About the Match
Bangladesh won their first ever test match against Australia in Dhaka and have a chance to register a clean sweep against the mighty Aussies. Finishing so agonizingly close to a hard fought win in the subcontinent would have taken its toll on Australia and it remains to be seen whether they can lift themselves up for the challenge at hand.
An absolute legendary performance by Shakib Al Hasan helped Bangladesh win one of the most exciting test matches in recent history. He was the one who scored runs in the first innings when Bangladesh was stuttering, he picked 10 wickets in the match and turned the match around when David Warner seemed to be running away with it, he was also the one constantly in the face of the Aussies and making sure his team believed it could win.
Of course, it was not all Shakib Al Hasan though as Tamim Iqbal, Mehedi Hasan and Taijul Islam played important roles throughout the match as well.
Tamim scored more runs in the match than any other batsman on both sides and looked to be the best equipped to handle this Aussie attack. It is clear that a few changes will be made to the side after the first test since the two fast bowlers that Bangladesh picked did absolutely nothing at all.
They bowled barely 20 overs between them in the entire match and did not pick a single wicket. Expect an additional batsman to beef up their batting for the second test.
Bangladesh has a lot of self-belief and will be entering the second test knowing that this Australian team is down on confidence and ripe for the picking. A 2-0 scoreline may have seemed unimaginable a few weeks ago but it is on the cards right now.
David Warner scored one of the best second inning hundreds in Asia in a long time and he himself rated it as his best ever century. The rest of the batting though made familiar mistakes and looks to have learned very little from their previous encounters in Asia.
Steve Smith, the same batsman who plundered 499 runs in India, was found out by the around the wicket line that the Bangladeshi bowlers used against him. He is too good a batsmen to not be able to adjust though and we expect him to score some runs in the second test.
Usman Khawaja looked the worst we have seen a batsman look against spin, while Mathew Wade must be counting his days in the side. Peter Handscomb could very well take the gloves and allow Australia to play the extra spinner, Steve O’Keefe. Hilton Cartwright is almost certain to take the place of the injured Hazelwood.
Winning the toss will be crucial for Australia because they need to be able to make the use of the conditions at their best to stand a chance. Maybe things would have been very different had they got the opportunity to bat first in the last test as well but that is how cricket works!
Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar will be the strike bowlers for Australia and Steve O’Keefe should add another potent weapon to Smith’s arsenal as well.
Australia can win the second test and equalize the series but everything will have to go right for them to do so. That is something that just does not seem to happen for them in Asia.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at Chittagong is going to be low, slow and take plenty of spin from the second day onwards. Traditionally this surface has been better to bat on than Dhaka but Bangladesh will want a helpful surface from their groundsman who is almost certain to oblige.
It is difficult to bet against Bangladesh at home at the moment.
Bangladesh to win