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One team dominated the other for four days. With nearly 400 runs to defend, and with the opposition decimated by absenteeism, it looked like only one result was possible. Surely.
But, as has been the case in a superb 2021 so far for Test cricket, West Indies, courtesy of one of the all-time great debuts by Kyle Mayers, pulled out all the stocks to achieve a memorable victory. As a result, Kraigg Brathwaite’s men travel to Dhaka full of confidence, as their opponents also have to recover from the physical and mental scars of Chattogram.
So, how do Bangladesh bounce back from that? Especially without their main man, Shakib Al Hasan? Bangladesh’s spin-first (and often only) strategy is looking one-dimensional and limited, as Mominul tried to keep faith in three finger spinners and a solitary seamer in the absence of Shakib on the final day at Chattogram. Questions continue to arise about Bangladesh’s ability to win on pitches that don’t spin miles, and that notion will be put to the test in a game they must win to avoid a harrowing series defeat.
Key Players to Watch/Key Stats
- On most occasions, if you score a century and take eight wickets, you win player-of-the-match. That wasn’t the case for Mehidy Hasan Miraz, but he had a superb first Test nonetheless (103, 4/58, 7, 4/113).
- After Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim has the next-most runs at Shere Bangla Stadium in Tests (1,181, avg. 42.17). Mushfiq made two starts in the first Test (38 and 18), so he’ll want to build on those.
- Can Tamim Iqbal bounce back after a poor first Test? He will be looking to improve on a career batting average of 34.50 vs West Indies.
- Mominul Haque is coming off another home century. In fact, Mominul became the first Bangladeshi batsman to make 10 Test centuries. Also, he averages 51.75 in 10 Tests on this ground and 58 overall at home. Key player.
- Liton Das looked in good touch in the first Test. He scored 38 and 69.
- Taijul Islam enjoys bowling on this ground. He has 44 wickets to his name in eight Tests at an average of 24.02.
- All eyes will be on Kyle Mayers. Heading into his Test debut with a First Class average of just 28, Mayers defied belief, scoring an unbelievable 210* to lead West Indies to one of their greatest wins.
- Nkrumah Bonner was also a big positive for West Indies. He scored a patient 86 in the record-breaking run-chase.
- Kraigg Brathwaite, who averaged just 13 in Bangladesh before the first Test, struck 76 and 20 in Chattogram. Overall, he averages 47.75 in nine Tests vs the Tigers, and the Windies will need him to perform.
- Jomel Warrican has taken 15 wickets in three Tests in Bangladesh at an average of 25.73. He bowled nicely in the first Test of this series, taking a total of seven wickets.
- What impact will Rakheem Cornwall have on what is expected to be a turning pitch? He took just two wickets in the Chattogram Test, but remains a key player for the Windies.
Stats and Facts
- Mehidy Hasan Miraz was player of the match vs West Indies on this ground in 2018. He took incredible match figures of 12/117.
- West Indies’ run-chase of 395 in the first Test was the highest-ever successful run chase in Asia.
- Mayers and Bonner’s 216-run partnership in Chattogram was the highest partnership by a debut pair in 57 years.
Possible Playing 11
Shakib Al Hasan is out of the Test with a thigh injury, which is a blow. Bangladesh could use this opportunity to bring in another specialist seamer to support Mustafizur Rahman, as Soumya Sarkar could come in for the also injured Shadman Islam.
Bangladesh: 1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Soumya Sarkar, 3. Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4. Mominul Haque (c), 5. Mushfiqur Rahim, 6. Liton Das (wk), 7. Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8. Nayeem Hasan, 9. Taijul Islam, 10. Mustafizur Rahman, 11. Abu Jayed
Barring injury, West Indies might look to stick with the same team that pulled off a stunning win.
West Indies: 1. Kraigg Brathwaite (c), 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
Shere Bangla National Stadium Dhaka Pitch Report and Weather
The SBNS has supported spinners quite nicely over the past five years. After the first innings, the ball begins to take quite a bit of turn, making batting difficult for the rest of the match. The average first innings score in the past five years is 332, with five out of six teams winning the match after batting first.
Warm conditions in the 30-degree region is forecast throughout the Test. Also, the players may have to deal with hazy conditions and poor air quality, according to the forecast.
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After what happened in the first Test, who can be confident in making a prediction? West Indies, after such a great win, will have their tails up. Bangladesh, who are without their linchpin Shakib, need to bat first to stand the best chance.
If they are forced to bowl first, it’s hard to see Bangladesh winning. An interesting game awaits.
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