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Tigers eye comeback in second Test

  • Published at 05:14 pm July 11th, 2018
  • Last updated at 06:46 pm July 11th, 2018
West Indies' Alzarri Joseph bowls during training in the Caribbean Tuesday Windies

Bangladesh will be looking to bury the disastrous memories of the first Test debacle against the West Indies when the two teams face each other in the second and final Test match in Jamaica, starting Thursday. To add to that, the Tigers will also be desperate to avoid a whitewash in the longer format of the game. The Tigers suffered a horrific batting collapse in the first Test.

Asked to bat first, Bangladesh were skittled out for just 43 runs in the first innings, their lowest ever Test total. The Tigers also struggled in the second innings before eventually managing 144 all out, thus going down to an innings and 219-run defeat.

The Windies’ Kemar Roach was the wrecker in chief against Bangladesh. The right-arm speedster registered a five-for in just five overs in the first innings before walking off the field with a hamstring strain. The visiting side will be relieved to see the back of the Windies pacer, who has been ruled out of the second Test. 

With that said, the Windies can still count on the services of Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph, who has replaced Roach. Joseph last played a Test in August last year and recently returned to action after recovering from stress fracture. The right-arm pacer featured for Cricket West Indies President’s XI against Bangladesh in the lone two-day practice match and impressed with bowling figure of 4/53 in 15 overs. He removed Liton Das, Mominul Haque, Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Shakib al Hasan.

History shows the Asian teams generally tend to struggle in seaming conditions but that should not justify Bangladesh batsmen’s performance in the first Test. Bangladesh Test captain Shakib al Hasan and newly appointed head coach Steve Rhodes have a tough task in their hands motivating the Tigers cricketers after the first Test display. The Tigers batsmen will be looking to give a much better account of themselves after the Windies earned their biggest win at home in the first Test.

The Bangladesh batters’ debacle was followed by the bowlers’ inability to perform in accordance with the plans, despite the surface offering a lot of purchase for the seamers. According to reports, Steve had called BCB president Nazmul Hasan to convey what had gone wrong and given the nature of the board, there surely must have been teleconferences between the key players and the board.

The Test gets underway at 8pm and Gazi TV and Channel TV will telecast it live.

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