Bangladesh Vs. West Indies 2nd Test Preview

Key players missing the tour, steamrolled in the ODIs, playing in alien conditions, and still, West Indies pulled off a magnificent win.

Facing a target of 395, West Indies turned the tables thanks to a pair of debutants with Kyle Mayers and Bonner 210, and 86 respectively.

The pair played on a final day pitch and kept West Indies in the hunt before a final push took them over the line.

Along with the performance of the two debutants, West Indies benefitted from Shannon Gabriel’s display.

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The pacer shook things up with his pace, despite the slowness of the pitch.

The win was a hard-fought one, and West Indies now find themselves in the touching distance of a rare series win in Asia.

In front of the West Indies, Bangladesh was on the receiving end of a fantastic Test.

Bangladesh now moves into the second Test in a position they thought they wouldn’t be in.

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The bowlers toiled hard in the second innings to create any means of chances.

The players took a lot of mental stress throughout the final day, and Bangladesh will now be without Shakib Al Hasan.

A thigh injury prevented the all-rounder from taking the field and left Bangladesh a bowler short on the final day.

Making his comeback to Test Cricket, Shakib Al Hasan put up a decent show with 68 in the first innings.

His absence affects the balance, as Bangladesh now loses a spinner and a middle-order batsman.

Along with Shakib Al Hasan, Shadman Islam will miss the second Test.

The opening batsman injured his hip while fielding in the first Test and has not recovered.

There hasn’t been a replacement for Shadman Islam, while Soumya Sarkar comes in for Shakib Al Hasan.

Soumya Sarkar is currently in isolation and will join the side ahead of the Test.

With Shakib injured, the selection will be an issue, as Bangladesh look at their spin combination.

The side will hope the spinners find their rhythm in Dhaka, as they have employed a spin-friendly strategy, which hasn’t worked as they would like.

The Dhaka pitch is likely to assist spinners, adding more questions to the selection process.

Key Players:

Kyle Mayers:

After a double century on debut, playing on a tough pitch, and under high pressure, Kyle Mayers will be seen as a critical player.

The debutant has shown he has the potential and skill to succeed in the most extended format, and West Indies will hope his exploits are not a one time show.

Mehidy Hasan:

After some inconsistent performances, Mehidy Hasan has proved his worth in the first Test.

Hasan made a beautiful century in the first innings to help Bangladesh go past 400.

His innings was a boost to the total in Chattogram, and he followed his innings with a good spell of bowling.

Hasan took eight wickets in the Test and looked comfortable.

With Shakib Al Hasan missing, Hasan may have to step up again and fill the shoes of a great all-rounder.

Team News:

With Shakib Al Hasan injured, the team’s balance may be affected, as Bangladesh looks for a spinner and a frontline batsman to come in his place.

Bangladesh has Soumya Sarkar in the wings, and he is likely to slot in at the top-order.

Possible XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Monimul Haque ( c ), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (WK), Mehidy Hasan, Nayeem Husain, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed.

West Indies may remain unchanged unless some last-minute injuries could influence the team selection:

West Indies (likely): 1 Kraigg Brathwaite (capt), 2 John Campbell, 3 Shayne Moseley, 4 Nkrumah Bonner, 5 Kyle Mayers, 6 Jermaine Blackwood, 7 Joshua Da Silva (wk), 8 Rahkeem Cornwall, 9 Jomel Warrican, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Shannon Gabriel.

Pitch Report: 

Dhaka has historically been helpful for the spinners and may assist spin more than what was on offer in Chattogram.

Batting first has provided sides a significant advantage, with the average first innings score above 330.

Sanjay Sanapoori

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