1st Test: Hurt West Indies eye revival against Bangladesh
Will West Indies prevail in Bangladesh? (AFP Image)

West Indies did not have much to celebrate during their month-long tour of India, which began with a 0-2 drubbing in Tests and ended with a 0-3 beatdown in the T20Is. In between, they showed promise, but the obstacle of the No. 1 team in the world extinguished the flickering ray of hopes. One of Windies’ most alarming aspect was how their batsmen fared against Indian spinners. Kuldeep Yadav and R Ashwin ran through them, and while there were still some positives from the limited-overs leg, the Test format is where the West Indies would like to put in the most effort.

Mind you, there is no Jason Holder. Hence, they will not have it easy against Bangladesh, who are somewhat disappointed in their own ways. Having lost to Zimbabwe in the first Test, Bangladesh came back strong to level the series, but a 1-1 result was ‘tough’, as per skipper Mahmudullah and he and his men would like to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Not two series in a row. Considering West Indies’ struggles against spin, and Taijul Islam along with a returning Shakib Al Hasan will give them the assurance. Besides, the addition of Soumya Sarkar gives them edge in the allrounder department and 17-year-old Nayeem Hasan variety.

In some ways, Bangladesh and West Indies carry a similar tag. They’re both unpredictable, in ways both good and bad. On current form, Bangladesh have the edge. Though that doesn’t mean West Indies aren’t capable. They showed during the practice match that they can perform much better against spin than against India, and perhaps it was their long stay in the country that helped them adapt.

On the other hand, Bangladesh have some issues of their own to address, like how their openers, in the absence of Tamil Iqbal, haven’t quite replicated their ODI success in Tests. Lastly, they would want to prevent batting collapses, one that has lately been Bangladesh’s bane. The last time these two sides met in Tests, West Indies swept them 2-0 at home. Will Bangladesh turn the tables?

Date: November 22 to 26

Time: 10:00 IST

Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

Weather: Clear skies with a high of 28 degrees

Team News:

Bangladesh

Shakib is a direct entry into the Playing XI and will resume his duties as captain, while it is likely that Hasan will have to wait for his debut. Ariful Haque is likely to miss out. Soumya might also get a look-in ahead of Imrul Kayes, considering he was the least impressive with scores of 5, 43, 3 and 0 in four innings against Zimbabwe.

Probable XI: 1 Liton Das, 2 Imrul Kayes/Soumya Sarkar, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mohammad Mithun, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 7 Taijul Islam, 8 Mahmudullah, 9 Mehidy Hasan, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Khaled Ahmed

West Indies

Raymon Reifer is a handy batsman who can also bowl medium pace and West Indies won’t mind having a player of his calibre in the absence of Jason Holder. Jomel Warrican has struggled to pick wickets hence he could be replaced by Jahmar Hamilton. The batting responsibilities should be divided between Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer. Shane Dowrich will resume wicketkeeping duties while, Keemo Paul, Kemar roach should comprise the pace attack.

Probable XI: 1 Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shai Hope, 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Sunil Ambris, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Jahmar Hamilton, 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Shannon Gabriel, 11 Kemar Roach