Our Prediction is Bangladesh to win.
On a spinning track in Chittagong, Bangladesh spinners ran through the visitor’s inexperienced batting lineup. Taijul Islam took the honors home, but there are plenty of questions and a series at stake for the visitors.
The teams travel to Dhaka and if the experience of the first Test is anything to go by, another spinning track should greet the hosts. West Indies, who did not inspire any confidence in India during the Test series, were brilliant in patches in Chittagong and Shannon Gabriel was the pick of the bowlers in the first innings where he troubled the hosts with pace, movement and accuracy.
For the hosts, Bangladesh will need to sort their issues in the batting department. Mominul Haque scored a century in the first innings and was the anchor of the innings, but then the side collapsed in the second innings and were put under pressure by the hosts. The batting order has to get the house in order and look to shun away the flamboyant strokes and dig to play some good old attritional cricket.
Imrul Kayes will miss the match and this only casts further apprehensions on the batting order. The top three spots are very volatile and vulnerable and this is where Bangladesh needs to find a solution. Soumya Sarkar might get another opportunity, but his rope is shortening rather fast. Shadman Islam might make his debut in the absence of Kayes.
Possible XI: Mustafizur Rahman (wk), Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Taijul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Nayeem Hasan, Shadman Islam
WEST INDIES PREVIEW
For West Indies, Shimron Hetmyer and Sunil Ambris showed sort of application and produced decent scores against Bangladesh in the first Test.However, against a Bangladesh side which is extremely potent at home and against their spinners, the visitors need to string together more than just sporadic moments of brilliance.
Shannon Gabriel won’t be a part of the eleven as he was slapped with a suspension for making deliberate physical contact.
Now the message is loud and clear, expect a similar surface in Dhaka and the onus now shifts to the West Indies spinners who were patchy at best in the first Test match. Both Warrican and Bishoo picked up wickets, but were never able to hunt in a pack and this never allowed any pressure to be exerted on the hosts. Clearly, they need to get their act together and take the lead in the bowling attack in conditions which should suit them.
Possible XI: Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kraigg Brathwaite(c), Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Kemar Roach, Kieran Powell, Shane Dowrich(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Jomel Warrican, Sunil Ambris
After the first Test, expect another slow, sluggish surface with plenty of assistance for the spin bowlers. However, the pitch might also turn out to be an absolute belter, it all depends on which way the curator wakes up in the morning of the match.
The Shere Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur has been happy hunting ground for Bangladesh. It generally provides assistance to the spinners. In the past, Bangladesh have beaten top sides like England and Australia at the venue.
Win the toss and bat first, there should be no clamor about it. The pitch and conditions will only get tougher for batting as the match progresses and the captain winning the toss would want to make use of the pitch when it is at its best.
Bangladesh appears to be overwhelming favorites if the conditions are taken into account. They have to guard against complacency, particularly with the bat and look to give their spinners a total to bowl at. West Indies have their task cut out and they need to be at their absolute best to challenge the hosts.
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