India will be aiming for a 12th successive Test series win at home when they face Bangladesh in the second and final game of a two-Test match series. The match at the Eden Gardens will also be India and Bangladesh’s first tryst with the pink ball and also the first occasion of an international Day-Night Test match on Indian soil. The match will be historic in not only that Virat Kohli’s men will be playing their maiden D/N test, but India can also clean-sweep a third successive Test series with a victory. India’s top-order of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal have been in good touch while Abu Jayed has been the only bright spark for Bangladesh in an otherwise humbling defeat in the first game. India Vs Bangladesh, Cricket Score 2nd Test Match.
Mayank, who became the second-fastest to hit two double Test centuries, will hope to continue his record-breaking form in India, while Rohit and Virat – both of who failed with the bat in the first Test at Indore – will want to hit some runs at Eden. But despite their dominance over Bangladesh in the first Test and their overall home supremacy, India will certainly be starting on a new shore when they take the Pink ball at Eden. The same could be said for Bangladesh, who at least after the beating at Indore will be happy to try hand at something relatively unknown – when it comes to these two teams. India vs Bangladesh, Day-Night Test 2019, Key Players: Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Abu Jayed and Other Cricketers to Watch Out for at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Yet, despite both the teams facing each other in a completely new sphere, expect India to be dominating over the visitors simply on the basis of skills. India piled on close to 500 runs in their only innings at Indore despite only Mayank Agarwal hitting a century that being the double hundred. It is his partner though, who enjoys a special connection with the City of Joy, which interestingly will also be playing host to India’s first-ever D/N Test match.
Be it the Indian Premier League (IPL) or ODIs, Rohit has made his bat sing at Eden – his highest ODI score (264) came at Kolkata. His first-ever Test century was also at this very stadium. But in Abu Jayed, Rohit has a new nemesis. At Indore, Jayed bowled the very delivery – a somewhat full-length outside off-stump delivery that draws the batsman out of the crease to attempt to play a drive – and will be hoping to do the same at Eden, this time with the pink ball. Take a look at some of the mini-battles for the 2nd India vs Bangladesh Test match.
Rohit Sharma vs Abu Jayed
Rohit has been in terrific form ever since being promoted as a Test opening batsman in the Indian Test team. He hit two centuries and a double hundred in four Test innings against South Africa and would have hoped to do the same against Bangladesh, especially after a good T20I series. But Abu Jayed, in only his sixth Test match, send Rohit back after only 14 deliveries and six runs. Jayed eventually finished with a four-wicket haul.
Mohammed Shami vs Mushfiqur Rahim
Both were involved in the moment that changed the course of the 1st Test match in Indore. Rahim after surviving three dropped catches looked set to score his seventh Test century. Bangladesh were reduced to 31/3 before Rahim in the company of captain Mominul Haque first steadied the ship with a fifty-plus run partnership. He nearly carried them safely to lunch on Day 2 of the opening Test match. But a fired-up Mohammed Shami, spurred on by Kohli and the cheering crowd, bowled one of the devastating spells on home conditions.
Rahim after surviving the first four deliveries chased the fifth one out of crease only for the delivery to gate-crash him and leave him rattled. Bangladesh were down 140-6 and they never recovered from it. Shami will certainly have another such opportunity to go at Rahim but this time with the pink ball, which swings more and offers more movement.
Mayank Agarwal vs Taijul Islam
Agarwal hit a double hundred in the first Test against Bangladesh at Indore offering no more than one chance during his entire 330-ball stay at the crease. The double hundred at Indore was not only his second double hundred in his only Test appearance in India but also his third Test century in the same period. He has been India’s best performer in all of the three-Test series that he has played so far and expect him to continue that run.
Taijul Islam, in the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, is Bangladesh’s premier spinner ever before Mehidy Hasan. He went wicketless finished with figures of 28 overs, 120 runs at Indore. Taijul will hope that despite the presumptions of spinners not getting much help with the pink ball, he can trouble the Indian batsmen with his pace and guile.
India already lead the two-Test match series 1-0 and can seal their 12th successive Test series victory at home with another win at Eden. Virat Kohli’s men not only lead the ICC Test rankings but are also by far the better-placed team at the ICC World Test Championship points table.