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Dejected Bangladesh look to bring back parity

  • Published at 11:49 am February 10th, 2021
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo (L) makes a point to Bangladesh Test team captain Mominul Haque during practice session at SBNS on Wednesday Photo: BCB

Bangladesh in the crucial tie will miss out on key all-rounder Shakib al Hasan and opener Shadman Islam to injuries. The duo picked injuries in the previous game and has put the selection panel in a fix

Bangladesh will be desperate to save the reputation at stake when they take on visitors West Indies in the second and the final Test match of the series beginning at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday.

Hosts Bangladesh had stepped into the series as the favorites but as it happened the Windies are leading by 1-0 in the series, courtesy to a historic win of the visitors, orchestrated by debutant Kyle Mayers and his fellow debutant Nkrumah Bonner as second fiddle. The duo batted over two sessions on the final day in the first Test at Chittagong, where Mayers scored an incredible double ton, to chase down the highest score in fourth innings on Asian soil.  

Bangladesh in the crucial tie will miss out on key all-rounder Shakib al Hasan and opener Shadman Islam to injuries. The duo picked injuries in the previous game and has put the selection panel in a fix. Shakib had come into the series finishing as the Man of the Series in the ODI competition against the same opponents while Shadman looked to be in touch scoring a 59 in the first innings in Chittagong. 

The Bangladesh think-tank included top order batsman Soumya Sarkar in the fold, following PCR test and a few days of isolation. The left-handed batsman are in the likes of getting included in the XI in place of Shadman but it will be tricky as always to find the replacement of Shakib who serves both with the bat and the ball.

Mirpur conventionally serves the spinners more and Bangladesh will look to venture their strongest suit. There can be an inclusion of the second pacer to add support to Mustafizur Rahman but the spin trio in Mehedi Hasan, Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan will have to get to their tempo right. Mehedi had performed the best for the home side as he picked eight wickets in the first Test while Taijul and Nayeem will be expected to contribute more.

“The bowling combination will depend more on the condition we will have before the start of the game. We will play spinners more in the eleven if we feel the wicket is not going to serve the pacers,” said Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque to the media at SBNS yesterday.

West Indies are the inexperienced side in papers but their effort from the last game will surely have the side boosted and look for a series sweep. Mayers’s record 210 not out on debut had made many records while Bonner’s vital 86 greatly complemented the cause. The side knows well that the win had not come easy as they were dominated in most of the first four-days of the play. Windies will look to work harder in the second Test, grab the series sweep in offer and travel home with pride despite being considered a ‘second string unit’ when their big name players pulled out from the series citing mostly Covid-19 concerns.  

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