India eased to victory over Bangladesh in the first Test of their series in Indore, dominating their opponents from the off to record the triumph by an innings and 130 runs.Virat Kohli’s men will look to wrap up the series to maintain their perfect record in the ICC Test Championship, winning all six of their matches to date since the beginning of the competition.
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The second Test will be a day/night affair – the first time India have played in the conditions and the pink ball.
Teams have adapted new strategies to face off against the pink ball and it remains to be seen how India and Bangladesh will conduct their approach in Kolkata when the match begins on Friday.
We’ll now look at some of the leading betting markets for the event.
Rohit Sharma was in outstanding form during India’s series win over South Africa in October. The opener notched two massive centuries, including a double-hundred in the third Test in Ranchi. However, he was dismissed for only eight in Indore – a rare failure for the 32-year-old amid his recent levels of imperious play at the crease.
Sharma’s style of play will be important to combat the pink ball. It’s important to get off to a rapid start to knock it out of shape, and there are few players in world cricket that can provide that impetus at the top of the order better than Sharma. He has solid value at Betway at 7/2 to lead the run column for the home side.
Bangladesh’s batsmen were exposed by the talent of India’s bowlers. They were skittled out with ease in their two innings. Only Mushfiqur Rahim was able to pass fifty in the contest for the Tigers. The rest of the line-up has to fire for Bangladesh to avoid another heavy defeat and captain Mominul Haque has to lead the way.
He scored 37 in the first innings in Indore before being dismissed for only seven in the second. Haque has a good average in Test cricket at 40.87, with eight centuries and 13 half-centuries to his name. His record against India has not been the best, but it’s time for that to improve. Odds of 7/2 for him to top score in Kolkata are available from Dafabet.
Bangladesh Top Batsman 1st Innings – Mominul Haque 7/2 with Dafabet
Mohammed Shami has developed into one of the best pace bowlers in the bowlers in the world. He continued to enhance his reputation with another fine performance in the first Test, claiming seven of the 20 Bangladesh wickets to fall, including figures of 4-31 in the second innings.
Shami has been a model of consistency with the red ball, but he will face a challenge in adapting to the pink one. It has not always been easy for seam bowlers to attain movement from the new type of ball, although there will be hope that the floodlights affect conditions. Odds of 7/2 are appealing with Betway, ranking him behind spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
India Top Bowler 1st Innings – Mohammed Shami 7/2 with Betway
Bangladesh had a game to forget with the ball in Indore. Abu Jayed did make an impression by removing Sharma and Kohli on his way to notching decent figures of 4-108. However, that was as good as it got for the Tigers in the contest.
Mehidy Hasan was disappointing in the opener, taking just the one wicket of Mayank Agarwal. Bangladesh need him to be more of a factor in Kolkata, providing the form that has seen him take 90 Test wickets in 21 matches. His odds of 9/4 are the best around at Dafabet to lead the wicket column for his team.
Banladesh Top Bowler 1st Innings – Mehidy Hasan 9/4 with Dafabet
Given the dominance of India’s performance they are the overwhelming favourites to win the contest. They were outstanding with bat and ball in Indore and didn’t even need a contribution from Kohli to romp to a comfortable victory. The pink ball and new conditions could provide a slight obstacle given the journey into the unknown. However, the talent in their ranks will be too much for the visitors.