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Bangladesh vs West Indies 2nd Test Predictions and Match Preview
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Bangladesh vs West Indies 2nd Test Predictions and Match Preview

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11.02.2021, 09:30 IST
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

In the world of cricket, Bangladesh are anything but giants, but beating them at home hasn’t been easy for most teams in the last few years. When the West Indies came touring with an understrength team and lost 3 ODIs on the trot in miserable fashion, everyone expected them to fail the test of the Test series as well. Four days into the match, it looked exactly the same, but the heroics of two debutants saw the result of the match change direction. It was an emphatic and much-needed victory for the West Indies, and now they’ll look to win the series with either a draw or another win. Bangladesh on the other hand will be recovering from their shock and disappointment while also preparing to end the series on even grounds. Both teams badly need to win this for their own reasons, so there’s everything to play for as we head into the second Test. Before it begins, let’s take a look at the two teams.


Predicted XI

Mominul Haque (c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Taijul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shadman Islam, Abu Jayed, Nayeem Hasan.

Preview and form

Not to take anything away from the West Indies’ performance, but Bangladesh really should have gone on the aggressive a little earlier in their second innings, and finished off with a 400+ lead after some pinch-hitting instead of declaring. Granted, Shakib Al Hasan’s injury didn’t help, but they should have made the best of the hand they were dealt. For the second Test, they really should take a second fast bowler. The first innings was a solid foundation to build on, with Shadman Islam’s 59, Shakib Al Hasan’s 68, and Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s 103 helping Bangladesh get a solid 430. Their bowling was solid too, with the same Miraz picking up 4 wickets and Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, and Mustafizur Rahman all taking 2 each to give their team a lead of 171. 

Although their second innings started poorly, a brilliant century by Mominul Haque (115) and a 69 from Liton Das saw them get to 223 before they declared, setting the Windies a target of 395. However, despite a further 4 wickets and two more from Taijul, it wasn’t enough, and the Windies managed to win the match by 3 wickets with 15 deliveries left on the final day.

BAN Key players

  • Tamim Iqbal: With no Shakib, the onus now falls on Tamim to redeem himself after his failure in the first Test.

  • Mominul Haque: After a brilliant century, Mominul will be expected more from.

  • Mustafizur Rahman: Mustafizur was decent in the first match, but he should bowl more to hopefully pick up a few more wickets.

  • Mehidy Hasan Miraz: 8 wickets in a Test match is no small feat, and Miraz needs to bowl similarly well to help his team win the second Test.

West Indies

Predicted XI

Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jomel Warrican, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Nkrumah Bonner.

Preview and form

It’s not often that a team feels this kind of exhilaration or sense of success upon beating Bangladesh, but for a down-and-out West Indies, it’s everything. Bowling first, it was the 

Inexperienced Jomel Warrican who took 4 wickets to put the brakes on the Bangladeshi innings, while Rahkeem Cornwall took two more. Chasing 430 in the first innings, Kraigg Brathwaite’s 76, Kyle Mayers’ 40, Jermaine Blackwood’s 68, and Joshua Da Silva’s 42 were all decent, but nowhere near what was needed, and the team slumped for 259. 

Success with the ball continued for Warrican and Cornwall as the duo picked up 3 each, and Shannon Gabriel took two before Bangladesh declared for 223. Given a ridiculous 394 to hunt down, and 3 down at 59, it looked as though all would be over for the visitors, but a 216-run partnership between Nkrumah Bonner (86) and Kyle Mayers, who went on to score a match-winning 210*, helped the Carribean side win the match by 3 wickets.

WI Key players

  • Kyle Mayers: No question.

  • Jermaine Blackwood: Although he couldn’t do much in the second innings, Blackwood is a solid batsman who is as dependable as they come.

  • Jomel Warrican: After picking up 7 wickets in the previous match, Warrican will be instrumental to the visitors’ victory.

  • Rahkeem Cornwall: Big man Cornwall was excellent support for Warrican, and he needs to do just as much if not more.

Bangladesh vs West Indies weather conditions and pitch report

Barring some early morning dew, the conditions should be perfect for cricket. Pleasant temperatures, low humidity, and soft winds on all five days.

Like the pitch in Chattogram, Dhaka is a typical subcontinental pitch that offers plenty of turn, especially on the tail end of a Test match. That being said, it is much kinder on batsmen than the Chattogram pitch, so expect first innings totals of 450+ to be standard.

Can Bangladesh win this match to tie up the series? Or will the West Indies collect an important away whitewash? Find out if our Bangladesh vs West Indies 2nd Test prediction come true starting Thursday!

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BAN Top Batsman:
M Haque
WI Top Batsman:
K Mayers
BAN Top Bowler (Wickets):
M Miraz
WI Top Bowler (Wickets):
R Cornwall
Players to score a fifty:
M Haque/T Iqbal/M Rahim (BAN), K Mayers/J Blackwood/N Bonner (WI)
Players to score a century:
M Haque/T Iqbal (BAN), K Mayers/J Blackwood (WI)
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