India will kick-start their international commitments after more than a two-month long break with their one-off Test against Bangladesh at Fatullah from Wednesday. Here’re some of the Bangladesh v India Test betting tips.
Day 4 Preview:
Murali Vijay got to his century while Ajinkya Rahane fell just two short of his as India pushed their way up to 462 for six. However, rain had the final say on the day again with many stoppages during the day making it in even more certain the game is going to end in a draw. There’s every likelihood India will declare overnight but even then, it looks difficult to see Bangladesh getting rolled over twice on this flat Fatullah track.
A draw currently is at 1/20 (William Hill) but if you are the more adventurous kinds you could look for an Indian win (William Hill) which is at 8/1 and then cover it up once the odds shorten (that’s if you think they will!).
Day 3 Preview:
As I mentioned in the preview to the second day, rain did have a say in the proceedings. And how. Not a ball was possible and with that, the chances of getting a result out of this game have grown even bleaker. India are now 6/1 (Coral) to win this Test while a draw is further cut to 1/9 with William Hill. Cannot see any other result here apart from a stalemate on a pitch that’s so flat and in weather that’s so pathetic.
Day 2 Preview:
India ended the opening day, a rain-curtailed one at that, in a position of great strength. Both the openers were still at the crease, having added 239 for the first wicket from 56 overs when stumps were drawn. Shikhar Dhawan was batting on 150 while Murali Vijay was closing in on another Test century for India. At this stage, Bangladesh have fallen to 100/1 (William Hill) to win the Test while India are still 9/4 (Coral). With the weather looking not so good, a drawn game is 4/11 (Coral).
Earlier, India had made a strong start to the day’s proceedings, having gotten themselves to 107 without loss in the first sessions before the rain came down. Shikhar Dhawan was batting on a scrumptious 74 from 71 while Murali Vijay had worked his way to 33. This was after India won the toss and decided to bat first, bringing in five bowlers to their line-up.
Story so far:
The last time India played a Test match was in the first week of January, making it five months since they played red-ball cricket. That rustiness, combined with the fact that Bangladesh are no pushovers, not any more at home at least, will make for an interesting contest between the two sides.
The last time these two sides played in an international was in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final. Bangladesh had India struggling at one stage but a Rohit Sharma century and Suresh Raina’s 65 pulled them through to 302. Bangladesh never got going and were bowled out for 193.
Since then, Bangladesh have gone on to win an ODI series at home, beating Pakistan 3-0 while losing the Test series 1-0. India, as mentioned earlier, haven’t played an international since the end of the World Cup.
Tamim Iqbal’s return to form has been a welcome change to the side’s fortunes. He hit two centuries in the three ODIs, and a double-century in the Tests against Pakistan. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam also made a mark in that same series with a six-wicket haul in one of those Tests and has been a worthy replacement for Abdur Razzaq.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim won’t keep wickets because of a finger injury but will still play. Litton Das will take over the gloves.
This will also be Virat Kohli’s first full series as captain with MS Dhoni having announced his retirement from Test match cricket. Wriddhiman Saha will get his chance as the keeper too.
India will be without KL Rahul, who has been ruled out because of an illness which means Murali Vijay will be reunited with his old Test opening partner, Shikhar Dhawan. What will be interesting to see is their starting XI – under Dhoni they played Ravindra Jadeja as their number seven all-rounder but he has been dropped from the side.
In Jadeja’s absence, India might go in with seven batsmen and four bowlers.
Virat Kohli (India):
He had a season to remember. Kohli went to Australia with a reputation to live up to following his poor England series and came back with four centuries from four games. And now that he’s back to international cricket with the mantle of captaincy to take care of, he will look at his bat to do the talking again. Expect him to get a big one again.
Mominul Haque (Bangladesh):
He is a Test match short of AB de Villiers’ record of scoring 12 fifties from as many Test matches. Mominul Haque has been the find of recent times for Bangladesh and with a Test average of 60 from 14 Tests, he’s clearly one to look out for. Will India have a solution for him? Seems doubtful given the short amount of time they would have had for preparation for this format.
Bangladesh v India Test head to head:
The two sides have played each other seven times and India have won six of those Tests. One other game ended in a draw. In the last two Tests between Bangladesh and India, Rahim and Iqbal have both scored a century apiece.
Bangladesh v India Test betting tips:
India to win: 7/10 (bet365)
Murali Vijay to be India’s top batsman: 4/1 (Paddy Power)
Mominul Haque to be Bangladesh’s top batsman: 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Match starts at 10 am local time (0400 hours GMT) on June 10.