Left-arm seamer Aniket Choudhary picked four wickets as India A put Bangladesh on the mat on the first day of their two-day warm-up tie at the Gymkhana Ground here on Sunday.
Choudhary picked the important wickets of Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque and captain Mushfiqur Rahim after the visitors opted to bat to get valuable batting practice ahead of the one-off Test that begins on February 9.
In reply to Bangladesh’s 224/8 declared, India A were 91/1 with the leading Ranji Trophy scorer, Priyank Panchal batting on 40.
For Bangladesh, Mushfiqur (58) and Soumya Sarkar (52) spent time in the middle while Sabbir Rahman (33) did his bit to get them close to 200 after they were struggling at 113/5. Sabbir added 71 for the sixth wicket with Mushfiqur.
Shahbaz Nadeem, Kuldeep Yadav, Chama Milind and Vijay Shankar picked a wicket each while Hardik Pandya didn’t.
India began well, raising 41 for the first wicket before Abhinav Mukund, the Tamil Nadu opener who has been included in the national squad as a reserve opener, fell for 16. Panchal raised an unbeaten 50-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer to see the day through.
This is the first time Bangladesh will be playing a Test in India and they are keen to prove a point, and build on their good performances in recent times. They beat England in a home Test to level the series 1-1 and put up an impressive performance in New Zealand, running the hosts close before going down 2-0 in the two-match Test series.