India won the second Test match at Mirpur by three runs after edging Bangladesh in a nail-biting thriller in Dhaka. India needed to score 145 runs to win, but they were in serious difficulty when they were 45/5 at the end of the day. Bangladesh’s prospects of winning increased early on Day 4 when Mehidy Hasan completed a five-wicket haul and left the opponents in trouble at 74/7. With just three wickets left, Bangladesh needed another 71 runs to win, which meant the odds were set firmly against them.

But just when it seemed like Bangladesh might defeat India in their first Test match, Shreyas Iyer and R Ashwin fought back and produced significant innings on their way to putting together an unbroken fifty-plus partnership to lead India to victory. Iyer finished the game undefeated at 29, while Ashwin was still alive at 42 to enable India to win the series 2-0. When the winning runs were scored, the Indian team’s cheers returned, and coach Rahul Dravid emerged to embrace the star combo. While Dravid seemed happy after the triumph, the Indian locker room sometimes wore a worried expression.

Former BCCI selector Saba Karim responded to Dravid’s imagery by describing it as a feeling of relief and pointing out that India’s head coach must be wondering why the squad got into difficulties in the first place. Not everyone was completely in agreement with the choice to send Axar Patel ahead of Rishabh Pant and Jaydev Unadkat as the nightwatchman, while Karim pointed out that India’s batsman laboring on a Day 4 pitch against an assault like Bangladesh should raise some red flags.

“The victory in the locker room more closely resembled a feeling of relief. Everyone seemed to have frightened as the run pursuit progressed. the batting order changes that were made. The other players present, including David, couldn’t imagine that this would be our situation… versus Bangladesh since the pursuit wasn’t very difficult. A 145-run objective was not much, especially considering that it was the fourth day of chasing and not even Day 5 “On the Sony Sports Network, he stated.

If this chase had failed, Team India’s year would have finished on a depressing note after losing the ODI series 1-2, but thankfully for them, Iyer and Ashwin showed the fighting spirit to prevail. Even though this win wasn’t exactly ideal for India, Karim noted how Iyer and Ashwin’s ability to bat in the fourth innings of a Test match is something India would have taken plenty of positives from. Iyer easily appeared the most comfortable batter against spin, whereas Ashwin unleashed the big strokes.