BAN vs IND Match Preview
The biggest challenge for Bangladesh to overcome is a lack of runs from its leading batters. They have not been able to score consistently or just get enough runs on the board in Test Match cricket.
Litton Das and Majmul Hossain Shanto are still finding the right rhythm with which to bat in the longest format of the game. Shakib Al Hasan is perhaps the only batter you can bank on.
We think three spinners (Taijul Islam, Nasum Ahmed, and Mehidy Hasan Miraz) will play this match alongside Taskin Ahmed and Khaled Ahmed. This gives it a strong bowling lineup with which it should be able to take advantage of a pitch that generally takes sharp spin.
India's batting lineup is very strong with KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rishab Pant, and Shreyas Iyer in the top-6. Almost all of these batters have scored runs in the previous match and are in good form. On a spinning pitch, we think Rishab Pant and Shreyas Iyer are the best batters for India. You can back them to get some runs in this match as well.
Also, Axar Patel and R Ashwin are genuine all-rounders in sub-continental conditions. Both of them are also going to lead the bowling effort alongside Kuldeep Yadav. The spin options at India's disposal are much better than what Bangladesh has and that is a huge advantage.
The weather forecast for Dhaka is quite good and there is no rain expected. If anything, bad light may be more of an issue and could take some time out of the game.
The pitch at the Shere Bangla Stadium is always spin friendly. The best time to bat will be on the first day after which the surface will continue to get worse.
Scores will get progressively lower with each inning and getting a big first-inning total and a lead will be crucial.
Axar Patel's Dream Start To His Test Career
Axar Patel has picked up 44 wickets in the 7 Test Matches he has played so far. That is an astonishing stat and puts him in the league of the best-ever spinners. He thrives when the pitch starts to offer a bit of help and could be crucial in the second Test against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh suffered injuries to Ebadot Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan in the first test match. While Ebadot Hossain has been ruled out, Shakib Al Hasan will play as a batter only. Bangladesh is expected to add Nasum Ahmed to the lineup alongside Taskin Ahmed to the lineup.
India should play an unchanged team for this match.
BAN vs IND Probable 11
BAN Playing 11
- Najmul Hossain Shanto
- Zakir Hasan
- Litton Das
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Nurul Hasan (C)
- Mehidy Hasan Miraz (Wk)
- Taijul Islam
- Nasum Ahmed
- Khaled Ahmed
- Taskin Ahmed
IND Playing 11
- KL Rahul (C)
- Shubman Gill
- Cheteshwar Pujara
- Virat Kohli
- Rishab Pant (Wk)
- Shreyas Iyer
- Axar Patel
- R Ashwin
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Umesh Yadav
- Mohammad Siraj
We expect this to be a match dominated by the spinners. The team that bats first will have a big advantage but whatever happens at the toss, India is the better team and should be able to walk away with another win in this series.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz - As Bangladesh's primary spinner and a very effective lower-order batter, having Mehidy Hasan Miraz in your lineup is a no-brainer. He is pretty highly owned, though, so he is unlikely to be a big differentiator. In fact, you should try and pick all the spinners from both teams if possible.
Shreyas Iyer - The best batter of spin from India, Iyer could have a vital role to play in this match. We don't think he should be your choice for the captain but he is certainly someone you want to have in your Dream11 team.
Shubman Gill - His century in the previous match will take a lot of pressure away. Gill also has the advantage of batting against the new ball when the runs are probably the easiest to come by.
BAN vs IND Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: R Pant
Batters: C Pujara, S Iyer, S Gill
All-rounders: S Al Hasan, R Ashwin, A Patel (C), M Hasan Miraz
Bowlers: T Islam, K Yadav (VC), N Ahmed