India v Bangladesh 2nd Test Tips, Predictions and Preview - India to be too good again

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India started the series as expected with an easy victory in Indore that gave them a 1-0 lead over Bangladesh and the action now moves to uncharted territory – a day-night Test. 

In what will be the first-ever day-night Test played in this country, India will take on Bangladesh at the iconic Eden Gardens from Friday, 22 November.

The first three days have been sold out, which means we are in for some raucous crowd. People in these parts love their game and India will look to start their day-night saga with a bang. Bangladesh were below par in all departments in the first Test, but still have a chance to draw level in the series.

India


Mayank Agarwal (243) and Mohammed Shami (seven wickets) stole the show in Indore, as India romped home with an innings to spare. Along with Shami, Umesh Yadav (four) and Ishant Sharma (three) sparkled, while Ravichandran Ashwin (five) was once again among the wickets.

What’s interesting is that most of the Indians do not have the ‘pink ball’ experience. Cheteshwar Pujara is one of the handful to have played day-night first-class matches. However, the Indian pace bowlers should be expecting a bountiful in helpful conditions.

Bangladesh


Mushfiqur Rahim (107 runs) scored the only fifty by a Bangladesh batsman in Indore, as everyone else flopped around him. Even with the ball, they could take only six wickets, four of which were picked by Abu Jayed. He remains the only positive note for Bangladesh.

It will be a test of character for the Bangla batsmen, as they will be tested once again by the Indian pacers. Their bowlers showed that they can put their wares to good use, and if the visiting batsmen can put up good scores Kolkata might witness an exciting Test.

Match Up


India once again highlighted their superiority and the vast gulf in skills compared to Bangladesh with a huge win. ‘Pink ball’ will be a test for their batsmen, especially since they are in uncharted territory. However, their bowlers must feel confident of taking 20 wickets once again. Considering the history of day-night Tests favouring the pacers, India start this game once again as a favourite.

History & Statistics


  • India have lost once at home since the start of 2013 in 33 Tests, winning 27 and drawing five.
  • India have won their last seven Tests at home.
  • Four of India’s eight wins over Bangladesh have come by an innings margin.
  • Bangladesh have lost eight of their last 11 Tests.
  • Bangladesh have lost their last seven away Tests.
  • Five of Bangladesh’s last six away losses have been by an innings margin.

Key Players


Virat Kohli’s last six innings read 0, 20, 31*, 254*, 12 and 0 (last). If you take out the double century, that is not the sort of consistency that we are used to from the Indian captain.

Abu Jayed has been the lone saving grace for Bangladesh in the first Test. He troubled all the Indian batsmen and should have finished with a five-for. Can he do that in Kolkata?

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