Date & Time: Friday, November 22, 13:00 IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India.
India and Bangladesh brace for their first-ever Day-Night Test
The city of joy has turned pink to embrace the first-ever Day-Night test in India. India is the only side from the top 8 teams to have not played it but nevertheless, they are up to embrace it finally. It is interesting to see how long the pink ball retains its shine and how bowlers manage the effect of dew. Coming to the contest, Bangladesh has had no answer against the Indian pace attack in Indore, now the challenge is only going to intensify if the pink ball holds true to its nature. The only way visitors can put some pressure on the host is by exploiting the conditions on the offer to its limit. On the other hand, India looks too strong for Bangladesh but if they are vulnerable in any area, it is to the moving ball.
India is likely to stick to the same combination from Indore. Bangladesh might consider bringing in an extra pacer into their XI.
India possible XI
Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
Bangladesh possible XI
Imrul Kayes, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam/Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain/Al-Amin Hossain
The Eden Garden has transformed ever since Ganguly took the reins at the CAB. The surface has assisted pace and spin equally in recent times. Now with the Day-Night Test, it is going to offer more assistance for Pacers as some grass is likely to be left on the surface to protect the pink ball. It is possible that dew could show its effect in the final session of the day.
He has continued having an enormous interest while playing against India in the tour, which is known to bring the best out of him. There is every chance he will continue the same in the final match of the tour given the inexperience of the top order. His PPM of 169 against India makes him a must-have in the fantasy cricket team.
The Indian captain might have been dismissed for a duck in the first match but in the second expect him to play a big role. He has shown how crucial he can be in the swinging condition in England. Now with similar conditions likely on offer, there is every chance he might come up with a big knock if the top order doesn’t get to a good start.
He is the highest point scorer of the fantasy team in the first match. He has made sure to turn all stones in his short career. The Day-Night test will be another challenge where he is likely to come on top if he can be patient enough. He has an impressive PPM of 158 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 games.
He has been regarded as the best pacer at the moment by Dale Steyn a few days ago. He has been in great form of late and he seems to be the leader of the pace attack. He has made the ball take in unresponsive surfaces in the country. We can expect more from him on the surface which is likely to assist pacers. He has the highest PPM of 88 among Indian Pacers in the last 5 matches.
It has been all or nothing from the Hitman since opening the batting in the longer format. He has made at least a century or didn’t even cross the 20-run mark in the last 4 matches. His PPM of 144 and MDTA of 2.5 in the last 5 matches make him a big bet player to consider.