After a nerve-wracking T20I series in which India defeated Bangladesh, the two nations will now be locking horns in the first Test of the two-match series, scheduled to commence on 14th November in Indore. Although India rested a few players like Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami in the T20Is, they will be back to help the team to maintain a perfect record in the Test format this year.
On the other hand, Bangladesh, who managed to register their maiden win in the shortest format of the game against, will be regarded as the underdogs with their big guns, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan not available for this Test series. India is expected to make short work of its neighbors although Bangladesh is a worthy opponent in the subcontinent, regardless of the format.
Only one Test has been played at the Holkar Cricket Stadium with India winning the match comfortably against New Zealand. Generally, the pitch has been favorable for the spinners which could see either side play three spinners. The weather is perfect for Test match cricket with no rain on the cards at all. For what promises to be an exciting Test match, here are some of the predictions for the game:
India will be fielding the strongest team considering the nature of the pitch. Fielding three fast-bowlers might be the way to go for the Indians with Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha doing well with the bat against South Africa. Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal will be forming the opening combination with the duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli following them.
The spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be playing a crucial role as the game progresses although the spotlight will be on India’s famed bowling attack led by Ishant Sharma for this Test. Team India will heading into this game as the favorites and will bank on the captain, Virat Kohli to lead them to yet another win over their neighbors.
Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma, M ayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma/Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav.
Mominul Haque will be leading the Bangladesh team for the first time and will be eager to get the squad combination right. With Tamim Iqbal being unavailable, Shadman Islam will be opening the batting alongside Imrul Kayes.
The middle-order is key with Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad capable of scoring a plethora of runs against any opposition. Liton Das will keep wickets while the spin trio of Taijul, Mehedy and Nayeem Islam should also have a say in the outcome of the game. Two pacers are set to be preferred as well with Mustafizur Rahman and Al Amin Hossain getting the nod over Ebadat.
Predicted XI: Imrul Kayes, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque(C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Liton Das (WK), Nayeem Hasan, Mehedy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, and Al Amin Hossain.
Fantasy XI Prediction
Mushfiqur Rahim, Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Mehedy Hasan, Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja (vc), Mohammed Shami, Taijul Islam, and Umesh Yadav.