From Dravid-Laxman’s monumental partnership to hosting the first-ever pink-ball Test match, The Mecca of Indian Cricket, Eden Gardens has witnessed historical moments. The lush green outfield, floodlights, jam-packed stadium and the pink-ball will add a whole new dimension to the longest and toughest form of the game. Virat Kohli’s men will look to continue their juggernaut against a clueless Bangladesh side. However, both the teams will have a fair share of difficulties by the challenge possessed by the pink ball. In a move to revolutionize Test Cricket in India, Sourav Ganguly formulated the blueprint of hosting the first-ever D/N Test which will also lure the crowd from witnessing a different ball game.
Preview of India vs Bangladesh – the first-ever pink-ball Test match in India
History of the Mecca of Indian Cricket – Eden Gardens
The Eden Gardens was established in the year 1864, the stadium has witnessed all the highs and lows of Indian Cricket. From India’s humiliating loss to Sri Lanka in the 1996 World Cup to Rohit’s knock of 264, the venue is correlated to tumult of emotions. It is also one of the oldest Stadium in India: if you ask any budding player they’ll opt to make their debut at this very ground. Eden Gardens’ capacity weighs up to 66,000 and the lush green outfield makes this ground look even more fascinating and enthralling.
Date: 22nd November- 26th November
Venue: Eden Gardens
Time : 1:00 PM (IST)
Channel: Star Sports Network
Live Stream: Hotstar and Jio TV
Eden Gardens will take the centre stage, as the hosts get ready for the first-ever D/N Test in front of the 60,000 odd crowds. Comfortably sitting at the top of the table with 300 points from 6 matches, Kohli’s men will look to clinch the series against the visitors. The bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav managed to trouble the visitor’s batsmen in the Indore Test since Eden is a pacer friendly wicket it’ll be very intriguing to see the trio bowling in tandem in the twilight conditions.
Kohli’s men also stare at a unique record which no other Indian the side has achieved – Third successive Test series whitewash. However, the challenges of the pink ball will be a huge test for both the teams. The players will also need to acclimatize to the new timings of the Test, which will be one of the biggest challenging factors.
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Commencement of the Test (1st session) – 1:00 PM (IST)
2nd session: 3:40 PM (IST)
3rd session: 6:00 PM (IST)
Play’s halt: 8:00 PM (IST)
The time frame has been formulated keeping in mind the dew factor. The dew will only come to effect after 8:30 PM (IST), so there’s no possibility of dew factor affecting the game. After an enthralling and convincing victory in Indore, the Indian the side will go with the same squad. If India manages to beat the visitors at the Eden Gardens, it will be their 12th successive Test series win at home.
The experienced duo – Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque will look to make amends with the willow
The visitors will be keen to improve their performance and also head back to their base with a win over India, but they will need a herculean task to stamp their authority over the hosts. Bangladesh’s experienced batting duo- Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque will need to set examples to follow with their own performances. Skipper Mominul Haque who possesses a strong CV in the longest format is yet to come good in this series, with a bagful of experience the southpaw will somehow need to find answers to counter the fierce Indian bowling line-up. The pink-ball will always be a challenge for the batters especially under the lights, Bangladesh needs to be wary of this issue. Lack of application from the Bangladesh batters was the main justification to the fact that they have only played a limited number of Tests this year.
To celebrate the landmark move by the BCCI, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina will be in attendance for the first day. Sheikh Hasina and Mamatha Bannerjee will ring the bell at the Eden Gardens to start the proceedings of the historic pink-ball Test. With various limitations of the pink-ball, time will only determine the future prospects of the D/N tests.
India’s Playing XI: M Agarwal, R Sharma, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, R Jadeja, W Saha, R Ashwin, I Sharma, U Yadav and M Shami.
Bangladesh’s Playing XI: S Islam, I Kayes, M Haque, M Rahim, M Mithun, Mahmudullah, L Das, N Hasan, A Jayed, A Hossain and E Hossain.
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