India vs Bangladesh Second Test Preview: India set to extend their unbeaten streak at the World Test Championship.
|Occasion||Second Test, India vs Bangladesh|
|Location||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|Date & Time||Friday, November 22|
INDIA VS BANGLADESH SECOND TEST PREVIEW:
The first test match between India and Bangladesh didn’t have a happy ending for the visitors, Bangladesh. Team India’s terrific run with the bat, and some outstanding all-round effort in the bowling department proved too much for them as they were defeated by an innings and 130 runs.
Nevertheless, as the teams meet on 22nd November, 2019 for the second Test match at Kolkata, it would be a historic moment for them. This would be the first time, these two teams would be playing the Test match under lights using the pink ball.
Team India would be proud of the way things have gone in the World Test Championship (WTC) so far. Not only have they managed to maul the opposition, but they have also successfully managed innings victory in their last three Test matches.
Another victory against Bangladesh would take Team India to 360 points at the World Test Championship; a solid 300 points ahead of second-placed, New Zealand.
Bangladesh, however, began their WTC campaign on a horrible note having suffered an innings defeat in their first Test match. With the series at stake, Bangladesh would need their players to step up. Apart from Mushfiqur Rahim, hardly any player has looked threatening.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Conditions for the second Test would be quite different and challenging from the ones teams have been used to. Being their first time, the Pink ball would not only test the Batsmen with more swing and slightly less visibility, but it would also make life difficult for the bowlers with the lack of reverse swing later on.
Also, considering that the pink ball tends to spin less, it would be interesting to see how the Kolkata pitch assists the spinners as it would deteriorate as the game commences.
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Team India’s new Test opener, Rohit Sharma has been in scintillating form ever since he started opening in Test matches. He was named the player of the series against South Africa having finished the series as the leading runs-scorer with 529 runs from 4 innings at an average of 132.25.
Rohit, however, could only manage 6 runs in the first Test. Having started his Test career at Kolkata with a century, the nostalgia factor and the first Test match failure could make way for yet another big knock for Rohit Sharma.
Not often you would see Virat Kohli being dismissed for a duck in Test Cricket. The man has been an epitome of consistency in his entire career. Hence, seeing such failure is as rare as South Africa winning a World Cup.
Considering, the kind of competitiveness, the World number 2 brings in the game, you could expect Virat Kohli to come back strong in the second game with a big knock.
One of the finest pace bowlers himself, Dale Steyn rated Mohammed Shami as the best pace bowler in world cricket currently. It is quite a compliment for the star pacer considering his competition is the likes of Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, etc.
Kolkata, as we all know, offers pitch that tends to favor the pace bowlers more. Hence, the pink ball, that tends to swing more than the red ball would be an icing on the cake for the already fired-up Shami. Watch out for him as he takes the field in the second Test match.
Team India are most likely to field the same playing 11 with three pacers and two spinners. Bangladesh too are most likely to field the same playing 11. However, the only change you could see in Bangladesh’s 11 would be the batting-order. Bangladesh would want their best batsman, Mushfiqur Rahim to bat up the order at number 3 or number 4.
India vs Bangladesh second Test expected Playing 11:
India: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha(Wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.
Bangladesh: Shadman Islam, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Liton Das (Wk), Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, and Ebadat Hossain.
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