Bangladesh will face off against the West Indies in the second Test match of West Indies tour of Bangladesh, 2021. The visitors pulled off a sensational win in the first match of the series. It is everything to fight for in this second match of the tournament. The latest cricket news gives updates on the fitness of both teams.
One name – Kyle Mayers – will keep Mominul Haque and company busy, as they prepare for the second test at Dhaka. Since live cricket has resumed, he has produced one of the best innings in Test cricket. Not counting Mayers’ double ton as the home team’s fault, the Bangladeshi players put on a decent show with both bat and ball. Mehidy Hasan, Mominul Haque and Liton Das put up beautiful displays with the bat as Shakib Al Hasan made noise with a half century in the first innings but will have to do more with the ball to come off as their all-round mainstay. Bangladesh’s bowling department mainly depends on the experience Hasan beings on his back. However, Taijul Islam was arguably the only other bowler who impressed as the likes of Mustafizur Rahman failed to live up to his reputation.
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Coming into the second test after a bitter loss, Mehidy Hasan can be the key for Bangladesh as the 23-year-old has been in tremendous form. However, the team will look at Shakib to turn a few things their way to manage a positive result.
Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Yasir Ali, Saif Hassan, Shadman Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain, Mominul Haque (c)
After keeping their backs at the wall for most of the Test match, West Indies – riding on Kyle Mayers’ double century – came punching on Day 5, to win and thus script an underdog story. However, leave the debutant’s knock to a side, the visitors didn’t look like a team that could win a match in Bangladesh. Their batsmen failed to convert good starts and half-centuries into big scores and if it had not been for the Bonner-Mayers effort, the match was far lost. Coming to the bowling, the team had to work hard for 150 overs in the first innings, Warrican the only shining spot. The second innings saw a better effort, the spinners – Warrican and Cornwall– leading the way.
Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Kavem Hodge, Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Sheyne Moseley, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kyle Mayers, Raymon Reifer, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican
Bangladesh and West Indies have faced each other 17 times in Test matches. Bangladesh have won four matches, the Windies have won 11 matches and two games have ended in draws.
Dhaka is generally a bowler friendly pitch and the spin heavy teams will fancy their chances to bowl on the fourth and fifth day – that means batting first. Given West Indies’ spirit coming into this match, they will still want the services of Kemar Roach and Gabriel to come of some use. The favorites for the second test match are still the hosts. Bangladesh not only look like a well-rounded team but understand the pitch much better than the Windies. When it comes to spinners, Haque surely has enough power to run through the opponents.
Date and Time:
February 11 2021 (Thursday)
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
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