India recorded a comprehensive 188-run win against Bangaldesh in the first of the two Test matches at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram to keep their hopes of reaching the summit clash of the World Test Championship on track.
While the batters helped India set up the game, it was Kuldeep Yadav who weaved his magic as he rattled Bangladesh with a five-wicket haul to bundle the hosts cheaply in the first innings.
With Bangladesh trying to salvage some pride and level the series and India aiming to inch closer to secure their place in the final of the WTC, the stakes will be rocketing sky-high when the two sides lock horns in the second game starting Thursday, December 22 in Mirpur.
Ground Details and Team Combination
In the 14 Test innings played at the Shere Bangla Stadium since 2019, the average first innings total is 335 runs, with run-scoring getting a lot more difficult as the average score comes down to 170 runs.
Traditionally, over the years, the pitch at Mirpur is conducive for spinners as they have scalped 67 out of the 114 wickets at an average of 4.8 wickets per innings compared to 47 dismissals at an average of 3.4 by pacers.
While you could go for the above team, you can also choose your team from Cricket.com’s Fantasy Research Centre. You can use this tool to build your team with the help of algorithms. Then, based on your preferences, the platform will guide you through creating the ideal fantasy XI.
For small leagues: Cheteshwar Pujara (Captain), Taijul Ismal (vice-captain)
For grand leagues: Kuldeep Yadav (Captain), Rishabh Pant (vice-captain)
Stats That Matter
In Test matches since 2019, Mushfiqur Rahim has scored 522 runs in seven innings at an average of 104.4, including an unbeaten 203, which is the most runs scored by a player.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored a hundred after three years in the second innings since January 2019 and is expected to play a significant role for the visiting team.
In the last game, Taijul Ismal wreaked havoc in the first innings by scalping four wickets to rattle the top order of the Indian side. The left-arm spinner has 16 wickets at the venue, the most by a bowler since 2019 and his inclusion in the fantasy team will help you gain maximum points.
Grand League Punts
Rishabh Pant is the leading run-scorer for the Indian side this year, with 578 runs in 10 innings at an average of 64.22, including two hundreds. He scored a counter-attacking 46 off 45 deliveries in the first innings, and his recent form in the longest format will help you gain maximum points.
Since the start of the WTC cycle, Litton Das scored 926 runs for the Tigers in 20 innings at an average of 46.30, which is the most by a Bangladesh batter.
Kuldeep Yadav derailed the Tigers with five wickets in the first innings and is expected to play a critical role for the Indian side on a sluggish surface on offer in Dhaka.
With three fifers and two four-wicket hauls in 16 innings, Kuldeep is fast emerging as India's premier spinner, especially in away conditions.
Here are the Top 10 Criclytics Projections
India XI: Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (Captain), Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav
Bangladesh XI: Zakir Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Das, Yasir Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Nurul Hasan (wk), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed, Taijul Islam