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One-off Test: India elect to bat vs Bangladesh, Rahane replaces Nair

09:45  Rahul out for 2, India lose early wicket:  

India 2-1 (2 ovs) vs B’desh | Scorecard

Pacer Taskin Ahmed to start off with the ball for Bangladesh, who are playing their first ever Test match in India.

The first ball is a full delivery on the pads which KL Rahul turns to fine leg for a couple to get off the mark.

However, he dismissed three balls later, bowled off an inside edge. Rahul plays a loose shot away from his body without any footwork and only manages to get an inside edge which hits the back pad before going on to hit the stumps.

New batsman Cheteshwar Pujara manages to see off the remaining two deliveries to end a successful first over.

Kamrul Islam follows it up with a good first over to Murali Vijay, who cautiously plays out a maiden.

That early wicket will be a big boost for Bangladesh as they look to build some early pressure with a few tight overs.

09:22  Check out how the two teams line up for the match:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (w/k), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Aswhin, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumy Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Kamrul Islam Rabbi.


09:05  India elect to bat vs Bangladesh, Rahane replaces Nair:   India captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and elected to bat vs Bangladesh, in the one-off Test in Hyderabad.

The big news is that Karun Nair has been dropped despite scoring a historic triple century in his previous innings, during the Chennai Test against England. A fit-again Ajinkya Rahane comes back into the playing eleven in place of Nair.

India are playing five bowlers, including three fast bowlers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are the two spinners.


08:52  Confident India hope to continue run vs Bangladesh:  Welcome to the coverage of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh in Hyderabad, on Thursday.

Spoilt for choice with a pool of top quality performers in their ranks, formidable India are overwhelming favourites against minnows Bangladesh in a proverbial ‘David vs Goliath’ one-off cricket Test that starts in Hyderabad on Thursday.

On paper, it is a lop-sided battle with the world number one taking on the ninth ranked side, but in this game of glorious uncertainties, rankings dont matter much.

For Bangladesh, it is a historic moment as they are playing a Test match on Indian soil for the first time but for the hosts, it will be more about maintaining the momentum they have acquired by winning seven out of the eight matches against comparatively better sides like New Zealand and England.

How have India fared in one-off Tests?
But when it comes to playing the game wearing whites flannels, Bangladesh have not been able to replicate their ODI performances.

That they managed to lose a match against New Zealand last month, after scoring nearly 550 in the first innings, shows that even after 16 years of playing the oldest format of the game, Bangladesh have not been able to decode the winning formula.

Check out how India have fared in one-off Tests

Source: Rediff