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08-Feb-2017 04:28:00 GMT
India v Bangladesh, only Test, Hyderabad

India guard against Bangladesh complacency

Hyderabad: India have been warned against complacency as they look to extend their record-breaking unbeaten run to 19 matches when they host Bangladesh in a Test for the first time on Thursday.

Following their recent demolition of England in all formats, Virat Kohli's side will be heavy favourites to cement their status as the world's No.1 Test side in the one-off match in Hyderabad when it begins on Thursday.

Kohli's men are looking to set a new milestone after equalling India's record of five consecutive Test series triumphs against England, New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the past 18 months.

Bangladesh held India to a draw in June 2015 in a rain-affected Test in Fatullah the last time they met.

They have lost six of eight home Tests against India with two drawn but now get a chance to face them away from home for the first time since gaining full status 17 years ago.

Bangladesh's Test win in the drawn two-match series against England last October has given the team belief that they can compete against the top Test nations

And despite the subsequent 2-0 defeat in New Zealand, Indian conditions should be more favourable to their spin-heavy bowling attack.

Bangladesh's captain and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim played down the significance of Thursday's Test, even if the invitation to India has been a long time coming.

Bangladesh will be without opening batsman Imrul Kayes who pulled a thigh muscle in a warm-up match on Monday while left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman, who had a recent shoulder problem, was left out of the squad because of a lack of match fitness.

Soumya Sarkar is now expected to open the batting alongside Tamim Iqbal and paceman Shafiul Islam returns.

India are expected to make one change from the side that won the final Test against England in December as Saha returns from injury.

Teams from

India:
Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Hardik Pandya.

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain & wk), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Kamrul Islam, Taijul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Liton Das (wk), Shafiul Islam.

Stats and trivia

  • This will be Ravichandran Ashwin's 45th Test. Two more wickets in the Test will make Ashwin the fastest to reach 250 wickets landmark by a significant margin. The current record-holder is Dennis Lillee, who reached the 250-wicket mark in 48 Tests.
  • This will be the first Test for Bangladesh on Indian soil.
  • Mushfiqur Rahim needs 68 runs to complete 3,000 Test runs.
  • With one more wicket, Shakib Al Hasan will become the first Bangladeshi bowler to take 50 wickets in overseas Tests.

Match facts
February 9-13, 2017
Start time 0930 local (0400 GMT)


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