Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh aim to bounce back in second West Indies Test

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After a disappointing performance with the bat in Antigua, Bangladesh will look to improve with the bat in Saint Lucia.

Bangladesh are currently languishing at the bottom of the ICC World Test Championship standings with a point percentage of 14.81, and are in dire need of a win to boost their confidence. 

The Tigers' batting has been a cause of worry. In the last nine matches, they have lost two games by an innings, and two more by a margin of 220 or more. 

Newly-appointed skipper Shakib Al Hasan has been very vocal in the criticism of his batters and has rallied his troops to put up a better showing going into the second Test in Saint Lucia.

However, West Indies – a side known for their limited-overs exploits – have been in great form in red-ball cricket lately. They are unbeaten in their last four Test matches and have a win each against England and Bangladesh. 

Currently placed sixth in the ICC World Test Championship, a win in the second Test will see them breathing down the necks of Pakistan at fifth. 

While the batters have shown marked improvement in recent times, it is their bowling that has been firing on all cylinders. Speedster Kemar Roach has been the leader of the attack, with 45 wickets in 12 matches since the start of 2021.

The veteran pacer is level with the great Michael Holding with 249 wickets, and is just a wicket away from becoming their sixth-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket history.

Remember the last time

Needing just 35 runs to win on the fourth day, West Indies wrapped up proceedings quickly to go 1-0 up against Bangladesh at North Sound.

West Indies' decision to bowl first was vindicated as they bowled out Bangladesh for 103. It was a nightmare for the tourists, with six ducks in the effort, equalling the all-time men's Test record. It meant Bangladesh now have three of the seven instances of half a dozen ducks.

In response, West Indies took the lead early on day two, eventually making 265. Bangladesh looked dead in the water at 109/6, though a 123-run partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Nurul Hasan for the seventh wicket, forced the hosts to bat again.

Chasing 84, West Indies did suffer an early three-wicket collapse, before John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood steadied the ship.

What they said

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh all-rounder: "I think we could have done better. The thing is that we were always in the recovery mode from the first session of the opening day and we were always behind and we could never go in front in the match and that is regretful." 

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach on going level with Michael Holding for Test wickets:  "There were a few good wishes, especially from family. Feels good to see fans happy."

"It feels nice to be on level with him. I am quite big on stats. Feels good to be on level with him"

Predicted West Indies XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, Raymon Reifer, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Gudakesh Motie, Jayden Seales

Predicted Bangladesh XI: Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Litton Das, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Khaled Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Ebadot Hossain

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