Bangladesh vs India Test Match Preview

June 10, 2015 by Posted in Cricket Tips

Virat Kohli

Neighbours, but rarely play each other. This statement aptly sums up Bangladesh and India. Bangladesh seldom gets a shot at their power house neighbours at home. So, the one-off Test match starting Wednesday June 10 presents a chance for the hosts to pull one on their acclaimed neighbours.

Bangladesh surpassed everyone’s expectations by reaching the Quarter Final stage at the World Cup. ‘The Tigers’ are at that stage where any win against higher ranked teams is no longer an upset. But the Test arena is still an unsolved puzzle for the hosts.

Bangladesh comes into the series on the back of a 1-0 loss to Pakistan at home. There was a marked improvement in their batting in the drawn first Test, but their bowling looked flat throughout the series. Injury to captain Mushfiqur Rahim may prevent him donning the gloves, while key batsman Mahmudullah was ruled out of the series which puts more pressure on other senior batsmen.

India comes into the tournament after a successful World Cup where they were losing semi-finalists to Australia. Almost every player in the squad was engaged for the last month in the IPL Twenty 20 tournament. The challenge will be to adapt to the longer version; that too, without any practice matches.

This is the first series for Virat Kohli as a full-fledged captain, although the Australia series saw MS Dhoni retiring midway through the series. Kohli divides popular opinion with his attitude. It remains to be seen if captaincy brings calm to his ways or he continues with his aggressive instincts.

It will be a Test of adaption for both sides as a single Test will challenge all players. Even though India is playing their first Test in a long time, the odds of $1.67 offered for them to win at William Hill is a safe bet.

Murali Vijay has become the most reliable Test batsman for India in the past year or so. His judgment of off-stump and ability to leave balls is probably the best in the world at this moment. Odds of $5.00 at William Hill for him to be top scorer are too good to resist.

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