Bangladesh will begin a difficult tour against the West Indies in the first Test match of a two-match series at the Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua. The visitors arrive here after a series loss to Sri Lanka at home and will look to rebound with a strong performance. West Indies won their last series against England at home, which should boost their confidence.
Bangladesh has a poor record against the West Indies on their home turf. They have only played two Tests and have generally struggled on the road. Their batsmen are likely to struggle, and the fragile middle-order will need to put on a strong performance. The hosts have a number of young players for this series, which should make this game interesting.
The 1st Test between West Indies vs Bangladesh will take place on June 16th, 2022 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound in Antigua.
Match Details to Note
Match: West Indies vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Bangladesh Tour of West Indies 2022
Date: June 16, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
West Indies vs Bangladesh Team Previews
Kraigg Brathwaite will be optimistic about his team’s chances in this game. They’ve done well at home in recent years, and a series win over England a few months ago should boost their confidence. Brathwaite will be expecting a strong performance from his batsmen, as the Bangladeshi attack can catch any opponent off guard. They will try to play their natural game and gain an early advantage in the series.
Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell had performed admirably as a pair against England, and they will look to get the game off to a strong start. Nkrumah Bonner has performed admirably over the last 12 months and has established himself as the team’s backbone. He bolsters the middle order with Jermaine Blackwood and Kyle Mayers. In this game, they can also expect runs from Joshua Da Silva and Raymon Reifer.
As the Bangladeshi top order is likely to struggle in these conditions, Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph will need to strike early in this game. Anderson Phillip is expected to make his debut in this game, and he and Raymon Reifer will look to bowl good lines. Gudakesh Motie is the team’s lone spinner and will hope to capitalize on the slow conditions.
West Indies Squad
Kraigg Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Raymon Reifer, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Anderson Phillip, Devon Thomas
Predicted XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Anderson Phillip, Raymon Reifer, Jayden Seales
Shakib Al Hasan takes over as captain for the third time in his career after Mominul Haque stepped down following the series loss to Sri Lanka at home. It will be a significant challenge for the team, as they have only won one Test match in the West Indies in the past. Because their bowling attack isn’t in top form, Shakib will need to lead from the front if his team is to win this game.
Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudul Hasan Joy scored runs against Sri Lanka and would have to see off the new ball in this game. Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mominul Haque had a poor series, and they must perform well in the middle order given the track’s difficulty in batting. The lower middle order is experienced, and the trio of Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, and Shakib Al Hasan will play an important role in this game.
Their bowlers would have to make the most of the conditions, with Mustafizur Rahman and Ebadot Hossain expected to take early wickets. In order to put the hosts under pressure, they will need to take early wickets. Khaleel Ahmed did not perform well against Sri Lanka, and a lot was expected of him. Shakib and Taijul Islam are skilled spinners who will enjoy bowling on a slow track.
Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Das, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehdi Hassan, Rejaur Rahman Raja
Predicted XI: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mominul Haque Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mustafizur Rahman, Liton Das (wk), Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadot Hossain, Khaleel Ahmed
West Indies vs Bangladesh Toss Prediction
This pitch is known for becoming more difficult to bat on as the game progresses, and batsmen struggle to bat here on Days 4 and 5. At the toss, both captains should keep this in mind, and the captain who wins the toss should have no hesitation in opting to bat first in the game.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The slow surface of Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua, presents a challenge to the batsmen. Before playing their strokes on this surface, batsmen must become accustomed to the pace of the surface. The new ball provides some assistance to fast bowlers. The surface’s slowness makes it an ideal hunting ground for spinners.
All days of the game beginning June 16 would have partly cloudy skies over Antigua. We anticipate a good batting surface for the first two days of the game, with the surface crumbling and assisting spinners as the game progresses. The average first-inning score here is 287 runs, and the team batting first would be content with 400 runs.
West Indies vs Bangladesh Match Prediction
Bangladesh will face a difficult challenge in this game. They come in with a series loss and a history of struggles away from home. Going into this game, the fast-bowling attack does not inspire much confidence. The performance of their middle order will be critical if they are to win this game. The West Indies are playing at home and are familiar with the conditions. They have a stronger fast bowling attack, making them the favorite to win this game.
West Indies is the favourite to beat Bangladesh at the odds of 1.62.
- West Indies has won four of the last five Tests at home against Bangladesh.
- The West Indies have only lost twice at the Vivian Richards Stadium and have a strong record here.
- Bangladesh’s middle order has been out of form for some time, posing a challenge for the team.