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Nov 20, 2019, 7:30:00 AM

Possible scenarios in India’s second Test against Bangladesh

Sportsbet.io ponders upon the key game-changing factors in India’s final Test match of 2019, against Bangladesh at the iconic Eden Gardens.

India, who lead the two-match series, will play their first-ever Day-Night Test on home soil and at one of their sacred venues in the sport. Virat Kohli and his side were merciless to Bangladesh in the first Test, winning by an innings and 130 runs and are well-placed to win their 12th successive Test series at home. Bangladesh, meanwhile, are still winless against India in Test cricket and need a miracle act to avoid a fourth white-wash against the top-ranked Test nation.

BAT FIRST OR SECOND

India has played 82 Tests at the iconic Eden Gardens, and have won the toss 21 times. On 18 occasions, the Men in Blue have opted to bat first and have gone on to win seven Tests. As for Bangladesh, they play their first-ever Test match in Kolkata and aim to spring a surprise performance at the venue.

Winning record when batting first or second

Team

India

Other teams

Bat first

7

4

Bat second

-

1


AVERAGE TEST SCORE PER INNINGS

Eden Gardens has always been kind to hard-hitting batsmen, especially for India who have registered five 600-plus totals at the ‘Mecca of Cricket’. The highest total recorded at this venue was 657 for seven (declared) against Australia in 2001, where VVS Laxman gave a batting masterclass with a patient 281 from 452 deliveries. With respect to a visiting team, England was the latest opposition to hit a match-winning total at Kolkata back in 2012 (523 all out).

Average Test score per innings at Eden Gardens

Team

India

Other teams

1st innings

320

315

2nd innings

226

209


TOP BATSMAN
While India aims to play out its first-ever Day-Night Test in style, Virat Kohli has another shot at rewriting the history books. The Indian captain is 32 runs away from becoming the first Indian skipper to register 5000 Test runs, and eyes a record-extending 27th Test ton in this decade. Kohli was bowled out for his second Test duck this year, and the 32-year-old hopes to bounce back emphatically against Bangladesh.
Mominul Haque is tipped to end his rough patch in 2019 and strike back with a formidable performance against India. Although his Test record away from home, and against India, is flawed, the 28-year-old must rediscover his resolve and register a first 50-plus score since 2017.
Top Batsmen

Player

Matches

Runs

Strike rate

High score

Virat Kohli

10

735

52.57

254*

Mominul Haque

10

503

58.15

181

TOP BOWLER

Mohammed Shami outperformed all the Indian bowlers in the first Test, scalping seven wickets for just 58 runs. The second Test sees Shami return to Eden Gardens, his favourite Test venue in the country, and the 29-year-old aims to cap a fairytale performance at the Mecca of Cricket. Shami has scalped 21 wickets from three Tests at this venue and is the odds-on favourite to finish as the leading wicket-taker at the end of the Test series.

Abu Jayed is climbing up the performance ladder for Bangladesh, raising eyebrows with his maiden four-wicket haul in the first Test. The 26-year-old is the leading Test wicket-taker for the visitors since 2018, with 14 wickets in five matches, and is tipped for a spectacular show in the final Test.

Top Bowlers

Player

Matches

Wickets

Economy

Best bowling

Mohammed Shami

10

45

2.84

7/58

Abu Jayed

6

15

3.50

4/59


Words: William Paul
Images: PA