Two teams with Two different motives – One trying to start a new lease of life under their new Test skipper while the others are looking to avenge their ouster from the 2015 ICC World Cup. A lot is at stake when Bangladesh hosts India in the one-off Test match that begins tomorrow. All eyes will be on Virat Kohli under whom India are hoping for a fresh start after winning just 1 in the last 13 Tests. On the other hand, fired up Bangladesh are hungry to do well and take revenge against India, who knocked them out in the Quarter-Finals of the 2015 World Cup.
Here is a preview of the one-off Test Bangladesh v India.
Venue and time: Fatullah Osmani Cricket Stadium. Match begins at 10:00 local time and 09:30 IST.
Pitch Report: The 22 yard strip at the Osmani Cricket Stadium is expected be a slow wicket and will get slower as the match progresses. So the captain winning the toss will look to bat first, put a huge total on the board and take the 20 wickets.
Weather Report: The meteorological department has forecasted rain on course of the match. It is currently raining in Fatullah and the weather is expected to be cloudy tomorrow. They also forecasted thunder storms on the second, third and fourth day.
After putting up a brave fight against Pakistan, Bangladesh are raring to go against yet another Asian rivals. They will be hoping for their top order to do the job for them. Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes have been a force to reckon with in Tests and at number 3, Mominul Haque has been a revelation with an average of 60 in 14 Tests. Their strong middle order comprises of experienced duo Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim along with in-form youngster Soumya Sarkar. Debutant wicketkeeper Litton Das completes the top 7 as he was roped in because of the unavailability of Rahim behind the stumps and the absence of batsman Mahmudullah. On the bowling front, Bangladesh will go in with two pacers in Rubel Hossain and Abul Hasan accompanied by spinners Taijul Islam and Suvagata Hom. Shakib Al Hasan will be their fifth bowler.
Indian team will look for a bright start under their new skipper Virat Kohli and the interim coach Ravi Shastri. India will miss the services of their opening batsman KL Rahul, who is out of the Test with dengue and will be replaced by Shikhar Dhawan. Cheteshwar Pujara is all set to regain his number 3 spot from Rohit Sharma as the Mumbaikar will be made to bat at number 6 below Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. Wriddhiman Saha will bat at seven followed by off-spinners R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, who can score few runs with the bat. India will go in with 4 frontline bowlers. Apart from the two offies, pacers Varun Aaron and Ishant Sharma will complete the XI. Aaron might be chosen ahead of Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar because of the faith skipper Kohli has in him. This match also marks the comeback of veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh after 2 years.
On the whole, this match will be a battle of Indian offies taking on the Bangladeshi left-handed batsmen (six out of the top seven) and the slow left arm spinners of Bangladesh against the right handed Indian batsmen (10 out of 11).
Prob Playing XI:
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sowmya Sarkar, Litton Das, Taijul Islam, Abul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom and Rubel Hossain.
India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Ishant Sharma.