Soumya and Mushfiq carried Bangladesh before declaration

After passing some drought-stricken months, a light finally blinked for Soumya Sarkar during the tour of New Zealand. He continued his improvement in a far different condition of India but failed again to capitalize his early gains to play a big innings. He scored 52 runs today, but should have been stayed on the crease for much longer.

Bangladesh may find it unsatisfactory at the end of day 1 of one-for practice match against India A. On the brink of facing world’s number one team, their batting still lacks confidence and patience as all seasoned batsmen except Mushfiq failed to carry on after starting well. Mushfiq was stalwart at one end but the regular falls on the other surely encumbered his temperament. He got out just after tea break with scoring 58 runs.

Bangladesh declared their innings on 224 to provide opportunities to the seamers to practice. India A, however, started with a fly and scored runs in quick succession. Subashis Roy was only able to bring a success but it was not reprieving enough to restrict Indian lads. India A ended the day on 91 with 9 wickets in hand and still trail by 133 runs.