Bangladesh vs West Indies 2nd Test Preview: Wounded and Shakib-less, Tigers prepare to pounce on reinvigorated visitors
Bangladesh were right on top for 80% of the first test match but the inability of their bowlers to bowl out West Indies on a wearing day 5 pitch is what cost them the test match.
Records tumble as Kyle Mayers does the improbable
With West Indies set a target of 395 on a wearing pitch at Chattogram in the first test match, not many expected that the visitors would go on to win by 3 wickets. Bangladesh were in complete control of the match after having scored 430 in the first innings and bowled out West Indies for just 259. Right arm medium pacer and left hand batsman batting all-rounder Kyle Mayers though had other plans.
With West Indies struggling at 159/3, Mayers took the crease and just focused on playing out the first session of the last day alongside Nkrumah Bonner. The two looked a bit at sea against the spinners to begin with but as time went on, the duo settled in their role and began to accelerate.
Mayers, who was sensational with his six hitting and brought up milestones with maximums, remained unbeaten on 210 off 310 balls. Mayers struck 20 fours and 7 sixes in his knock while batting at a strike rate of over 67. He stunned the opponents by doing so and became the fifth highest scorer on test debut in a list lead by Tip Foster who scored 287 in his debut match.
Mayers also became only the sixth batsman to score a double century in the 4th innings. G Headley, N Astle, S Gavaskar, B Edrich and G Greenidge are the only other five batsmen to do so.
Mayers' blitz helped West Indies chase down 395 in the last innings. This is the fifth highest successful chase in the history of test cricket in Asia. Sri Lanka's chase of 388 against Zimbabwe at Colombo in 2017 was the highest in Asia till now. Windies have now overtaken the record with a successful chase of 395.
Bangladesh give away advantage
Bangladesh were in the driver's seat for most of the match. After winning the toss and batting first, Shadman Islam struck 59 and Shakib Al Hasan made 68 but the most important contribution came from all-rounder Mehidy Hasan who struck 103 off 168 balls, batting at number 8.
Jomel Warrican was the most successful bowler for West Indies and picked up 4/85, bowling at an economy rate of 2.0. In reply, West Indies did not start well and were down to 75/3. Kraigg Brathwaite made 76 but could not convert it into a big one.
Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood and Joshua Da Silva scored 40, 68 and 42 respectively in the first innings but could not capitalise. As a result, the team was bowled out for 259, courtesy of 4 wickets from Hasan.
Bangladesh declared for 223/8 in the second innings after 115 from skipper Mominul Haque and 69 from wicket keeper Liton Das. At 159/3, no one expected West Indies to chase down the target but it was Kyle Mayers' partnership with Nkrumah Bonner which made the impossible possible.
Bangladesh have to re-piece bowling attack
Bangladesh bowlers toiled hard on the last day and created a few chances but were not able to convert them. It did not help that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan suffered a thigh injury and could not bowl. Mustafizur Rahman got two wickets in the first innings but was completely ineffective in the second dig and conceded runs at 5.50.
This left Bangladesh with three spinners who did the lion's share of bowling but could not be as penetrative as the team would have liked them to be.
Shakib unfit, Mustafizur ineffective
Bangladesh will have to make a couple of changes in the next match. They are likely to bring in Abu Jayed in place of the off-colour Mustafizur Rahman. Shakib Al Hasan is out injured and Bangladesh do not have a like for like replacement. Pace bowler Ebadat Hossain is expected to make the XI.
Here's the squads of both teams:
Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (wk), Mehidy Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain
West Indies - Kraigg Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Sheyne Moseley, Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Kyle Mayers, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jomel Warrican, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
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