Bangladesh will confront Windies today (Friday) in the second and final Test match of the series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. The match is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am.
After securing an emphatic victory of 64 runs in the first Test, the Bengal Tigers will look to roar once again and win the series. Bangladesh have won only one Test series in home soil, that to against Zimbabwe back in 2015. If Tigers can win a Test series by beating a higher ranked team (Windies), it will be a remarkable achievement.
Zahur Ahmed Stadium’s pitch in Chattogram was spin-friendly. Spinners of both sides dominated against batsmen. Dhaka pitch is likely to be spin-friendly as well but there will be something for the batsmen.
Windies were shellacked in Chattogram, where 40 wickets fell inside seven-and-a-half sessions. Teenage debutant Nayeem Hasan became the youngest bowler ever to start his career with five wickets in an innings. Taijul was the pick of the bowlers in both innings, but it was his 6 for 33 in the decisive fourth innings that made the big difference. Shakib was at his accurate best, teasing and dragging batsmen out of their crease or getting them to go back to full balls with his variations in flight. They will hope to prolong their good form in this match as well.
Bangladesh’s main problem in Test matches has been batting. Batsmen need to bat more sensibly and maturely of they want to perform well. Senior batsmen like Shakib, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah along with juniors should step up and bat well. Bangladesh were bundled out for 125 in the second innings of first Test against Windies. Batsmen gave their wickets away in cheap manner. Player’s temperament to bat in Test matches need to improve.
Meanwhile, Imrul Kayes is ruled out due to injury, therefore left handed batsman Shadman Islam is set for his debut and takes Imrul’s slot. He will be looking to impress the selectors. He will open the innings with Soumya Sarkar. Mushfiqur Rahim bruised a finger during indoor training on Wednesday and was rested on Thursday, but is expected to play. The selectors have called up wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das as cover.
On the other hand, Windies are without Shannon Gabriel, who was handed a one-match suspension by the ICC during the Chattogram Test, which deprives them of their leading Test wicket-taker this year. One of Keemo Paul and Shermon Lewis will fill the void. The opener Kieran Powell made 14 and a golden duck in Chattogram, but without any other opening options he looks likely to continue.