Bangladesh started their venture in the realm of elites by facing India at home more than 16 years ago. Since then they have played 97 matches, toured all test playing nations more than once and even they had hosted series against India at home for couple of more times. But the tour of India to play a bilateral series against them was completely out of grapple. Bangladesh eventually got the opportunity to play against them on their home condition as they will face India in Hyderabad in the only-off test beginning tomorrow.
The two teams have provided energetic and nail-biting rivalry in the recent past but all of them were in limited over cricket. Bangladesh’s main challenge is to play well consistently in all five days of the test match. They suffered in the last series in New Zealand due to the dreadful collapse in their second innings despite putting massive totals in the first. Their batsmen must show well-temperament to fight against the world’s current best spin duo Ashwin and Jadeja.
In the last test series against England where Bangladesh rewrote history, spinners took 38 out of 40 English wickets. Mehedi Hasan Miraz executed world class performance in his debut series but also observed later the toughest part of test cricket in New Zealand. He can prove himself as the trump card for the visiting side; however, he has to extract his best to get success against a side that are on top to handle spinners. Bangladesh will surely miss another young phenomenon Mustafiz who lacked adequate fitness to play five-day cricket. Seasoned opener Imrul Kayes is also going to miss the match as he got hurt on his thigh again.
The pitch in Hyderabad looks like typical subcontinent pitch. Weather forecast doesn’t indicate any chance of rain in the upcoming five days.