Live Cricket Score: Bangladesh vs West Indies 2nd Test, WI vs BAN
The second of the two-match Test series between Bangladesh and West Indies is going to begin from tomorrow at Khulna, with the visitors having an unassailable lead in the competition and aiming to whitewash the home team.
In recent times, Bangladesh have shown signs of improvement in the shorter formats of the game but their performance in the 5-day version remains a concern for the fans. Mushfiqur Rahim and company however, displayed a heartening performance in the Mirpur Test, posting more than 500 runs in their first innings.
The West Indies captain, Darren Sammy, admitted after the match that his side had to work extremely hard to ensure a result on the last day of the match.
Sammy said, “Bangladesh played really well, but credit must go to my bowlers and our batsmen.”
There were a lot of positives in the match for the home team as the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Naeem Islam, Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain impressed with the bat; whereas, Sohag Ghazi, the young off-spinner impressed one and all on his debut, picking up nine wickets in the match.
The Bangladesh captain is delighted with his team’s fight in the first match and vows to do even better at Khulna. The pitch for the second match is likely to assist the spinners and the home team is desperate to register a victory and level the series.
The wicketkeeper/batsman believes, “The boys really worked hard. We competed well in all the sessions. Congratulations to Gazi on a great debut match. We are 1-0 down but we have lots of positives from this Test and hopefully we can come back hard.”
On the other side of the coin, the visitors are jubilant after securing a victory in the first Test and continue to prosper in international cricket after their title triumph in the ICC World T20 2012 in Sri Lanka. Two of their most experienced batsmen, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, did not make big contributions in the first Test. However, Shivnarine Chanderpaul took the responsibility on his shoulders and smacked a double century in the first innings.
The most heartening aspect about the Caribbean men’s performance was Kieran Powell, the left-handed opener, who scored hundreds in each innings to announce his arrival at the global stage.
It was widely expected that Sunil Narine will make a huge impact on the outcome of this series but the mystery spinner failed to make an impression in the first Test, picking up three victims in the first innings after conceding 148 runs and delivering 18 wicket-less overs in the second innings.
Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach is disappointed with his premier bowler’s performance but expects him to improve his game as he gains more experience.
“He [Sunil Narine] didn't bowl as well as we expected him to bowl, but this is his [fourth] game in international cricket and it's a learning experience for him. On the other side, young [Veerasammy] Permaul bowled really well,” said the West Indies coach.
The ideal situation for Bangladesh would be to win the toss and put up a huge score on the board, as this is the most likely way for them to put the West Indies batsmen under pressure through their spinners. However, they must be wary of Gayle and Samuels, with both the destructive batsmen looking to make their mark on the series.