Mayank Agarwal double century: The Indian opening batsman continued to pile on the runs in Test cricket in Indore.
During the second day of the first Test of the ongoing Bangladesh’s tour of India at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, India opening batsman Mayank Agarwal scored his second Test double century in only his 12th innings in the format.
Agarwal, who resumed batting at 37* in the morning, stitched a game-changing 190-run partnership for the fourth wicket with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (86). With India losing batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (54) and captain Virat Kohli (0) in the first half today, it was vital for one batsman to play a colossal innings.
It was on the third delivery of the 60th over when Agarwal ran a couple of runs off Bangladesh seamer Ebadot Hossain to complete his third Test century. Not giving any sign of complacency, Agarwal continued to pile on the agony on the opposition.
A healthy blend of aggression and defense saw Agarwal cruising past the 150-run mark in the 77th over. Having hit a boundary off Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam, it was at this time that Kohli had signaled Agarwal to score a double century. While Agarwal was seen acknowledging the same, his strike rate dipped before tea.
However, Agarwal once again found his groove in the third session. It was on the penultimate delivery of the 99th over when Agarwal stepped down the track to Bangladesh spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz to hit a six and go past the 200-run mark.
Just as Agarwal signaled to Kohli regarding achieving the feat, Kohli was seen signaling back to him to score his maiden triple century at the highest level.
Mayank Agarwal double century:
How Twitter reacted:
So proud of you @mayankcricket 👏👏👏👏👏keep it up
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 15, 2019
There can’t be a more direct message from Virat Kohli.
Points three fingers to Mayank Agarwal, suggesting that the opener should now go for 300.
What a supportive captain. #INDvBAN
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) November 15, 2019
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 15, 2019
if agarwal does get the triple kohli wants then he alone could beat bangladesh by an innings! #INDvBAN
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) November 15, 2019
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