Author : A Smith | Created : 2022-08-07 16:11:00
Dhaka is one of the fastest pitches in world cricket, and it's set to be the venue for the first day-night Test in Bangladesh. It has been rated as a fast bowler's paradise with a lot of bounce and pace. The ball comes on straight and low due to moisture content issues in humidity around Dhaka, which has resulted in many batsmen being bowled or lbw
Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2022, 2nd Test Day 1
Date: Mar 11, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM GMT
Wind: 6 mph from the North
The venue is a standard, flat pitch which offers good bounce. In the last five matches played here, both teams have chased down targets successfully on three occasions while two were won by the team batting first. The average first innings score at this venue has been 189 and the average second innings score has been 217. The highest total scored in each innings of a match here is 309/4 (batting first) and 366/6 (batting second).
The last five matches played here have seen an average start from bowlers from both sides as they conceded an average of 27 runs per wicket in their opening spells but then recovered well to restrict batsmen later on with an economy rate of 3.57 runs per over during their middle overs. Batsmen who found success at this venue were those who could show patience early on as they did not lose wickets early in their innings and then accelerate as required towards the end when chasing down targets successfully on three occasions out of five so far at this ground
The last five matches are interesting. Teams batting first have won all of their games, but there haven't been many high-scoring games either. The average score in both innings is 140, and only one match managed an 300+ total. In case you're wondering what happened during those 300+ totals: they were made by two teams batting first who scored 326 and 318 respectively, while Dhaka and Chittagong were dismissed for 202 and 160 respectively (each having batted first).
The average 1st innings score at this venue is 287.4 and the average 2nd innings score is 200.4 in the last five matches played here.
In the last five matches played here, the team batting first has won three times (60%) and lost twice (40%), while teams batting second have won twice (40%) and lost three times (60%). Therefore, it can be said that this venue favours those who bat first rather than chasing a target set by the opposition team.
The pitch is expected to assist pacers. It remains to be seen how much turn the spinners get on this pitch. In recent times, batting first has been the way to go in tests. The team batting first will have every chance of scoring big runs on this pitch. One can also expect a good amount of bounce on this pitch. Anything above 300 will be competitive on this pitch
The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka has been a happy hunting ground for batting first sides. In the last five matches played at this venue, teams batting first have won four of them, with an average 4th innings score of 225 runs. The average 1st inning score is 258 runs, and the average 2nd innings score is 245 runs.
The pitch report for the venue suggests that pacers will enjoy bowling here more than spinners as bounce will be at a premium and there will not be much assistance for turn. However, there could be some reverse swing on offer if conditions are hot throughout the match (like they were during Pakistan's tour to Bangladesh). If you're looking to pick fast bowlers who may do well here, look no further than Umesh Yadav or Mohammed Shami (if fit), who can hit their straps in seaming conditions when they get enough time to get into it.
The pitch is expected to assist the pacers. The grass covering the track would have worn off by now, but it still should play a big part in how this game unfolds. The ball could get deviated from its course due to the extra bounce on offer and there is also a possibility of it spinning quite a bit due to unevenness of the surface.
It's hard to predict how this pitch will behave, but judging from how India beat Pakistan (who were much better than Bangladesh), we can expect that India will use their fast bowlers well and win easily as they did in their last Test against them at Delhi less than two years ago when Kohli scored only 13 runs in his first innings before he went out for duck again in second inning after scoring five runs just yesterday evening despite having won both matches comfortably without losing even one game!
The pitch report for the first test at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka