Can Bangladesh stop the Indian Test Juggernaut?
India will win the match!
India has become the toughest place for the visiting teams to win matches in the test format. India has won 11 consecutive home series starting from the year 2013. Indian team is the No.1 placed test team in ICC ratings for quite some time and they have been playing an impressive brand of cricket irrespective of the pitches and conditions. They demolished South Africa recently by 3-0 margin in sporting tracks. Bangladesh is yet to make a big impact in the test format but they have a steady rise in their cricketing prowess over the last 2-3 years. They will look to make history by achieving their maiden victory over India in the Test format. The Indian team will look to continue their dominance at home and keep their unbeaten record intact.
Virat Kohli returns to the squad for the tests and leads the India team. Virat Kohli will look to further establish himself as one of the best Indian skippers and player in the Test format. India has an excellent batting line-up with the likes of openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal, Ever-consistent Cheteshwar Pujara, No.2 Test batsmen Virat Kohli followed by Classy Ajinkya Rahane.
The Indian batting line-up is one to envy for any team in Asian conditions especially. Wriddhiman Saha will take over the wicket-keeping duties. Pacers Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav form a terrific trio who are capable of troubling the batsmen even in the flat sub-continental pitches. Ravi Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja will slot in as the spin twins and have taken a huge load of wickets in the Indian conditions.
Mayank Agarwal – Agarwal showed excellent form with the bat against the South African team last series. He is a free-flowing batsman who can score runs at a quick pace once he is set.
Umesh Yadav – Umesh Yadav trouble the batsmen with his ability to bowl at 140+ kmph and skid the ball effectively. He is a dangerous bowler if he can maintain a stump-to-stump line consistently.
Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravi JAdeja, Ravi Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohmammed Shami, Ishant Sharma/ Kuldeep Yadav/ Hanuma Vihari
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, WP Saha, Virat Kohli, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
Mominul Haque is appointed as the Bangladeshi skipper and this will be his first series as a captain. He is one of the most consistent batsmen for Bangladesh over the last few years. Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Imrul Kayes are the experienced players in the batting line-up. Wicket-keeper Liton Das, Shadman Islam, and Mosadek Hoissain are expected to slot in the remaining batting positions in the playing XI. Mehdi Hasan and Taijul Islam will form the spin duo of the team and will have a huge role to play in this series. Mustafizur Rahman and Al-Amin Hossain will the pacers to share the new ball and they have a big task of unsetting the experienced Indian batting order.
Mominul Haque – Mominul Haque is the only Bangladeshi batsmen to average over 40 and score more than 2500 runs in the test format. He will have an additional responsibility of captaining the team in this series.
Mehdi Hasan – Mehdi Hasan will be their No.1 spinner and he needs to pick wickets consistently in the Indian conditions. He needs to form an effective partnership with Taijul Islam with the ball in hand.
Mominul Haque (C), Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes, Liton Das (wk), Shadman Islam, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehdi HAsan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain
Taijul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Ebadat Hossain, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Abu Jayed, Shadman Islam, Mehidy Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim
The weather looks bright and sunny on all days of the match and we don’t expect any interruptions whatsoever.
Indore is one of the typical Indian pitches where we can expect the bat to turn more and offer a lot of assistance to spinners as the match progresses. Indian spinners took 17 out of 18 Kiwi wickets in the last test they played here. We can expect an average first Innings score of over 350 in this pitch.
The first 3 days of the match will the best conditions to bat in this pitch and both teams will look to utilize it. Batting fourth will be a hard task on a wearing pitch.
Indian team is one of the most dominant teams in home conditions in the cricketing history and they have a good mix of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders in the team. Bangladesh's team lacks experience and incisiveness among its players to trouble this well-oiled Indian unit. We expect India to win this match and continue their dominance in the Tests.
India will win the match!