. Habibul Bashar was outstanding to prove his importance in the team and become the first Bangladeshi to score a half century in test match. He was playing swiftly with utter confidence but suddenly mistimed a ball from Zahir Khan while pulling it and found the hands of Ganguly. However, his 71 runs from 112 balls paved the way for Bangladesh to accrue a decent total.
The second day was simply Aminul Islam’s show. He played the sheet anchor role to perfection and displayed his potential of a solid test batsman. He observed his partners to fall down in regular intervals but it didn’t deter him or blight him at all. He played a master-stroke of 145 runs and became only the third in cricket history to clinch a ton in the debut match of a nation after Charles Bannerman and Dave Houghton. His sheer determination culminated his team on a cusp of 400 mark.
India put on 429 runs on board in reply. Naimur’s six-for and Rafique’s three-for didn’t allow them to increase their lead further. At one stage, Bangladesh were seemed to take the charge as they pulled down top six batsmen of India by 236 runs and debunked Indian tail. But Sunil Joshi scored 92 runs to blow away that chance and made a rigid 121 runs partnership with Ganguly.
The match could be ended as a drawn if Bangladesh could manage to bat well in the second innings. Their history of sudden batting collapse which has begun from that inaugural test match thwarted it to be happened. Bangladeshi batsmen seemed to complete a procession since one by one batsman threw away their wicket by playing injudicious shot. Only two batsmen could reach the double digit mark and consequently Bangladesh got all out by 91 runs and could able to set a meager target of 63 runs. India swiftly excelled that target in 15 overs and won the match by 9 wicket.