ENG vs IND, 2021: KL Rahul becomes a prime candidate for opener’s spot in Nottingham Test

After three years, Virat Kohli’s India is back in the United Kingdom (UK) to face England in a five-match Test series. The opening game begins on Wednesday at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, but the visitors are already facing injury scares. After three players, Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan, and Washington Sundar returned home, another player; Mayank…

ENG vs IND, 2021: KL Rahul becomes a prime candidate for opener’s spot in Nottingham Test

After three years, Virat Kohli’s India is back in the United Kingdom (UK) to face England in a five-match Test series. The opening game begins on Wednesday at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, but the visitors are already facing injury scares.

After three players, Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan, and Washington Sundar returned home, another player; Mayank Agarwal, was ruled out from the opening Test. Agarwal was hit on the helmet during a net session in Nottingham on Monday.

Now, the worrying factor for Indian management is to find an opener who could partner Rohit Sharma in the series opener. India have options in the form of KL Rahul and Abhimanyu Easwaran as designated openers. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also sent Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav to England, but due to the quarantine period, the duo won’t be available to join the squad for the first Test.

Considering that Easwaran is still a rookie, there are high chances that Rahul will open the innings alongside Rohit. Before Mayank’s injury, it was expected that if Rahul gets a game, he might come to bat in the middle-order, but now the situation has been changed, and fans may see Rahul partnering Rohit at Trent Bridge.

Team India also have an option of Hanuma Vihari to open, but here Rahul’s career stats are much better. The Karanataka cricketer has played 36 Tests so far and has opened in 34 among them. On the other hand, Vihari has opened only once in his 12-Test career. Moreover, another factor that may work in Rahul’s favour is that he also has the experience of opening in white-ball cricket.

India’s squad for 1st Test:

Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhimanyu Easwaran.

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Bangladesh vs Australia 2021, 1st T20I: Preview – Pitch Report, Playing Combination & Match Prediction

The Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur is set to host the first T20 International (T20I) of the five-match series between Bangladesh and Australia on Tuesday. The hosts have recently shown tremendous performance in the series against Zimbabwe. The Mahmudullah-led side will hope to record another series win as they head into the T20 World…

Bangladesh vs Australia 2021, 1st T20I: Preview – Pitch Report, Playing Combination & Match Prediction

The Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur is set to host the first T20 International (T20I) of the five-match series between Bangladesh and Australia on Tuesday.

The hosts have recently shown tremendous performance in the series against Zimbabwe. The Mahmudullah-led side will hope to record another series win as they head into the T20 World Cup qualifiers.

On the other hand, Australia have experienced a terrible campaign in the five-match T20I series against West Indies. Though they ended the Windies tour with an ODI series win, that will give them some sort of confidence. This series is also a great opportunity for young talent to shine as many senior players have taken rest.

Pitch report:

The surface at Shere Bangla National Stadium tends to remain slow, therefore, spinners are always crucial at this venue. So far, 44 T20I matches have taken place here, with 152 is the average first inning score, while 130 being the average second innings score.

Playing Combination:

Bangladesh

Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das will not be available for the series opener, therefore Mohammad Naim will open the batting alongside Soumya Sarkar. In the absence of Rahim, Narus Hasan will keep the wickets.

BAN XI: Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (w), Nasum Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam.

Australia:

Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the T20I series, and in place of him, Matthew Wade will lead the Aussie side. Mitchell Starc will lead the pace attack, while Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar will handle the responsibility of the spin department.

AUS XI: Matthew Wade (c & wk), Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Ashton Turner, Dan Christian, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.

Match Prediction:

Case 1:

  • Australia win the toss and bowl first
  • Bangladesh Powerplay score: 40-50
  • Bangladesh Total: 140-155

Case 2:

  • Bangladesh win the toss and bowl first
  • Australia Powerplay score: 45-60
  • Australia Total: 150-165

Australia to win the contest.

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