About the Match
Day 2 of the test match saw Virat Kohli rack up yet another double hundred, his fourth in four series, and Bangladeshi bowlers being put to the sword. Can Bangladesh reply in kind or can India’s spinners extract more purchase from the surface?
Day 3 Preview
There was very little to suggest that the Hyderabad pitch would take prodigious turn or suddenly become difficult for batting, however, there were a few deliveries that started to take turn during day 2. Bangladesh started well in its reply to India’s mammoth total and would rue losing Soumya Sarkar just before the close of play.
Bangladesh will resume at 41 for 1 with two of their best batsmen on the crease. In Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque, Bangladesh has players that can occupy the crease for a long time and score runs at a high tempo.
Mominul is one batsman in particular who India would want to take out early as his record suggests he is likely to get big runs after getting set. We think he might be one batsman to back for a 50 plus score
. India bowled their pacers primarily at the end of day 2, with Ashwin bowling only 2 overs.
The real test for the Bangladeshi batsman will come when they have to face Ashwin and Jadeja for a sustained period of time. Umesh Yadav also showed that reverse swing could be a factor as he troubled the batsmen with late movement and pace. He could be in the running to take 3 wickets or more in this innings.
Ashwin and Jadeja have been brilliant for India this season and a part of the reason has been the inability of foreign batsmen to take them for runs. The Bangladeshi batsmen will try and attack them to mess with their line and length and this is where we think the opportunities will arise.
Expect a quiet period of play first up on the third day with not too much happening in the first hour. After that, however, the Indian bowlers should be in the game much more.
The third day of the test match is called the moving day because a match often takes a decisive turn on this day. Bangladesh has the opportunity to try and bat well and put itself in a position where they can maybe think of a draw.
For that to happen, Bangladesh needs at least 3 batsmen to score big runs so that they can reach a score close to 500. Mominul, Shakib, and Mushfiqur Rahim are the most likely candidates to provide those runs with hopefully some good contributions from Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudallah down the order.
We don’t see India running through the Bangladeshi lineup on Day 3, however, they should be able to get a big enough lead to force things on Day 4 and Day 5. India has by no means wrapped up this match and the amount of pitch deterioration we see on day 3 will have a lot to do with it.
India is still favorites to win this match but Bangladesh could increase the likelihood of a draw tomorrow.