Possible scenarios in India’s first Test match against Bangladesh
Sportsbet.io examines the table-turning schemes in the upcoming Test between India and Bangladesh at Indore.
India, the outright leader in the ICC World Test Championship, gear up for their final Test series of 2019, where they will aim to register their fifth straight series win on the trot. Bangladesh, who last won an away Test series back in 2009, will take on the Men in Blue under new leadership to fancy a shot at causing some waves of restlessness for the hosts.
BAT FIRST OR SECOND
India has opted to bat first in each Test played at home this year, and are enjoying an unbeaten status going into the upcoming Test at Indore. The Men in Blue have played just one Test match at this venue, recording a thumping 321-run victory over New Zealand. Given the momentum at hand, Virat Kohli is poised to call for India batting first upon winning the toss.
Winning record when batting first or second
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were the pivot points of India's run-fest at the Indore Test against New Zealand in 2016, and, the latest assignment at the Holkar Cricket Stadium calls for the experienced duo to anchor a formidable performance from the Indian batting setup against Bangladesh. The Tigers, meanwhile, have shown glimpses of their potential in the longest format of the game and will have the daunting task to make a strong statement at Indore.
Average Test score per innings at Indore
The influential Virat Kohli returns to the venue where he registered his maiden Test double century on home turf, a curtain-raiser to the five that followed suit. The 31-year-old has amassed 476 runs this year and is tipped to replicate his superhuman performance from the second Test against South Africa, earlier in October.
Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah is the top run-getter for the Tigers in 2019, and once again, will be tasked to fulfil the run-scoring duties in the absence of the suspended Shakib Al Hasan. The 33-year-old has three centuries in his last six games and will be the player to watch on Bangladesh’s batting roster, apart from seasoned figures, Imrul Kayes and Mushfiqur Rahim.
As the mercurial Jasprit Bumrah recuperates from a back injury, Mohammed Shami will spearhead India’s bowling attack against Bangladesh. The 29-year-old seamer has gone wicketless in just one inning off his last five games and is the odds-on favourite to finish with the best wickets haul in the first Test at Indore.
Taijul Islam was brought in as a direct spinner-for-spinner replacement for the suspended Shakib Al Hasan and aims to spell trouble for the Indian batsmen on a pitch which outrightly favours a gala of runs. The 27-year-old orthodox spinner has bagged 36 wickets in his last six Test matches, and this imperious form will be a welcome challenge to the hosts.
Words: William Paul