The Best of the Day preview drives through the covers with Test cricket tips for the series opener between India and Bangladesh.
15:00 (AEDT) @ Holkar Stadium, Indore
History: Played 9: India 7 V Bangladesh 0 (2 Draws)
Last meeting: February 9-13, 2017: India d Bangladesh by 208 runs at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down Bangladesh’s mammoth assignment in the first Test against India.
India won the T20I series last week 2-1 after Bangladesh scored a seven-wicket upset in the opener.
Ranked first in the world, India crushed South Africa 3-0 in a home Test series last month. They won by margins of 203 runs, an innings and 137 runs, and an innings and 202 runs.
1️⃣1️⃣ series wins in a row
1️⃣ Test loss in the last 3️⃣2️⃣
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 23, 2019
Virat Kohli scored a blistering 254 not out in the second Test, but Rohit Sharma was the real standout of the series. The opener – long pegged as a limited-overs specialist – blasted three centuries in four innings.
Ravi Ashwin (15 wickets at 25.26) and Mohammed Shami (13 at 14.76) were similarly devastating with the ball.
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) November 11, 2019
It’s been a year light on Test action for Bangladesh – and they’ve struggled in the format. They lost both Tests in New Zealand by in innings in February-March, while they suffered a demoralising 254-run loss to Afghanistan in September.
Compounding their issues, senior stars Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan are unavailable for Bangladesh.
— 247CricketNews (@247CricketNews) November 11, 2019
Bangladesh chasing history
Bangladesh are still searching for a historic first Test win over India. The best they have managed in nine previous encounters is two draws.
Despite the nations’ proximity, they have met in just one Test in the past four years. India carved out a 208-run win in Hyderabad in February 2017, with Virat Kohli’s first-innings 204 the star attraction. Mushfiqur Rahim posted 127 in a valiant Bangladesh effort.
— MoneyGram Cricket (@MGCricket) February 10, 2017
Unsurprisingly, India are unbackable $1.10 favourites to take out the first Test. Virat Kohli is the warm Top Batsman favourite, but Rohit Sharma’s sparkling form is worthy of careful Best of the Day consideration.