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Cricket news - Bangladesh rattled by pace in the opening session

Umesh Yadav picked three wickets in the first session.

The start of India's first day-night Test had its share of pomp and flourish. The Chief Minister of West Bengal accompanied the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, along with Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. Over 40,000 people turned up at Eden Gardens to witness the occasion. But while all this fanfare was quite unlike the build-up for a Test match in India in recent times, little changed on the field. There, Bangladesh fell prey to India's pace menace yet again, slipping to 73 for 6 by Lunch after opting to bat.

The pink ball, subject of much discussion ahead of the game, came into its own during the session. The ball proved to be skiddier and more 'swingy' than its red counterpart. The swing, coming in late in the ball's path, tested India's wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha seemingly more than it posed questions to the batsmen. But there was enough of it to keep both the bowlers and batsmen in a mode of understanding. India's pacers rarely went upwards of 140kph, trying hard to control the movement on offer, and the batsmen were left studying what's happening.

But through this period of consideration, India produced moments of brilliance. Ishant Sharma started it off with a classic 'one-two' to trap Imrul Kayes LBW. Umesh Yadav started his second spell with two wickets in his first three balls which included a brilliant one-handed catch by Rohit Sharma at second slip to send back skipper Mominul Haque. Mohammed Mithun and Mushfiqur Rahim were seemingly hurried on by the skiddy nature of the ball, and were bowled chopping on, leaving Bangladesh in tatters at 26/4. Saha then pouched two more catches, the second of which was a stunning diving to his right, as Bangladesh slipped from bad to worse.

The session ended on a wary note after Liton Das retired hurt showing delayed signs of discomfort after being hit on the helmet by Shami, bringing an early end to an action-packed session.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 73/6 (Shadman Islam 29; Umesh Yadav 3-29) vs India

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