With top flight teams busy with test cricket elsewhere, a series that did not attract much attention initially is gradually making the headlines. Bangladesh’s two-test series against West Indies moves to its final test match starting in Khulna from Wednesday.
West Indies are looking to wrap up the series with another win while Bangladesh will be keen to take the extra step to get them over the winning line.
The first test match ended in a 77-run win for the visitors after an intriguing action-packed final day. Bangladesh will take a lot of heart from the fight they put in, though with a decade already in test cricket, the team is expected to cross the victory line in such circumstances.
Bangladesh batsmen put up a remarkable show in the first innings with Naeem Islam’s maiden ton. In addition, Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain will once again have plenty of expectations attached to them after narrowly missing out on their respective centuries.
In terms of the team, opener Junaid Siddique is likely to be replaced by Nazimuddin. There is also an injury cloud over Tamim Iqbal and therefore Anamul Haque has been called in to the squad as cover.
West Indies did not expect to be as thoroughly tested, especially after amassing 527 in the first innings but will be delighted with their fight.
Tino Best’s five-wicket haul paved the way for the win on the final day but the team needs to lift its game overall as they aim to climb up the ICC rankings.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s double-century together with Kieran Powell and Denesh Ramdin’s centuries provide enough belief in the team’s batting abilities but it will be the bowlers who will need to improve their show.
The match will be played at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna as the ground makes it test debut.