India will look to continue their excellent test-match form when they take on Bangladesh in the first match of their two-test series. The first test takes place at Indore’s Holkar Stadium from November 14-18, with the live action starting at 1000 local time every day.
The series, as well being for the Ganguly-Durjoy Trophy, also forms part of the ICC World Test Championship, which India currently lead after five wins across their two series with West Indies and South Africa. Rohit Sharma was in sublime form opening the batting in the most recent series.
Bangladesh, who have never beat India in a test match – this will be their tenth attempt – are yet to start their ICC World Test Championship campaign. They lost their most recent test to Afghanistan, however, and without suspended captain Shakib Al Hasan they are huge outsiders for this match too.
IND vs BAN, 1st Test: Where to watchLive streaming
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IND vs BAN Toss Prediction
The Indore wicket is perfect for batting and any other decision but to bat first would be crazy.
IND vs BAN Weather Report
Indore is set for perfect cricketing conditions over the next week and there should be no disruptions weather-wise to this match.
IND vs BAN Pitch Condition
The Holkar Stadium is a batting haven. The pitch has a consistent, face bounce and the short boundaries and lightning-fast outfield all combines with that to mean big runs are likely.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for India vs Bangladesh , 1st Test.
India Team News & Playing 11
IND Team News
After being rested for the T20i series, Virat Kohli returns to lead India against Bangladesh in these test matches. Rohit Sharma will continue at the top of the order after his fine form in the series with South Africa, while Kuldeep Yadav is fit and could play as a third spinner in place of Shahbaz Nadeem – who had replaced him for the final test against South Africa. Jasprit Bumrah is recovering from injury still.
IND Key Players
Rohit Sharma: Promoted to open the batting against South Africa and enjoyed a superb series. He hit 176 and 127 in his two innings in the first match and then concluded the series with a brilliant 212 – his highest test score – in the third test.
Virat Kohli: Another to score a double-century in the series win against South Africa, the India captain hit 254* in the second test – his 26th test century. He passed 7,000 test runs during that innings and currently averages 54.77 in test matches.
Mohammed Shami: Took nine wickets in the two tests against West Indies and then claimed 13 in the series with South Africa too. He now has 166 test match wickets in just 45 matches.
IND Team Form
India have won all five matches they have played in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship. They comfortably beat West Indies twice in Antigua and Jamaica, and then won three from three against South Africa – concluding with two innings victories – last month. Rohit Sharma hammered 212 in the most recent game, as India won by an innings and 202 runs.
As with the T20i matches, Bangladesh go into these tests without suspended captain Shakib Al Hasan. Mominul Haque will lead the test team in his place. From the team which lost to Afghanistan in September – Bangladesh’s only recent test – Soumya Sarkar is also absent.
BAN Key Players
Mushfiqur Rahim: Only Tamim Iqbal has more test runs for Bangladesh than the wicket-keeper-batsman, who moved to 4,029 in the test against Afghanistan in September.
Mominul Haque: The newly-appointed stand-in captain has scored 2,613 test runs at a handy average of 41.47 for Bangladesh so far.
Taijul Islam: Six wickets in the match against Afghanistan ensured he became only the third Bangladeshi – and the only one in this current squad – to reach 100 test match wickets for the Tigers.
BAN Team Form
Bangladesh are yet to play a match in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship, and their only test match since the tournament started was against Afghanistan – who are outside the competition. Taijul Islam took four wickets in the first innings but Bangladesh conceded a 137-run lead, and when Afghanistan built on that to set them 398 to win it was game over. Bangladesh collapsed to 173 all out in thee final innings.
Bangladesh Predicted Playing 11
Shadnam Islam, Liton Das, Mominul Haque (c), Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Mossadek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
IND : W W W W W
BAN : L L L W W
IND vs BAN Head to Head
India are one of five nations Bangladesh are yet to win a test match against, with this set to be their tenth test match against each other. India have won seven out of nine so far, with two draws. Their most recent meeting was a one-off test in February 2017, in which Virat Kohli hit 204 in a total of 687/6 declared. Mushfiqur Rahim hit a century in reply, but Bangladesh were all out for 388. India batted again, to take the game well and truly away from the Tigers, and then had Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja take four wickets apiece to bowl them out for 250 in the final innings.
IND vs BAN Head to Head Stats
India vs Bangladesh Betting Odds
India are big favourites to continue their winning start to the ICC World Test Championship.
IND Bet365 Odds
IND to Win the Match: India are 1.11 favourites to beat Bangladesh in this first of two test matches.
IND Top Batsman: Virat Kohli hit a double-century when these teams last met and added an unbeaten 254* to his tally in India’s most recent test series, against South Africa. The captain is 3.60 to be their top first-innings batsman with Bet365. Rohit Sharma, who had a stunning series at the top of the order against South Africa, is also 3.60 with Bet365, while Mayank Agarwal is 4.00. Cheteshwar Pujara can be backed at 4.33, while Ajinkya Rahane is 8.00 in the middle order.
IND Top Bowler: India’s two top spinners, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, are both 3.40 with Bet365 to be India’s top bowler in the first innings. Both will play a key part in this match, but so might Kuldeep Yadav, who is priced at 5.00, as is in-form Mohammed Shami.
BAN Bet365 Odds
BAN to Win the Match: Bangladesh are huge outsiders at 17.00 to beat India in the first test with Bet365.
BAN Top Batsman: Mushfiqur Rahim is 4.00 to be Bangladesh’s top first innings batsman with Bet365, making him joint-favourite with stand-in captain Mominul Haque. Mahmudullah can be backed at 5.00, while Shadman Islam and Liton Das are both 6.00.
BAN Top Bowler: Taijul Islam is 3.40 joint-favourite to be Bangladesh’s top first innings bowler after passing 100 test wickets in their last match. Mehidy Hasan Miraz is 3.40 with Bet365 too, while Mustafizur Rahman is 4.00.
India vs Bangladesh Prediction
India are huge favourites to beat Bangladesh and it is no surprise really. They are in superb form, whereas Bangladesh have lost their last three test matches and have never beaten India in the longest format.
Back India to beat Bangladesh at 1.11 with Bet365.
Mushfiqur Rahim is set to be a key batsman for Bangladesh in this series, particularly with Shakin Al Hasan suspended and Tamim Iqbal absent. He is one of the Tigers’ all-time top test scorers.
Virat Kohli costs 10.5 credits at the top of the order but he starred in this fixture when these teams last met and he proved his enduring form when he hit 254* in the second test against South Africa last month too. That series against South Africa also saw Rohit Sharma hit incredible form up the order and so he appears to be excellent value at just nine credits. That is true also of Ajinkya Rahane, who regular contributes useful runs in the middle order, and Bangladesh’s stand-in captain Mominul Haque.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took eight wickets between them in the second innings when these teams last met and the spinners look to be superb value at 9.5 credits apiece. You still need two Bangladesh players at this point, so looking at Mehidy Hasan Miraz or Mosaddek Hossain keeps the credits down while fulfilling that.
The final Bangladeshi players should be Taijul Islam, who passed 100 test match wickets in their defeat to Afghanistan in September. That leaves two spots for the Indian bowlers. In-form Mohammed Shami is nine credits, which leaves enough for Kuldeep Yadav at eight credits. Will India opt for three spinners? If they do not, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav combine at the same price.
Rohit Sharma was in superb form in the series with South Africa and he will be keen to continue that at the top of the order against Bangladesh too. Virat Kohli is always a threat with the bat too. Perhaps selecting just one as captain and leaving vice-captain to Ravindra Jadeja could be fruitful, however, given Jadeja has scored some lower-order runs and will pick up wickets with the ball too.