A Day-night Dream Debut!
India will win the match!
India and Bangladesh both gear up to play up their maiden pink ball test and this match will be big landmarks in their respective history. The first Test ended inside three days with Indian team bowling out Bangladesh Twice to achieve their innings victory.
The Indian team has dominated every opponent in their home conditions over the last 2-3 years and has defeated all the visiting teams. India will look to play to their strength and win this landmark test match too.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, has a lot of issues to sort in the team combination. Bangladesh needs to bat and bowl out of their skins to compete against this Indian team in sub-continental conditions. We hope Bangladesh can give a better fight than the previous match and try to level the series 1-1 which will be their biggest achievement to date.
Indian team is moving from strength to strength with every passing match and they already have taken a massive lead in the ICC test championship points table. All their top 5 batsmen feature inside top-11 ICC test rankings. Mayank Agarwal made a massive double century in the first test to bat Bangladesh out of the match. Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ravindra Jadeja scored the fifties to build a partnership with him and took the Indian team total to 493 runs.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli failed with the bat in the first test. The Indian team has arguably the BEST BOWLING ATTACK IN WORLD at the moment. The pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Mohammed Shami are not giving any breathing space to the opposition batsmen. They are utilizing every little support from the pitch and are piling up the wickets column.
Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are made to play second fiddle in home conditions too with pacers taking the limelight. Ashwin took 4 wickets in the first test while Jadeja bowled very few overs as the Bangladesh team was bowled out very soon.
The Indian team has a perfect playing XI with a bowling attack capable of taking 20 wickets in any conditions.
Rohit Sharma - Rohit has amazing record at the Eden Gardens ground in all formats. He also was awarded Man of the series in the SA test series with 2 centuries and a double century.
Mohammed Shami - Shami has evolved to be a deadly bowler with the ability to seam the ball both ways with minimal effort. He might enjoy bowling with the pink ball which is known to do a lot under lights. Shami has taken 21 wickets in the last three tests played at Eden Gardens.
Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravi JAdeja, Ravi Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohmammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, WP Saha, Virat Kohli, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
Bangladesh team has a lot of question marks hanging over them even without considering the day-night equation. Moshfiqur Rahim was the only batsmen to score a 50+ score in the first match. Liton Das, Skipper Mominul Haque, and Mehdi Hasan played a breezy 30+ knock but was not able to convert them into big scores.
Openers Shadman Islam and Imrul Kayes failed to survive the new ball burst from Indian bowlers in both the innings. Abu Jayed was the lone bright spot in the bowling attack taking 4 wickets in the match. He removed Rohit early and Pujara and Kohli in quick succession to bring some hopes to the Bangladesh team. Ebadat Hossain and Mehdi Hasan took a wicket each but their bowling attack never threatened the Indian batsmen and they kept scoring runs at a good rate of 4+ RPO.
Mustafizur Rahman or Al-Amin may play this match as the pink ball is known to favor the seamers more than the spinners.
Mushfiqur Rahim - Rahim has scores of 43 & 64 in the last test match and top-scored for Bangladesh in both the innings. He must move up the batting order to the No.4 position at least provide stability to their line-up. Rahim also has a good average against the Indian team compared to his overall stats.
Abu Jayed - Abu Jayed`s action is compared to Jimmy Anderson and he will have to bring his inner Anderson to trouble the Indian batsmen with the swing on offer. He claimed the wickets of Rohit, Pujara, Kohli, and Rahane in the first match and that performance will be a big boost for him.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque (c), Mohammad Mithun/Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, Liton Das (wk), Shadman Islam, Mehidy Hasan, Ebadat Hossain
Al-Amin Hossain, Ebadat Hossain, Mahmudullah, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Abu Jayed, Shadman Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Hasan
Kolkata is expected to have a bright and sunny weather throughout the entire duration of the match and we expect no weather interruptions whatsoever.
Eden Gardens pitch is generally favoured by the seamers and the pink ball further tilts the match in pace bowlers side. We expect scores in range of 200-350 in this match and any score above 400 will be a hard task.
Teams will have a dilemma in batting first here as the pitch is expected to favor swing early on and Days 2 & 3 will be the best days to bat on. We expect both teams to bat second in this match if they win the toss.
Hundreds, Double Hundreds, Wickets, wickets, all-outs, victories, and innings victories. This has been the case of Test matches in India for the home team. Bangladesh will have their task even harder with a pink ball known to aid the seam bowlers.
We expect the Indian team to win this match and continue their dominance in the test arena and ICC test Championship points table.
India will win the match!