The game will be played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Bangladesh have won three out of their last four Tests matches at this venue. The pitch will be conducive to spin and as Bangladesh spinners claimed all 20 wickets at Chittagong, something similar can be expected.
Bangladesh have rested the injured Imrul Kayes for this match. Uncapped player Shadman Islam has been added to the squad and will open the innings along with Soumya Sarkar in all likelihood.
Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim remain the most potent batmen while the addition of Shakib Al Hasan will bolster both their batting and bowling. Mehidy Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam and Shakib will form a formidable quartet.
Windies would count on their top three batsmen in Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell and Shai Hope. Shimron Hetmyer scored 63 in the last match and it would be interesting to see whether it his counter-attacking tactics work in Dhaka.
The Windies bowling will miss the services of Shannon Gabriel who has been suspended by the ICC for poor on field behaviour. Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach and Jomel Warrican will do the bulk of the bowling for the Windies.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Bangladesh- Shadman Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Windies- Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Shane Dowrich (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, Shermon Lewis
Who will win? – Bangladesh
Head to Head – Tests 15, Bangladesh 3, Windies 10, Draw 2
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Mominul Haque (Bangladesh), Kraigg Brathwaite (Windies)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mehidy Hasan (Bangladesh), Devendra Bishoo (Windies)
Most Fours – Mominul Haque (Bangladesh), Kraigg Brathwaite (Windies)
Team Scores Batting First at the end of Day 1 – Windies 230+ for 7, Bangladesh 250+ for 3
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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