About the Match
Everything seemed to go India’s way on the first day of the test against Bangladesh and they have put themselves in a very strong position. Bangladesh started off well before falling away at the end of the day, however, there is still plenty of cricket left to play.
Day 2 Preview
The second day of the test match will begin with India in a supremely strong position and two of their best batsmen still at the crease. Virat Kohli is batting on 111 and looking completely at ease, while Ajinkya Rahane has recovered from a shaky start to move onto 45 by the end of day’s play.
India will try to make as many runs as possible in the first innings and with no demons in the pitch, a bowling attack that lacks teeth, both Kohli and Rahane will be eying big hundreds. We think backing Kohli to get his fourth double hundred early might be a good bet, while Rahane should make it to three figures with ease as well.
Wriddhiman Saha, who is slated to come in next, scored a double hundred in his last first-class match while Ashwin, Jadeja and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar to follow are very adept with the bat as well. We think India is well on its way to score 500+ runs in the first innings and then try and bowl Bangladesh out as quickly as possible.
The pitch at Hyderabad had some grass on it but provided absolutely no assistance to the bowlers. They say don’t judge a pitch until both sides have the opportunity to bowl on it but we think India might have had it tough as well had they lost the toss to Bangladesh.
A couple of deliveries from Mehedi Hassan and Shakib Al Hasan did spin but for the most part of it, the batsmen could count on the balls coming straight off the pitch.
India will know that taking 20 wickets on this pitch is not going to be easy and so getting a lot of runs quickly will be paramount to them winning this match. They scored at almost 4 runs an over on day 1 itself and a similar approach could see India declare late in the third session tomorrow.
The Bangladeshi bowlers were very disappointing after a decent start in the morning and it was their fielding that let them down once again. An easy run-out opportunity was missed when Murali Vijay was on 35, while a couple of half-chances also went to ground.
Mehedi Hassan bowled well in patches but will have to learn the finer tricks of his trade soon. Expect Shakib Al Hasan to bowl a lot more on the second day.
The visitors are on the back foot and will need a couple of quick wickets to slow down India’s progress. Unfortunately, we cannot see any bowler that is likely to provide them. The likelihood of India declaring after being 6-7 wickets down is a lot stronger at this stage in the game.
India already seems to have batted itself out of the possibility of defeat, while Ashwin and Jadeja should be enough to bowl them to victory.