The action begins with the red cherry but the focus is firmly on the pink ball as a formidable India looks to overpower a depleted-but-gritty Bangladesh in the first Test of a two-match series starting here on Thursday.
The rubber opens in Indore but the buzz and the talk has been consistently centered on the second game in Kolkata, which will be played under lights — a historic first for both the teams.
This is also that one series in the World Test Championship calendar, in which Virat Kohli’s men, currently in the “pink of form”, can steamroll the rag-tag opposition well inside four days.
In fact, on paper, it is difficult to imagine how Bangladesh, without Tamim Iqbal and the suspended Shakib Al Hasan, will even be able to compete in a format, which has been their weakest till date.
Having crushed South Africa in their last series, this Indian team, with inarguably their greatest-ever pace unit till date, will definitely be too hot to handle for a side whose best batsman — skipper Mominul Haque — has less than 10 Test hundreds (eight).
When will the 1st Test between India and Bangladesh begin?
India and Bangladesh 1st Test will start from 09:00 AM IST on Thursday, November 14.
Where I can watch India vs Bangladesh 1st Test live?
India vs Bangladesh 1st Test can be watched on Star Sports Network.
How can I watch India vs Bangladesh 1st Test online?
Hotstar will provide the live streaming for India vs Bangladesh 1st Test.
Where can I follow India vs Bangladesh 1st Test live?
You can follow live updates and scores for India vs Bangladesh 1st Test on www.indiatoday.in/sports.
Where will India vs Bangladesh 1st Test be played?
The Holkar Stadium in Indore will host the 1st Test between India and Bangladesh.
What are the squads for India vs Bangladesh 1st Test?
India: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant.
Bangladesh: Mominul Haque (C), Al-Amin Hossain, Imrul Kayes, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedy Hasan, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasam, Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadat Hossain.