- Indian team has won the last three Test Matches at home by an innings margin and haven’t suffered a defeat at home since February 2017
- Mohammed Shami has been in phenomenal form with the ball and shall pose a threat under lights for the Bangladeshi batsmen
- Bangladesh Top 3 together only managed 70 runs across two innings in the last game and look completely out of form
The touring Bangladeshi side suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the confident Indian side in the first Test Match of the two-match series at Indore. Below par batting show from the visitors saw them going down by an innings and 130 runs in the game. The visitors got everything wrong in the last game where their decision to bat first on a green top surprised everyone. Indians who are #1 ranked side in the world lived up to their reputation and never allowed the Bangladeshis to get back into the game after dismissing them by the second session on Day 1.
The two sides now move to the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata where they would play the first Pink Ball Test Match in India. It will be a first for both sides to be playing a Test Match under lights where there may be many surprises in store. The Indian side has a strong bowling line-up with their pace trio in great shape, and this would make them confident going into this game. Their batting has also done well in recent games at home. As for the visitors, they will have to play extraordinary cricket to defeat the hosts and a win for them would be one of cricket’s biggest headlines in recent years.
Virat Kohli’s team is the midst of Indian cricket’s golden era in Test cricket and today they arguably have the most balanced Test side in the world. Mayank Agarwal has been a revelation and Rohit Sharma has finally silenced his critics with recent performances. Cheteshwar Pujara who hasn’t scored a big hundred in recent games will be hunting for one and his solid technique will make him the prized scalp for Bangladesh in these conditions. Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha make it a strong line-up with Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari at the bottom.
Vihari may replace Jadeja on a track where there will be little for the spinners. Mohammad Shami is in great for with the ball and so is Umesh Yadav. It will be a challenge for the Bangladeshi side to face them on such a wicket with Ishant Sharma completing a good fast bowling unit for the side.
Mominul Haque has a big task on hand given how his side played the last game. They struggled to hold their wickets against the Indian pacers and this will be even more difficult under lights when the ball will swing and seam. Batting is the problem area for the side and they are missing the services of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan. The Top 3 - Shadman Islam, Imrul Kayes and the skipper himself need to deliver in the game. Mushfiqur Rahim will have to play the sheet anchor’s role in this otherwise out of form batting order. Mohammad Mithun and Liton Das can’t afford to throw their wickets after getting set.
The side also needs to improve its catching which hurt them dearly in the last game. Abu Jayed bowled with lot of heart in the last game but there was hardly any support from the others. Ebadat Hossain looks a misfit in this attack and will likely make way for Mustafizur Rahman. Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hassan need to bowl in the right areas and can’t wait for things to happen as they did in the last game.
It is a pink ball Test match and the track at Eden Garden which will have some grass on it is expected to offer bounce and lateral moment with the new ball. Batting would be tough on the fresh surface and the side that wins the toss is likely to opt to bowl on this surface.
PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
This will be the first day night Test Match at the Eden Gardens and the wicket like always will have a tinge of grass which is likely to assist the fast bowlers on Day 1 and 2. Batting would be a challenge on these days and it would ease by Day 3. The spinners who have historically done well at this venue Day 3 onward aren’t likely to get the same assistance under lights with the early winter dew setting in which will make it difficult to grip the ball. With the ball skidding in, batsmen will also have to be cautious playing against fast bowlers under lights.
The weather is expected to be clear on all days of the game but this would also mean dew will play a major role in the game.
It will be a steep hill to climb for the Bangladeshi side in the next game considering the kind of defeat they suffered in the last game. Their bowlers other than Abu Jayed looked unthreatening even on a surface where there was assistance for the fast bowlers. Their batsmen failed to build partnerships and fielding was poor. Already playing without some of their stars, the side’s performance in the last game doesn’t inspire much confidence. India on the other hand is in rampaging form at home and has an attack that can pick those 20 wickets keeping to their basics.
Indians would start as favorites to win this game and we might have another Day 3 finish in the next game.