We had to really work hard for this win, says KL Rahul

NEW DELHI: Though India registered a comprehensive 188-run win against Bangladesh in the first Test of the two-match series at Chattogram on Sunday, captain KL Rahul admitted that his team was made to really work hard for the victory.

India wrapped up the match inside one hour in the morning session, with four wickets needed on the final day, bowling out the hosts for 324 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

AS IT HAPPENED

Bangladesh had offered dogged resistance on the fourth day morning session on Saturday with

Zakir Hasan

(100) hitting a patient century, while

Najmul Hossain Shanto

(67) scoring a fifty.

“Hard fought Test match and we had to really work hard for this win. Really happy we did that,” Rahul, who registered his first Test win as skipper, said at the post-match presentation.

“It (the pitch) did flatten out, didn’t worry us. Looked like the batters were batting comfortably. Getting runs was hard for the first three days. The way their (Bangladesh) openers batted, we had to work hard.”

Rahul said India wanted to turn things around after losing the ODI series 1-2 to Bangladesh.

“We’ve been here for a while. The one-day series, it didn’t go as we wanted. Our intensity was really high. We know no victory comes high.”

The India skippper lauded his batting unit, especially Cheteshwar Pujara,

Shubman Gill

, Shreyas Iyer and

Rishabh Pant

for their contributions in the win.

“We batted well in the first innings as well. It was a job well done by Shreyas and Puji (Pujara), even Pant’s counter-attack. Really happy for them (Gill and Pujara), they utilised the opportunity.

Rahul also lavished praise on the bowling unit.

“Very pleased with the way we bowled. The pitch wasn’t really assisting the bowlers, but they found something. Umesh (Yadav) bowled a couple of great spells and brought us back into the game. We’ve built this attack over the years. They are showing what quality they have,” Rahul said.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, who hit an attacking 84 in the second innings, said the pitch was a batting beauty but they were undone by below-par show with the willow in the first innings.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 150 in their first innings in reply to India’s 404.

“It was a really good wicket to bat on but we didn’t bat well (in the first innings). Playing after 5-6 months, it wasn’t ideal but there should be no excuses,” Shakib said.

“Lot of credit to India the way they bowled. They bowled in partnerships and created pressure. We have to play good cricket for all five days. We have to play four good innings to be able to get a result especially against India.”

Shakib was effusive in his praise for young Zakir Hasan.

“He (Zakir) has been scoring a lot of runs in domestic runs, that’s why we picked him. Hopefully, he scores a lot more centuries for Bangladesh.”

Wrist spinner

Kuldeep Yadav

, who won the man-of-the-match award for his career-best match figures of 8 for 113 besides a dogged 40 in India’s first innings, said it wasn’t easy to pick up wickets in the second innings as the pitch had flattened out.

“To be very honest I am happy with the performance, both with bat and ball. First innings the pitch was quicker than the second innings. There was some pace in the first innings, but the second innings was very challenging,” he said.

“It was slower. so I was trying to work on my rhythm and bowl quicker. Probably more revs on the ball makes it challenging for the batters and it is difficult to step down and drive as well (why wrist spinners have that extra edge).

“I just worked on my rhythm, tried to be more aggressive and it’s helped me a lot. The action is the same, just trying to be aggressive in the rhythm (about working on his bowling),”

Kuldeep

added.

The second Test of the two-match series will start in Mirpur on December 22.

(With PTI inputs)

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