In the ODI series against Bangladesh, West Indies were devoid of experience from every front. As a result, they were beaten black and blue by a power-picked Tigers’ setup. Jason Mohammed and Co lost the three-match series 0-3. It’s time for Kraigg Brathwaite’s men to turn things around, this time in the whites.
The opening Test is set to get underway on Wednesday, January 3 in Chattogram. Brathwaite has to step up in the absence of their regular captain Jason Holder if West Indies have to make a comeback. In their last meeting at the very venue, Bangladesh won by 64 runs.
The visitors played a warm-up game at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram where their batters managed scores of 257 and 291. Their bowlers also did a decent job, bowling BCB XI for 160 runs in the first innings. As far as the hosts are concerned, to begin with, Mominul Haque and Co are the firm favorites.
Bangladesh are the only team, who are yet to open their account in the World Test Championship. A few points besides their name would give them some confidence. The track in Chattogram is expected to favor the batters in the first two days after which it might undergo some deterioration.
Playing Combinations for BAN vs WI
The Tigers are most likely to field four spinners with Mustafizur Rahman being the sole fast bowler. It means that Hasan Mahmud may have to wait to make his Test debut after foraying into ODI cricket. The home team may also give Najmul Hossain Shanto a chance to make some amends.
Shanto scored a T20 ton, but then he failed to make an impact in the ODI series. The focus will also be on Shakib Al Hasan, who made his way into the Test squad after recovering from a groin niggle. Yasir Ali Chowdhury may have to warm the bench after getting his maiden Test call-up for the hosts.
Tamim Iqbal, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das (WK), Mehidy Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Bench: Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Shadman Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Abu Jayed Rahi, Hasan Mahmud
Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite scored a patient 85 in the practice game and the right-hander is expected to lead the Caribbean team from the front. John Campbell also looked in good enough touch. Kyle Mayers played at a strike-rate in excess of 100 and a lot will depend on the all-rounder as well.
Mayers and Nkrumah Bonner are most likely to get their maiden Test caps bearing in mind that the track. Alzarri Joseph is the more experienced, but it might be tough to keep Raymon Reifer aside. Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel have been the fulcrum of their fast bowling department.
Kraigg Brathwaite (C), John Campbell, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Joshua Da Silva (WK), Kyle Mayers, Rahkeem Cornwall, Raymon Reifer/Alzarri Joseph, Jomel Warrican, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
Bench: Sheyne Moseley, Veerasammy Permaul
BAN vs WI Head-to-Head
Played – 16 | Bangladesh– 4 | West Indies – 10 | Draw- 2
Played – 8 | Bangladesh – 2 | West Indies – 5 | Draw- 1
Players to watch out for
Mehidy Hasan Miraz- Bangladesh
Mehidy Hasan Miraz has been a fulcrum of their spin attack, especially in home conditions. Though he numbers to envy at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, he’ll have to improve his numbers in Chattogram.
In five games, he has 19 wickets with one five-wicket haul. The visiting team needs to careful while facing him as he has the potential to wreck quite a bit of havoc.
Rahkeem Cornwall- West Indies
Rahkeem Cornwall has played three Tests and he already has one five-wicket haul and a 10-wicket haul to his name. In three Tests, the tweaker has 13 wickets at an economy rate of 2.98.
The fact that he has 310 first-class wickets speaks volumes about his ability. Even in the practice match, the 28-year-old churned out five wickets, conceding only 47 runs in the first innings.
BAN vs WI Broadcast details
Match Timings– 09:00 AM (IST), 09:30 AM (Local)
TV– Will be added when there’s an update.
Live Streaming– Fancode
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