India vs Bangladesh – 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is India vs Bangladesh taking place? Thursday, November 14th (04:00 UK time)

Where is India vs Bangladesh taking place? Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore

What is the expected weather for India vs Bangladesh? 31c and sunshine forecast all day

What channel is India vs Bangladesh on? This match will be shown live on Star Gold HD (Sky channel 717)

Where can I stream India vs Bangladesh? This match can be streamed live on SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for India vs Bangladesh? Tickets can be purchased for this match here!

LAST MEETING
India beat Bangladesh by 208 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

INDIA

  • India return to Test action after sealing the T20 series 2-1 on Sunday and now they look to cement their position at the top of the inaugural Test Championship where they have won all five of their Test matches played so far.
  • After being rested for the T20 series, Virat Kohli returns to lead the side and while they have frequently rotated in the various formats of the game, they will field an extremely strong side for this match with only the injured Jasprit Bumrah missing.
  • Rohit Sharma comes into this match in outstanding form after returning to the Test arena and the whole team will take great confidence from their dominant 3-0 win over South Africa in October which they will look to repeat against Bangladesh here.

BANGLADESH

  • Bangladesh competed much better in the T20 series than many expected due to their depleted squad and all the controversy surrounding the two-year suspension of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, but they will have to do even better if they are to challenge India in these two Test matches.
  • Bangladesh ended 2018 in fine form in Test matches by winning their last three against Zimbabwe followed by two against West Indies, but they have been in poor form in 2019 losing all three matches played including the last one against Afghanistan in September which was particularly disappointing.
  • There remains plenty of experience in the squad coming into this match and the likes of Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun will be vital with the bat if they are to hold firm against this formidable Indian bowling attack and make this a competitive match.

THE PREDICTION

India are absolutely flying in all formats of the game right now but they seem to be prioritising Test matches and the new Test Championship. They have played five games in the tournament so far and have dominated twice against West Indies and three times against South Africa, so with a strong squad selected, they figure to ease to victory against Bangladesh. Their batting should simply prove far too strong for the tourists, and the bowling unit should have no trouble dispensing of the Bangladeshi batsmen.

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