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After thrashing Bangladesh in the One-Day Internationals (ODI), West Indies aim for yet anouther rout in the two-match Test series. Abhijit Banare previews the two teams ahead of the Tests.
Bangladesh batting: Going by what they displayed in the 50-over format, there could be more embarrasement in store. While they managed to salvage some pride in the tour game against St Kitts and Nevis, it was only the NO 7 and No 8 batsman who showed some character while the rest lost their way after the 30s and 40s. The experienced Tamim Iqbal has struggled for most runs in the recent past. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque seem to be the only ones on whom the team could rely on.
Bangladesh bowling: More problems in store for the visitors. On decks assisting slower bowlers, they’ve lost their key spinner Sohag Gazi after being reported for suspect action. Gazi’s replacement Elias Sunny is himself surprised at his inclusion. The visitors do have an untested Taijul Islam (another left-arm spinner)in their ranks. But overall, the lack of experience means it’s tough to expect the bowling to attack as a unit. Their most experienced bowler is 19 Tests old while the others are in single digits. When you consider the likes of Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul facing this attack, Bangladesh do have a lot to worry about.
Pitches: If the series against New Zealand is anything to go by then the pitches are going to assist the spinners. Despite the absence of Sunil Narine (who chose representing Kolkata Knight Riders over West Indies) Shane Shillingford and Suleiman Benn are good enough to keep Bangladesh in check.
West Indies: The last time they hosted Bangladesh, most ofthe regular faces were missing. But this time around, they do have . Keeping their recent thumping win aside, West Indies are still a confident side after the series win they achieved against New Zealand being 0-1 down. Gayle, Darren Bravo, Chanderpaul are the key batsmen.
In the bowling department, the two spinners are a certainty and they do have three pacers in Jason Holder, Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor. Holder’s abilities with the bat could place him at No 8 after Ramdin.
Weak areas: West Indies, in recent months have been heavily dependent on Darren Bravo and Chanderpaul, the typical Test batsmen. But things could change considering their skipper Ramdin in good nick and Jermaine Blackwood too giving a good account of himself in his debut series against New Zealand more than a month ago.
West Indies will be eager to conquer a Test series win at home and there couldn’t have been a better opportunity than this.
(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)
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