By Sharangee Dutta
The match that was supposed to commence at 9.30 am IST has been held up for half-an-hour, causing loss of 31 overs. The new 9 am ISTstart has further been delayed now, prompting the chance of losing more overs.
At the start of Day One, Indian skipper, Virat Kohli elected to bat first after winning the toss. It turned out to be a good decision for the visitors as their openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay remained unbeaten at 150 and 89 runs, respectively. India ended the first day with 239 runs on board.
As predicted in our earlier report, Bangladesh captain, Mushfiqur Rahim couldn’t play due to a finger injury. This gave an opportunity to Litton Das who made his Test debut, yesterday.
Bad timing for a Bangladesh tour
Such a weather condition brings up the question as to why India went on Bangladesh tour at this time.
Bangladesh is a heavy rain and flood prone country being located on Ganges delta. Not only this, more than half of the country’s land area is just 10 m above sea level, putting Bangladesh at high risk of severe damage.
This one-off test match in the one test and four ODI series tour of India to Bangladesh is equally important to both the countries. As reported in our earlier article, India has made many changes in their squad with the return of Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli as the new skipper, and Wriddhiman Saha taking over MS Dhoni after the shameful loss to Australia earlier this year.
Bangladesh is also looking forward to produce a challenging show after their commendable victory over Pakistan into test format.
However, if heavy rain ceases to let up, and the teams keep losing overs, the preparations will fall right into the black hole. Moreover, a drawn match (which will happen if heavy rain continues to haunt the test) will cause India to drop down in ICC Test rankings with 97 points.