India will face Bangladesh in the historic Day-Night Test match at the Eden Gardens on the 22nd of November.
It is a first in the cricketing history of both the nations and the venue has been decked up to match the occasion.
India are leading the ICC Test Championship leaderboard and the ongoing series 1-0 after a comfortable win in the first Test at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
Virat Kohli’s men would like to sweep the series and keep their slate clean ahead of the white ball series against the West Indies.
Not a lot has changed for India since the beginning of the Test series. They are still sitting at the top of the Test championship table.
Their fast bowling is looking lethal and they have five of their players among the top eleven batsmen in the world as per the ICC rankings.
India got the better of Bangladesh in the first Test inside three days, and considering the kind of victory that was, Bangladesh will be deflated.
Winning test matches is good, but winning matches with a margin of an innings and more is another thing. India registered their tenth innings win under the leadership of Virat Kohli and will be looking for another one when they take on the Tigers in the upcoming fixture.
In the last match, India once against showcased its strength and depth with the bat as they cruised to a total of 493 despite being in a spot of bother with Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli back in the pavilion.
Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane, not only bailed them out of trouble, but also put India in the driving seat, before Ravindra Jadeja batted Bangladesh out of the contest with his quick-fire half-century.
Bangladesh are without a couple of their regular players and the inexperience clearly reflected on their performance.
Batting first on an excellent batting surface, Bangladesh lost important wickets and just when they were looking to rebuild, another set of wickets triggered a collapse from which they could never recover, and were eventually dismissed for 150 runs on the very first day.
They had a brilliant start with the ball with Abu Jayed picking up three crucial wickets, but that was all. They failed to put any pressure whatsoever on the Indian batsmen and conceded a lead that they were unable to eclipse even in the second innings.
While Bangladesh are certainly the weaker of the two sides, playing under lights with the pink ball could provide them with an opportunity to challenge India.
Having said that, this Bangladesh side would have to play out of their skins to challenge India, let alone win the historic test match.
Cheteshwar Pujara vs Mehidy Hasan
Cheteshwar Pujara is the sought-after wicket for opposition bowlers in the Indian Test batting lineup that boasts of a certain Virat Kohli, and that speaks for itself.
The Saurashtra batsman is a mark of consistency and tenacity, and has been immense for India in home conditions. He failed to convert his fifty to a century, and that must have disappointed Pujara greatly.
Pujara will be itching to make a telling mark in the series. He struggles against spin early on, and that is where Mehidy Hasan might be able to make a relevant contribution.
The off-spinner is a wily customer, and is capable of producing potent spin from conducive pitches, and the Kolkata pitch might offer prodigious help.
Mohammed Shami vs Mushfiqur Rahim
Mohammed Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers in the first Test as he had scalped seven wickets in the match.
With Jasprit Bumrah likely to miss out again, Shami holds the aces even before a ball is bowled.
Eden Gardens is his home ground and Shami will unsurprisingly be the leader of India’s pace troika yet again.
Mushfiqur Rahim is Bangladesh’s premier Test batsman and it is crucial that he finds form for them to have a good chance at beating a strong Indian side.
The wicketkeeper is a really smart player and is adept at grafting an innings with seemingly consummate ease.
It will be great to watch the duo lock horns against each other.
India: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav.
Bangladesh: Imrul Kayes, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Liton Das (WK), Nayeem Islam, Mehidy Hasan, Abu Jayed, Mustafizur Rahman and Al-Amin Hossain.
India have played six games in the ICC Test Championship so far and have managed to come up trumps in each of them.
The pink ball is going to provide more assistance to the fast bowlers. The seam of the pink ball lasts longer than the red ball and the pacers will enjoy themselves.
Furthermore, it is expected that a tinge of green grass will be left on the surface. This could entice captains to capitalise on the potential advantage that the initial hour could offer.
Team CricWizz predicts that India would manage to beat Bangladesh in the second Test match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.