Our Prediction is West Indies will win the match!
The game will be in Chattogram, where the last test match took place in February 2018 and eventually ended up be a draw. Both sides played earlier this year in West Indies, where Bangladesh had a terrible outcome in the test series. They suffered an innings defeat in the first test match after a batting crumble in Antigua.
The deciding factor in the previous test match was the pace bowling. Bangladesh pacers could not utilize it properly, and as a result West Indies scored big even on a pitch which is a nightmare for batsmen.
Lucky for Bangladesh though, they are now playing at their home. Historically, their ground offered nothing to the pace bowlers but spin to the slow bowlers. Expect Bangladesh to provide hard time for the Windies, while they will try to test Bangladesh with their pacers.
Bangladesh is a team currently great sports form. They finished their last test match just a week before the start of this series they won quite easily. Although they could not score more than 200 in the last 8 innings prior to this game, they came back hard after surprisingly losing the first test against Zimbabwe earlier this month. They also won all of the 3 ODIs against them last month.
Shakib Al Hasan is back in the team after a finger injury and will be leading from the front as captain. Tamim Iqbal did not recover yet, and thus raising eyebrows to the opening pair which has been largely unsuccessful the last two test matches.
Watch out for Taijul Islam and Mehedi Hasan Miraj, the two spinners in form. Mushfiq, Mominul and Mahmudullah are doing great lately with the bat, all 3 of them scoring centuries the last test match (Mushfiq even scored a double century!). With Shakib now accompanying both the sectors, expect a tough game from the tigers at home.
WEST INDIES PREVIEW
West Indies somehow always found their way easy against Bangladesh in test matches (except in 2011, where they arguably played with their Team B). However, their captain Jason Holder is out of the test series with an injury, and Braithwaite will lead them from here onwards.
They lost both of their test matches against India quite embarrassingly, one of them in an innings and an odd 200+ runs. Each of their bowlers went over 4 runs per over in the first test match. Their batsmen were even worse- crumbling down in less than 100 overs in the two innings combined in the first test match. These prove how inexperienced their lineup is in the subcontinent.
Regardless, West Indies is expected to fight back. Their performance was significantly better in the second test encounter with India (which they lost anyway), and at one stage even made India fearful of losing the match.
Lookout of Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope, who were in tantalizing form since the last ODI and T20 Series against India. Kemar Roach and Keemo Paul had decimated Bangladesh earlier this year, and their pace with concrete line and length is expected to test Bangladesh once again.
The chief selector of Bangladesh Minhajul Abedin indicated they might take only one pace bowler in the upcoming test match, which means the pitch is likely to be made spinner friendly. The pitch is expected to crack on the 4th day, so some sharp spin and bounces to be tackled by the team batting in the 4th Innings. Whoever plays spin well, especially in the front foot, is likely to be successful in this ground. Weather forecast says sky is clear, with no indication of rain. Expect a warm sunny weather.
Whoever wins the toss is expected to bat first. Since the pitch is likely to open up from the 4th day, both the teams would like to avoid batting in the 4th Innings.
Even considering the form of both the teams, West Indies is more likely to win this match. They have an extremely strong batting lineup, with a formidable spin attack. Bangladesh has always been weak against leg spin and Davendra Bishoo. With the top order collapse Bangladesh is having recently, the Windies are likely to utilize this opportunity.
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