Windies vs Bangladesh: 2nd Test, Preview- Bangladesh in for some more chin-music in Jamaica
The Tigers, have much to think about ahead of the last match.
Updated - Jul 11, 2018 9:11 pm
The result of the first Test at the North Sound in Antigua was invariably decided in the pre-lunch session of Day 1 as Kemar Roach and the Windies shot Bangladesh out for a paltry 43 runs in 18.3 overs. Barring Liton Das, who scored 25 runs, none of their batsmen could reach double figures. The writing was on the wall and the home team completed their victory in a tad over two days.
Kraigg Brathwaite’s century coupled with some crucial knocks by the middle order batsmen piled on the visitors’ agony. While following on in the second innings, apart from Nurul Hasan’s gutsy half-century, none of Bangladesh’s batsmen could show some fight, and the team eventually succumbed to a defeat by an innings and 219 runs. The second Test will be played from tomorrow at the Sabina Park in Jamaica.
The Windies couldn’t complete a series win versus Sri Lanka and they will be keen to continue their domination on Shakib Al Hasan’s troops. The Tigers, on the contrary, have much to think about ahead of the last Test. Their batsmen couldn’t cope with the pace and venom of the Windies bowlers and will be in for another stern challenge in this match as well.
The Windies are unlikely to make any alteration barring Kemar Roach, who pulled his hamstring after bowling five overs on the first day of the previous Test. Alzarri Joseph should replace him. With Brathwaite, Devon Smith, Kieran Powell and Shai Hope in the ranks, the batting looks solid. The pace battery of Gabriel, Cummins, and Holder are expected to be the workhorses. Bishoo is the lone spinner.
Kraigg Brathwaite, Devon Smith, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (C), Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel
Bangladesh don’t have many alternatives and are likely to remain unchanged. The top order has Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das. The middle-order consisting of the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mahmudullah, couldn’t perform in Antigua and would like to make amends. Abu Jayed, Rubel Hossain, and Kamrul Islam are the pacers while Shakib, Mehidy Hasan, and Mahmudullah will shoulder the spin-bowling department.
Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nurul Hasan (wk), Kamrul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed
Players to watch out for
Devendra Bishoo- Windies
At a time when the fast-bowlers wreaked havoc, Bishoo bowled only five overs in which he couldn’t pick up any wicket. However, he did his job as the night-watchman and played out 79 balls after which Kamrul Islam dismissed him. In the second Test, it will be interesting to see how Jason Holder uses the leg-break bowler.
Tamim Iqbal- Bangladesh
Tamim is someone who likes to set the tone with his unflinching approach to batting. In Antigua, he became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score 4000 runs and the visitors will want their gun batsman to step up and get a couple of big scores under his belt. A solid knock from the left-hander may just inject confidence into the rest of the batting lineup.
Head to Head
Played – 13 | Windies – 9, Bangladesh – 2, Draw– 2
TV – Gazi TV (Bangladesh)
Live streaming– Sony LIV (India)
Match Timings: 20:30 IST, 15:00 GMT