India swept aside Bangladesh by an innings-and-46-runs in Kolkata to extend their already comically huge lead in the World Test Championship, but the most newsworthy notes came via the statistics.
The victory was India’s fourth-straight win by more than an innings – a record in Test cricket – and took just two days and 47 minutes to complete.
The record for the shortest Test match completed in India with a positive result was broken, with the 968 balls (161.2 overs) required to see off Bangladesh a full 60 balls fewer than Virat Kohli’s rampant side needed to dispatch Afghanistan (1028, 171.2 overs) last year.
The win extended India’s streak in the Test arena to seven victories – a national record (obviously) – but the most curious note came from the manner in which the victory was achieved.
Not a single Bangladeshi wicket from the 20 so hastily removed came via the arm of an Indian spinner.
Ishant Sharma (nine), Umesh Yadav (eight) and Mohammed Shami (two), along with Mahmudullah’s second innings retired hurt accounted for all 20 dismissals – the first time ever an Indian spinner hasn’t taken a wicket in a Test match win on home soil.
That method to victory was also just the second time India have emerged victorious in that fashion regardless of location, with their 63-run victory over South Africa on a seamer-happy Johannesburg pitch in 2018 the only other occasion.
All this without India’s premier seam bowler Jasprit Bumrah too. Bloody hell.
Both sides also wore the Black Lives Matter logo on their collars.
Persistent rain meant only 17 overs were completed before an early tea break.
Both teams took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before play got under way.
Two minutes’ silence were also observed.
England and West Indies players took the knee ahead of the First Test in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
England displayed names of key workers, including nurse practitioner Tom Field, on their training shirts to honour their work in the Covid-19 crisis.
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