Pink ball test set to dazzle Kolkata
It was yet another dominant performance from the Indians in a test match, furthermore their record in the longest format of the game continues to skyrocket. Their opposition is by no means world beaters, that didn’t stop India from playing to the best of their ability though as Mayank Agarwal and the bowlers made their presence felt against a cautious-Bangladesh. A 130-run victory to the hosts in the first test now sees the series move to Kolkata, the venue where history will be made in India as the first day-night test will be played in the country. Amongst all the success India had at Indore where they managed a total of 493/6 and bowled Bangladesh out twice, Virat Kohli was surprisingly the unlucky individual to miss out on a dominant display of cricket. The Indian skipper was dismissed for a second-ball duck, a rare blemish from the supremely-talented Kohli as the likes of Agarwal, Rahane, Pujara and Jadeja all flourished with the willow. Mohammed Shami was once again superb with the ball, claiming 7/58 for the match while Ravi Ashwin also chipped in with 5 wickets. Who the pink ball is set to favor is frankly anyone’s guess, perhaps Rohit Sharma’s limited-overs prowess could play a part or maybe even Mohammed Shami’s ability to move the ball both ways as the dew sets in. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the only Indian bowler not to take a wicket at Indore, but there’s a strong possibility that India could go into this second test unchanged.
On top of a poor performance in the first test where plenty of mistakes were made, Bangladesh didn’t look overly confident in a practice session against the pink balls either. Tentative and cautious are the words that come to mind and with the Kolkata pitch expected to be greener than usual in order to reduce the damage of the ball, the visitors could find themselves batting for survival against a formidable Indian pace attack. Bangladesh’s decision to bat first at Indore after winning the toss was admirably a mistake, they didn’t have the gas in the tank to take on India’s bowlers as they scrambled their way to 150 in the first innings. Their openers only scored 12 runs each for the entire test, and Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das were left to try and make up for the constant loss of wickets as India controlled most of the test after Bangladesh’s first innings failure. With the day-night factor coming into play at Kolkata, Bangladesh will most-likely turn to both Mustafizur Rahman and Al-Amin Hossain. Mustafizur was surprisingly left out of the side at Indore where Ebadat Hossain and Taijul Islam were both picked ahead of the young gun, only to toil away for little-reward. After numerous failures at the top of the order at Indore, 20-year-old Saif Hassan could be an unlikely-inclusion….it’s perhaps a bit of a long shot though. In all honesty, Bangladesh were always going to struggle in this series. One thing they can enjoy is being a part of history, the first team alongside India to play in a day-night test in the country.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – 2nd test, Kolkata
- Mohammed Shami
- Ajinkya Rahane
- Virat Kohli
- Ishant Sharma
- Mayank Agarwal
Wildcard pick – Umesh Yadav
- Liton Das
- Abu Jayed
- Mominul Haque
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Mustafizur Rahman
Wildcard pick – Mahmudullah
India (possible) – 1. Mayank Agarwal 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Cheteshwar Pujara 4. Virat Kohli (c) 5. Ajinkya Rahane 6. Ravindra Jadeja 7. Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 8. Ravi Ashwin 9. Umesh Yadav 10. Ishant Sharma 11. Mohammed Shami.
Bangladesh (possible) – 1. Shadman Islam 2. Imrul Kayes/Saif Hassan 3. Mominul Haque (c) 4. Mushfiqur Rahim 5. Mohammad Mithun 6. Mahmudullah 7. Liton Das (wk) 8. Mehidy Hasan 9. Abu Jayed 10. Mustafizur Rahman 11. Al-Amin Hossain.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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