In response, Bangladesh were 7 to no loss in their second leg at the stumps on Friday, with Najmul Hossain Shanto (5) and Zakir Hasan (2) undefeated at the crease.
Pant (93 from 104 balls) and Shreyas Iyer (87 from 105 balls) shared 159 runs for the fifth wicket before Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan (4/79) and Taijul Islam (4/74) produced spells impressive to defeat India for 314 runs.
India lost six wickets after tea – for the addition of 90 runs – of which Shakib took four.
India added 295 runs on the day in 78.3 overs after recovering to 19 without a loss. India had eliminated Bangladesh for 227 points in their first round on Thursday.
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Pant, who came out in the 90s for the sixth time in his Test career, brought his ‘A’ game to the fore again with a counter-attacking shot that was the cornerstone of the 314 score of the India’s first inning on the second day of the second test.
Between lunch and tea, the match that seemed in balance was single-handedly changed by Pant, whose 104-ball innings had seven fours and five whopping sixes – a few of which were one-handed shots.
Shreyas Iyer, who has been consistent since his Test debut last year, also hit with great intent but missed his second hundred of the series, going out for 87 of 105 balls.
“I like a challenge and I thrive on it. The pressure lifts me up, it’s the situation I wanted to be in. Pant kept me calm and composed. That was crucial,” Iyer said after the match. the day. Asked about his conversation with Pant, Iyer said, “It wasn’t an intense conversation. I didn’t want to disturb his concentration. We tried to communicate with actions, he stayed calm and targeted good bowlers.”
Rolling into the fifth wicket stand of 159 runs between Pant and Iyer, India, who were teetering at 94 for four, will be keen on their chances of finishing day four and cementing their position in the Test World Championship table .
The morning session belonged to Bangladesh left arm spinner Taijul Islam (4/74), who shook up the top order by sacking skipper KL Rahul (10), Shubman Gill (20) and Cheteshwar Pujara (24) but in late afternoon session, Pant had blown away the hosts.
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Earlier, after misreading the track on day one, Rahul paid the price for his ultra-defensive mindset on a pitch that offered quite a bit of turn on opening day itself.
Not once during his 45-ball stint did he look comfortable except for the seam-covered boundary at the start of the day.
Gill, on the other side, looked more assured even though Taijul kept his deliveries a good length and launched a nice trajectory.
The delivery that got Rahul, looked like an armer that came in with the angle and then straightened up enough to trap him in front of the wickets. The arbitrator had rejected the LBW plea but Bangladesh got the decision in their favor after reviewing the DRS.
In Gill’s case, it was more of a straightforward call where he was taken straight as he missed a straighter one as he attempted a sweeping shot.
Pujara looked assured until he was in the crease, but with the deliveries stopping and turning, there was always the danger of negotiating that ball that would send him back.
India currently leads the two-game series 1-0. They had won the first test by 188 runs at Chattogram.
The two-game series is part of the ICC World Testing Championship.
(With PTI entries)