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|Shakib Al Hasan||14.0||3||65||1||4.64|
|Shakib Al Hasan||80||139||6||0||57.55|
|Shakib Al Hasan||15.4||4||27||3||1.72|
With two wins in their last two matches, the confidence will be oozing out of Bangladesh. They first leveled the series against Zimbabwe after being down and out and then went on to avenge their July defeat by beating West Indies in the opening match of 2-match Test series. Once again, they'll be up against talented West Indies' side who will be hungry to bounce back into the series with a win here. West Indies had their moments of brilliance in the first test and they'll need more of those to get level in the series.
After conceding an important lead in the first innings, the way tourists bounced back by knocking Bangladesh cheaply in the third innings was certainly commendable. However, we saw an even poorer performance from their batsmen in the fourth innings which led to a humiliating loss for them.
The most surprising thing about their second innings performance was the batting effort by Jomel Warrican who happened to be the second highest scorer for the side with a well-made 41. Barring his effort and Ambris' who scored 43, no one else was able to even look like competing with the Bangladeshi bowlers.
Unlike their batting, West Indies' bowlers fared a lot better as they kept Bangladesh to reasonable totals on both occasions. Shannon Gabriel and Jomel Warrican were the picks of the bowlers in the first innings whereas the second innings was dominated by the spinners where Devendra Bishoo and Roston Chase completely dismantled Bangladesh's lineup. If their batsmen are able to step up their performance, it's going to be a tight encounter.
Soumya Sarkar, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Naeem Hasan.
Bangladesh had a memorable performance at Chittagong where almost everyone contributed with small yet useful contributions on a surface which wasn't particularly easy to bat on. Mominul Haque's century was the key takeaway from that game as no other batsman was able to cross even the fifty-run mark.
The second-highest scorer of the match, Imrul Kayes, is likely to miss the second match for and his absence is already being seen as one of the major setbacks for the hosts. The batting of Bangladesh failed miserably in the second innings where none of their batsmen could play an innings of substance.
While it was the batting which propelled Bangladesh into the driver's seat in the first innings, their bowling worked wonders in defending a small total. Shakib Al Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, and Taijul Islam were the pick of their bowlers as they returned with the match figures of 5 for 61, 3 for 43, and 6 for 33 to tear down Windies' batting lineup. The three spinners will once again be vital for the Bangladeshi's fortunes and if they can put up something similar to the first match, it's going to be hard at Dhaka's surface for the touring side.
Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, SW Ambris, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Shane Dowrich, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, JA warrican, Sherman Lewis.
The surface is likely to break towards the end of the innings which will tempt the captain winning the toss to bat first
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The surface at Dhaka isn't going to be too different as compared to that of Chittagong. Warm weather and the dry surface will assist spinners and batting in the first two days will be the best time. Anything over 350 on this surface could be a match-winning first innings score.
Bangladesh have clearly stepped up their game since their surprising loss to Zimbabwe not long ago. Their batsmen have taken bottom-line responsibility since then and the addition of Shakib Al Hasan has added to the experience. West Indies, on the other hand, have gone only one way since their win against Bangladesh in July - downhill. Considering recent results and form, Bangladesh are clear favorites to win the match and consequently the series.
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