Shreyas Iyer and R Ashwin displayed incredible composure under pressure for an unbeaten 71-run stand to help India weather a spin storm at Mirpur’s Shere Bangla National Stadium and steal a three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second Test on Sunday. This was a game that tested the nerves and skills of most players.

The two met while the squad was in dire straits at 74/7 and still 71 runs away from the mark. Iyer (29* — 46 b, 4×4) and Ashwin (42* — 62b, 4×4, 1×6) controlled the innings to enable India to elude Bangladesh for a 2-0 series victory.

The outcome means India’s chances of winning the World Test Championship are good as they have solidified their grip on second place ahead of a four-match home series against Australia that will begin in February.

It was a tight game that might have gone anyway. When play resumed, India needed 100 runs more to win with six wickets remaining, but Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Shakib Al Hasan threatened to end the match by taking three quick wickets in the first 30 minutes. Mehidy Hasan will be the most disappointed. Off-spinner gave all he had. He picked up where he left off in the evening, taking two more wickets to finish with a five (19-4-63-5), giving the hosts a genuine opportunity to win.

Rishabh Pant then entered at No. 7, signalling the arrival of the moment that everyone had been waiting for. The off-spinner was a challenge for the brash southpaw, who was magnificent in the first innings on his way to 93. The emerging Bangladeshi star got his man on the last ball of the 28th over, the fifth of the morning, much to the joy of the home team.

The way the offie set him up was brilliant. Pant attempted to leave the crease to stifle the spin, but Mehidy was successful in getting the occasional ball to turn to cast doubt on the batsman before sneaking in a faster ball.

The knockout blow was thrown with a flat delivery that came in with the arm as Pant was pressed to the crease. A beautiful catch was made in front of the wicket by the batsman playing for the turn. Mehidy’s typical dash during the impromptu celebrations demonstrated how much Pant’s defeat mattered to the bowling side.