Bangladesh vs. West Indies 2021
2nd Test – Thu, 11th February
The Tough Tourists:
In Spite Of missing a few main-team players, the West Windies, fuelled by debutant Kyle Mayers, leaped a shocker on the hosts by hauling off the unlikeliest run chase in Asia. The tourist West Indies always indicated their frantic fight in the Chattogram Test.
The brawny all-rounder notched a fascinating unbeaten double hundred to assist the West Indies hunt down a 395-run total to take an undeniable lead in the series. With a decent bowling attack accompanied by a talented batting roster, the visitors will fancy their prospects of winning the series.
Rahkeem Cornwall was efficient in his role as a bowler and Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, astonished with his bowling concerts in both the innings. Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite completed the vital knock of 76 runs while their other top-order batters swiftly returned to the dugout.
Possible playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (C), John Campbell, Joshua da Silva (WK), Jermaine Blackwood, Jomel Warrican, Rakheem Cornwall, Kyle Mayers, Sheyne Moseley, Nkrumah Bonner, Kemar Roach, and Shannon Gabriel.
Bangla Deserve Better:
Bangladesh will look to get back at winning ways against but will have to do so devoid of star player Shakib Al Hasan. The all-rounder wounded himself during the first Test, which now intensifies more onus on captain Mominul Haque and Tamim Iqbal’s shoulders to come to the forefront.
Bangladesh opening batter Shadman Islam has been ruled out due to injury. Soumya Sarkar substituted Shakib in the roster and joined the side on Wednesday. Hosts Bangladesh were primarily in command in all the first four days of that game, but eventually, the visitors surprised the cricket world on the last day and seized one of the most tremendous success.
Possible playing XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mohammad Mithun/Ebadot Hossain, Mominul Haque (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (WK), Mehidy Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, and Mustafizur Rahman.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The second and final Test between West Indies and Bangladesh starts on Thursday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
Spin bowlers will be vital at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, as there is a copious amount of turn on offer on subcontinent wickets.
While there will be a little swing to work with for the speedsters, the ball should turn enormously from the third day. Batters will need to spend their time in the middle before raising the ante, and neither team is to be expected to fancy a fourth-innings chase.
There is no rain prediction for this Test, which should overlay the way for an engaging duel between the two sides.
Forlorn West Indies:
Although the West Windies have an impetus on their side, Bangladesh is the superior side on paper and are the picks for this game. Even the sportsbooks rate the Bangladeshis as far superior to the visitors. The Bangla tigers have odds of 1.44, whereas the Caribbean are at 4.65 for a win.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who scored a mammoth century and took two four-fers, and second-innings centurion skipper Mominul Haque saw their endeavours go in vain. This will be the driving force for the hosts to want more.
Nevertheless, contemplating how the first Test berated out, an entertaining game of Test cricket could summon at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.