Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja may have taken more wickets in India's 208-run win over Bangladesh in the one-off Test but it was Ishant Sharma who made the ball talk on a flat pitch in Hyderabad.
While a scorecard reflects the gist of a match, often it shrouds a few inspired contributions which lay the foundation of a victory.
India's massive 208-run win over Bangladesh in the one-off Test in Hyderabad was one such occasion where a glance at the scorecard would show spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as the orchestrators of the victory. And rightly so, as Ashwin and Jadeja picked up four wickets apiece to help India stretch their unbeaten run to 19 Test matches.
However, what the scorecard would probably fail to show was an inspired spell of fast bowling which triggered Bangladesh's collapse on the final day chasing 459 run in their second innings.
Resuming at 103/3, Bangladesh got off to a poor start when Shakib Al Hasan was caught at short leg off Jadeja for 22 in the third over of the morning. First-innings centurion Mushfiqur Rahim offered some resistance before departing for 23 to Ashwin.
However, thereafter, Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman sparked a bit of a revival and frustrated the world No.1 Test side. Mahmudullah showed intent during his knock of 64 and kept Bangladesh's hopes of a draw alive by sharing a 51-run stand with Sabbir for the sixth wicket.
But those hopes were dashed after lunch when both Mahmudullah and Sabbir were removed by pacer Ishant Sharma during an inspired spell of fast bowling.