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Fatullah: Bangladesh take on India in the first test match at Fatullah in the one-off series
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Ind – 35 for 0
Three consecutive boundaries off Mohammad Shahid…good footwork in every one of those hits by Dhawan.
Dhawan has raced to a superb 30 off 26 balls with 6 hits to the boundary…even the pitch looks tailor made for a special one by the south-paw.
Spin in 6th over… Nice welcome back to team India to Test cricket in sub-continent… #IndvsBan
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) June 10, 2015
And India have started off quite well with Dhawan and Vijay taking them to 21 without loss in 6 overs.
Good toss to win for India considering that the pitch may have little or nothing for bowlers.
Vijay and Dhawan have walked in to bat….will this contest be a batting fiesta for both sides.
10:01 IST Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Starting XI –
IND – Dhawan, Vijay, Rohit, Kohli*, Rahane, Saha†, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Umesh, Ishant, Aaron
BAN – Tamim, Imrul, Mominul,Rahim*, Shakib, Soumya,Das†, Shuvagata, Jubair, Taijul,Shahid
9:59 IST Wednesday, 10 June 2015
TOSS TIME – India have won the toss and Kohli has elected to bat first…great choice it seems regarding the so called ‘lifeless’ track which has been predicted to be panned out by curators.
Welcome to LIVE coverage of the first test match between Bangladesh and India at Fatullah.
Led by Virat Kohli, India will look to upstage Bangladesh in their own den and show who really is the boss in the test match arena.
Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha on the other hand has raised concerns about the nature of pitch and believes that it will not be a true sporting wicket.
Also skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is of the beilef that the game will be a 50-50 contest and is confiedent of his team giving India a good fight.
Thanks to the nature of the track, Bangladesh will in all probablity field two pacers and a spinner for the contest and it will be interesting to see as to how they can deal with the world class batting line-up led by Kohli.
So as it stands the game definitely looks for the taking for India who look poised to clinch it despite being in away territory.
Bangladesh bowling coach Heath Streak has said that the hosts are unlikely to field three seamers in the one-off cricket Test against India, starting here on Wednesday.
“We are unlikely to go with a three-seam attack in this wicket,” Streak said yesterday.
“We are probably looking at two but it is up to the coach and selectors, once they have a better look at the wicket as we get closer to the game,” he was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
Streak welcomed the return of Rubel Hossain from injury and applauded the consistency of Mohammad Shahid, but said Bangladesh would opt for a two-prone pace attack at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium pitch here, which is not conducive for fast bowlers.
“Obviously it is nice to have Rubel back in the equation.
Normally wickets here are quite tough for the fast bowlers so it requires a lot of patience. I thought Shahid bowled really well in the Pakistan series and showed what he can do. Rubel has been in good form prior to his injury,” Streak said.
“Shahid for us is that dependability. He is the guy you rely on to bowl lots of overs like we saw in the Pakistan Test.
“Hopefully he can play that anchor role for us, with the volume of overs with one or two of the spinners and let the other seamer have an attacking option.”
Bangladesh’s other seam option is Abul Hasan.