Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Second Test: India vs Bangladesh Preview

Second Test: India vs Bangladesh Preview

India vs Bangladesh Preview

Bangladesh have the distinction of being the opponents for the first day/night Test staged in India.

The Test will mark the introduction of the SG pink ball which will be used instead of the Kookaburra most often deployed in the day-night arena.

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Second Test | Friday 22 November - Tuesday 26 November 2019 | Eden Gardens, Kolkata | 09:30

To Win Match

India should have the upper hand as their players will be the only ones in the world right now to have played with the SG ball. It also helps that they crushed Bangladesh inside three days in the first Test.

The series opener was another demonstration of the ruthless efficiency of this India cricket machine. The quick bowlers ran through Bangladesh with ease leaving little for the spinners to do and the batting lineup is full to bursting with runs.

Complacency will be the biggest enemy of this India team not only in this match but in their bid to dominate and ultimately win the World Test Championship which they currently lead.

Having been dismissed for a rare duck after dropping a catch in the field skipper Virat Kohli should be in the mood to put in a big performance for the occasion.

India may have the tactical upper hand when it comes to dealing with the pink SG though a first day/night Test at home will be an examination of their adaptability.

Bangladesh simply threw too many top-order wickets away on the first morning of the first Test and need to control the impulse to flash at anything up to the bat outside off.

The movement of the pink ball might act as an equalizer, but only if the entire team improves with the bat in hand. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque need to stand up as the senior batsmen. Both made starts in the first innings of the first Test before cheaply surrendering their wickets.

New coach Russell Domingo is desperate to find a seam-bowling allrounder of international quality but doesn't appear to have any at his disposal.

The absence of the quality of Shakib Al Hasan has been felt in both the batting and bowling departments.

Verdict: India
India should be too strong.

Written by James Richardson for Hollywoodbets. 

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