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India firm favourites to outgun downcast Bangladesh team
India-Bangladesh first Pink Ball Test

India firm favourites to outgun downcast Bangladesh team

The gulf was colossal between India and Bangladesh in Indore. It was a mismatch of epic proportions as India stormed to an innings and 130 runs victory against undercooked Bangladesh who folded on 150 in the first innings and it only went downhill from thereon. 

The touring party's batsmen had no answers to the deadly accurate bowling from Mohammed Shami and his partners in crime.

Shami is at the peak of his career and can get batters out with his eyes closed. He hits the nagging lengths and lines persistently and gets batsmen pinned LBW who are often befuddled, not knowing whether to play him on the front foot or go deep in the crease. 

When India came out to bat, they made sure they don't bother themselves of putting the pads on again. Mayank Agarwal came to the crease and never wanted to leave that place. 

The swashbuckling opener scored 360 degrees, smashed 28 boundaries and eight sixes in his stupendous 243 run knock that simply took the wind out of Bangladesh's sails.

Abu Jayed was the rare bright spot for Bangladesh who took four wickets but no one else made inroads. Ravichandran Ashwin rolled his arm for a mere 14.2 overs and bagged three wickets with tremendous ease on a withering track in Bangladesh's second innings.

The visitors have got their work cut out in the second clash that will be underway today at the spectacular Eden Gardens.

The quicks from India are in no mood to drop guard and the pink ball would further increase Mominul Haque's woes due to the fact that pink ball swings prodigiously - something Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav would like to cash in. 

For the away team to stage a comeback in the series, they will have to show gritty batting performance which is going to be a tough ask owing to the unavailability of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. 

Mustafizur Rahman has the potential to match the likes of Umesh and Shami if given the go-ahead whereas the batting will hinge on the pugnacious Mushfiqur Rahim and his experienced compatriots. 

Both teams will be stepping into uncharted waters as it will be their ever first pink-ball Test match. Playing under lights will be a novel situation for the players as they will have to contend with the dew and roughed up ball which is difficult to sight under floodlights and so it remains to be seen how the players attune to the new variables.

There was a bit of inertia from both boards in holding day-night Test but the dynamic newly appointed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, Sourav Ganguly, brought the pink ball issue as the first item on his agenda and thus India is ready to become the seventh Test-playing nation to host longer format game with the pink-cherry.

Squads

India

Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant

Bangladesh

Mominul Haque (capt), Shadman Islam, Imrul Kayes, Saif Hasan, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain