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Bangladesh eying history in maiden day-night Test

Hasina visits Kolkata today to spectate match BSS, Kolkata
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Despite being humiliated in the first match in Indore, Bangladesh dare to create a history when they play their maiden day-night Test against India in Kolkata, beginning today. Bangladesh, which lost the Indore Test by an innings and 130-run margin inside just three days, still oozed with confidence, vastly due to the fact that the pink-ball cricket remains an unknown territory for both of the sides.

The passion was palpable as the tickets for the first three days have already been sold out. Kolkata, the ‘City of Joy’ has gone for pink to mark the occasion a memorable one. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will go to Kolkata on a daylong official visit to watch the first day’s play of the historic Test match which will kick off at 1:30pm BST. Indian Army paratroopers will fly into the Eden Gardens to hand over a pink ball each to the two captains just before the toss.

This will be followed by the ringing of the customary Eden Bell by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) will also felicitate the team members of Bangladesh-India first ever Test in 2000, a game where Sourav Ganguly, the incumbent BCCI president made his debut as Test captain.

The members of Bangladesh’s inaugural Test, apart from Aminul Islam Bulbul and Al Shahriar Rokon, however, have already reached.

The city had different places colored in pink as that seems to be the color of the day while the 22 storied TATA building and another 42-storied building will have 3-D mapping.

So the match has historic value. India could feel some advantage because most of their players played with pink ball in the domestic circuit. Bangladesh’s only pink ball experience in domestic circuit was way back in 2013 National Cricket League (NCL) but the memory of that match has already become blurred.

Both Bangladesh and India had got just four days to practice with pink ball before the game.

But the fact is that the most of the Indian players for Test squad was not in the T20 squad and hence they could take in intensive preparation for day-night Test in India when Bangladesh was playing a three-match T20 series against India.

The overall situations suggested that Indians are better prepared for the Test than Bangladeshi players. And they are better equipped too.

Since the pink ball is believed to favour the seamers, India could feel pleased as they are boasted with the best pace attack at this moment. Pink ball is believed to offer bounce and swing, a thing that Indian pacers could muster well and that they proved it in Indore.

Indian spinners also could get less support from the pink ball, due to dew at night but at day part of the game, they could be effective since there is bounce offer aplenty for spinners in pink.

History also suggested that Bangladesh is no match for India in longer version format. Even though they won five ODIs and a maiden T20 victory against India in Delhi in this series, Bangladesh lost eight Test matches after playing 10 with the closed-door neighbours. The two matches that they drew were courtesy to rain.

In their Test history Bangladesh played 116 matches, winning just 13 and lost 87, amongst which 41 was by innings margin. The rest of the 16 matches were drawn. India meanwhile played 540 Tests, winning 156, lost 165 and drew 217. They have tied one match.

Bangladesh still feels confident because there is always vast difference between match practice and match preparation, a thing which the India management also admitted. So a fifty-fifty situation still lies there. The Tigers basically wants to capitalize on it.

Meanwhile, after some discomfort with pink ball, Bangladesh looked to have got over the syndrome as they came into terms with it at nets of Eden Gardens ahead of their day-night Test match.

”They all enjoy the SG ball for a start. So it has been enjoyable to bowl with,” said Bangladesh spin bowling consultant Daniel Vettori.

Bangladesh played two pacers in Indore but it is highly likely that they would go with three-pronged pace attack at Eden, with Al-Amin Hossain coming to the group. A spinner would play between Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan Miraz and the latter would have advantage for his batting skill. As uncapped Saif Hasan who was highly likely to replace Imrul Kayes in opening position was ruled out following his finger injury, the batting line up would remain more or less same.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will go to Kolkata at the invitation of Indian Premier Narendra Modi and President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly.

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines special flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage members will take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10am and land at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata at 10:25am (Indian time).

After the reception at the airport, a ceremonial motorcade will escort the prime minister to Hotel Taj Bengal, Kolkata where she will be staying during her short visit.



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