About the Match
Day 3 was an interesting day of Test Cricket where India made early inroads but Bangladesh resisted later on and batted gamely. The game is still in the balance as we take a look at what is likely to happen on Day 4.
Day 4 Preview
There was a moment on day 3 that could assume greater significance as the match wears on. Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan were batting together when a close run-out call was referred to the third umpire. Rahim did not seem to have any part of the bat grounded behind the crease, although almost his entire bat had crossed the crease.
All the commentators though it should have been given out but the third umpire obviously had some doubt which he gave the batsmen the benefit of.
Mushfiqur Rahim is still batting and will continue the Bangladeshi fightback on day 4 with Mehedi Hasan for company. The young Hasan has made his first test 50 and looked pretty impressive as time has worn on.
Rahim is also in sight of a test century, currently batting on 81.
We think Day 4 might be a little more difficult for the Bangladeshi batsmen to adapt to however as the pitch will continue to crumble just that little bit more. The Indian bowlers, who were looking tired by the end of the day will also be refreshed, and hopefully, India's premier spinner would have had some time to figure out his plans.
Ashwin looked completely out of sorts on a pitch that was not offering him any help and only managed to take one wicket in the entire day. He will need to regain some form quickly if India is to force a win in this match.
The biggest threat to the Bangladeshi batsmen was the reverse swing of Umesh Yadav, who bowled one of the best spells of fast bowling by an Indian bowler in a long time. He will have a relatively new ball at his disposal on day 4 and would hope to add to his tally of two wickets.
India only needs one wicket before one suspects the Bangladeshi resistance breaks down. Back Rahim to get a hundred tomorrow, however, we do not think that Bangladesh will be able to score more than 425 runs.
India is still leading by 365 runs and that is enough to try and force a win on day 5. Expect India to come out and bat for close to 40 overs, try and score 180-200 runs, before putting the Bangladeshi batsmen in again before the close of play.
It is very likely that we will see parts of three innings tomorrow and the game should accelerate greatly.
That being said, India would be worried about the lack of any sort of deterioration in the pitch conditions and would definitely want some more help from conditions in the series against Australia. Virat Kohli has said repeatedly that India should be good enough to win on any sort of pitches but dead ones like these are not what he had in mind.
India will have to work hard for a victory but could still manage to pull it off late on day 5. Back India to win.