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WI vs BAN 2nd Test 2022: Can Bangladesh Bounce Back to Level Series?

The majority of the blame must be given to Bangladesh's batting unit for failing to put up a fight against the West Indians in the first Test, instead falling by 7 wickets inside the first session of day 4. A low first innings total resulted from the batters lack of responsibility in the middle, with the exception of Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh are ready to make two changes for the WI vs BAN Second Test 2022 to strengthen the team. Oppositely, the West Indian team is in a positive mindset at the moment. They should be favourites to win the game if the hosts perform to their full potential. The second Test preview is discussed in this article.

Bangladesh vs West indies Second Test: Match Preview

The results of the second Test would have an impact on both teams' standings in the ICC Test Championship points table. The Bangladeshi team should concentrate on getting better in order to draw the series. Oppositely, it will be a fantastic chance for the West Indies to win two consecutive series and improve their PCT in the Test Championship. The WI vs BAN Second Test 2022 will start on Friday (June 24) at 8 p.m. at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.

Both teams' records at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium

Bangladesh

One of the batters between Mominul Haque and Najmul Hossain will be dropped to make way for Anamul Haque. The team management is now debating who should be rested for the second test. Mominul Haque is completely out of touch, having failed to reach two-digit numbers in his previous nine innings. However, he is still among the top five Bangladeshi batters with the best averages and most Test centuries with 11. In contrast, Najmul Hossain Shanto has a problem negotiating outside the off-stump deliveries, and somehow, he couldn’t overcome the issue.

Anamul Haque will take the No. 3 spot. He was included for the limited-overs formats but later was recalled for the Test side after Yasir Ali sustained an injury during the warm-up match. Anamul recently had a record-breaking outing in the DPL 2022, becoming the first batter ever to score more than one thousand runs (1138) in a season.

The other player who is likely to play the second Test is left-arm pacer Shoriful Islam. He will most likely replace Mustafizur Rahman, which is a kind of surprise. Mustafizur bowled really well in the first match and had the best economy rate (1.68) among the bowlers. Maybe Bangladesh's team doesn’t want to take any risk on Mustafizur Rahman as he is a premier bowler for white-ball formats.

Predicted Playing XI

Top-Order: Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Anamul Haque;

Middle-Order: Mominul Haque, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Nurul Hasan (wicket-keeper), Mehidy Hasan Miraz

Lower-Order: Shoriful Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed.

West Indies

The West Indian team doesn’t have any major issues as their pace attack has managed to put Bangladesh's batting unit under strain. The Caribbean side's main strike bowler is Kemar Roach, who picked up 7 wickets in the first match. In batting, Captain Kraigg Brathwaite has continued his good run of form with the bat.

Besides, those batters didn’t perform as expected in the England series, but they did well against Bangladesh in the first match. The likes of Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, and John Campbell all performed well with the bat. The Windies are expected to name an unchanged playing XI.

Predicted Playing XI

Top-Order: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), John Campbell, Raymon Reifer;

Middle-Order: Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Joshua Da Silva (wicket-keeper), Alzarri Joseph;

Lower-Order: Kemar Roach, Gudakesh Motie, Jayden Seales.

Read BAN vs WI Series 2022: How Bangladesh’s players fared in first Test

Weather and Pitch Report

St. Lucia might have rain during the Test match. Therefore, the poor weather may have an effect on how the game turns out. The wicket may allow the spinners to excel. The toss-winning captain should bat first in order to score big in the first innings.

Bottom Line

Despite a disappointing first game performance, the Bangladesh campaign should be confident in its ability to win the WI vs BAN Second Test 2022. The West Indies' success at this ground is one of the factors contributing to their confidence. The Caribbean team has only one victory out of nine games played here. On the other hand, Bangladesh have drawn a Test match at this venue.

In addition, Bangladesh's team would be more equipped and motivated to draw the Test series with West Indies. But the Windies team will play with more confidence because they now lead the series 1-0. They are in the driver's seat and shouldn't want to ruin it by losing the series-ending match.

Source: United News of Bangladesh