Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction for Bangladesh v Windies 1st Test
Bangladesh saved themselves an embarrassment after leveling the two-match Test series against Zimbabwe, while Windies are coming off a 2-0 pasting at the hands of India.
With the conditions favouring spin, Windies lack depth to exploit the pitches and hence may find it difficult to come out victorious. That being said, they have a better overall head to head record in Tests against Bangladesh, having won 10 of the 14 matches played between the two teams.
A big negative for them though would be that skipper Jason Holder would not be able to feature in the series due to an injury. In the same breath, Shakib Al Hasan will be back for Bangladesh and be a huge boost for their chances in the series.
On paper, both teams look almost even. However, given that Bangladesh are playing the series at home, the scales tilt in their favour.
Mushfiqur Rahim is in red-hot form as he notched up a double century in the last Test. Mominul Haque too, looked impressive through his 161. Shakib Al Hasan will further provide a solid option in the middle order. He would also be assisted by Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan in an attempt to spin the Windies out of the series.
Kraigg Brathwaite , Kieran Powell and Shai Hope are the most competent Windies batsmen. Roston Chase has also been a rock in the lower order while Shimron Hetmyer has shown a lot of potential in the shorter formats but is still trying to find his feet in Tests.
Shannon Gabriel along with Devendra Bishoo, Jomel Warrican and Kemar Roach will form the Windies bowling line up.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Bangladesh- Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar/Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaled Ahmed
Windies- Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Kemar Roach, Devendra Bishoo, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Bangladesh
Head to Head – Tests 14, Bangladesh 2, Windies 10, Draw 2
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Imrul Kayes (Bangladesh), Kraigg Brathwaite (Windies)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mehidy Hasan (Bangladesh), Shannon Gabriel (Windies)
Most Fours – Imrul Kayes (Bangladesh), Kraigg Brathwaite (Windies)
Team Scores Batting First at the end of Day 1 –
Windies 230+ for 6, 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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