After the primary Test in Antigua ended a few hours earlier than the Brazil-Belgium World Cup quarter-final final week, there was some mock appreciation from Bangladeshi followers; a minimum of their cricket workforce did not conflict with the soccer. Some even instructed that if the second Test ends by the fourth afternoon, they may all watch the World Cup ultimate – on July 15 – uninterrupted.
It is an expression of disappointment after the dismal efficiency in Antigua. They did not simply get bowled out for 43 within the first innings, Bangladesh barely improved upon it within the second, and to high it off, they bowled poorly, too.
West Indies, alternatively, had the right sport in Antigua. Kemar Roach burst by way of the Bangladesh high order earlier than Jason Holder and Miguel Cummins cleaned up the decrease order in solely 18.four overs. It was extra of the identical within the second innings, the place Shannon Gabriel took a five-wicket haul, with Cummins and Holder claiming the opposite 5.
On the batting entrance, Kraigg Brathwaite prospered with a seventh Test century. Contributions from Devon Smith, Kieran Powell and Shai Hope gave them a 400-plus complete, which was 9 occasions greater than Bangladesh’s first-innings 43. West Indies additionally caught very nicely, not permitting Bangladesh any second possibilities.
Only Nurul Hasan obtained out of Antigua with any semblance of respect thanks to his counter-attacking 64 off 74 balls. It is probably going that the workforce administration will now add an eighth batsman, a normal measure that they have an inclination to take after a very heavy defeat.
It would imply they’d go into the sport with one fewer bowler, which might additional burden Shakib Al Hasan’s all-round duties. Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Abu Jayed and Kamrul Islam Rabbi bowled nicely in patches however Rubel Hossain’s ever-increasing bowling common reveals he is probably not lower out for Test cricket.
The onus is on the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah to bail them out. But it will not be a simple activity in opposition to an in-form West Indies aspect.
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In the highlight
After Bangladesh had been bowled out for simply 43, Kraigg Brathwaite confirmed precisely how to bat in Antigua. He struck a century after virtually 12 months, the seventh in his profession, and can as soon as once more check Bangladesh’s persistence.
Nurul Hasan‘s inclusion because the specialist wicketkeeper was a shock, however he made certain it will be laborious to drop him, with a gritty half-century within the second innings. Tamim stated that Nurul’s innings was an inspiration for the remainder of the batting line-up, however can the rookie step up additional?
Alzarri Joseph is probably going to exchange Kemar Roach forward of Keemo Paul. Shimron Hetmyer may have to await his probability, with West Indies seemingly to stick to the mixture that inflicted an innings defeat on the guests.
West Indies (possible): 1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 Devon Smith, three Kieran Powell, four Shai Hope, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Shane Dowrich (wk), 7 Jason Holder (capt), eight Devendra Bishoo, 9 Miguel Cummins, 10 Shannon Gabriel, 11 Alzarri Joseph
After a poor batting efficiency, the Bangladesh administration normally picks an additional batsman within the following sport for injury management. If that is what occurs in Jamaica, both Imrul Kayes or Nazmul Hossain Shanto could be the eighth batsman.
Bangladesh (possible): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Liton Das, three Mominul Haque, four Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Nurul Hasan, eight Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Rubel Hossain, 10 Abu Jayed, 11 Kamrul Islam Rabbi
Pitch and situations
On the eve of the match, Shakib Al Hasan stated there could be “little more consistent pace and bounce than in Antigua” and he anticipated a “true wicket”. There’s a forecast of a light-weight bathe in Kingston early on the primary day, nevertheless it’s clear skies for the remainder of the sport.
Stats and trivia
Mushfiqur Rahim will grow to be Bangladesh’s most capped Test participant as he’s set to overtake Mohammad Ashraful’s 61 matches. Since 2007, Mushfiqur has missed just one Test.
Shakib Al Hasan has probably the most wickets (31) in Bangladesh-West Indies Tests. Roach’s burst in Antigua took his tally to 30 however his absence means Shakib can prolong his lead.
“It is obviously a very important game for us. It is important how we start the game, whether we bowl or bat first. We need to start well regardless. We have to win every session and only by doing that we can win the match.”
Shakib Al Hasan is evident about what his workforce wants to do