Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna

Bangladesh's batting in focus again

The Preview by Mohammad Isam in Khulna

November 20, 2012

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Match facts

November 21-25, Khulna
Start time 0930 (0330 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal plays an off drive, Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 2nd day, November 14, 2012
Tamim Iqbal passed his fitness test and will open in Khulna © Associated Press
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Big Picture

West Indies will press for a 2-0 win, having come back hard against Bangladesh in the final two sessions of the Mirpur Test and seizing the momentum. Though they weren't defending a big total, with enough overs for the opposition to chase it down, they were tactically far ahead of Bangladesh when it mattered. The use of the short delivery worked wonders, as Tino Best completed a maiden five-for in Tests with some hostile pace and by bowling bouncers at well. Ravi Rampaul's control and Sunil Narine's performance in the second innings, together with debutant Veerasammy Permaul's accuracy, made taking 20 wickets possible.

With the bat, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kieran Powell and Denesh Ramdin got big runs, and the failures of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels didn't have a serious impact on the team.

The major highlight for Bangladesh was debutant offspinner Sohag Gazi's returns of nine wickets in the game. Rubel Hossain fought back in the second innings and Shahadat Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan had their moments, but they were inconsistent.

Bangladesh, however, will be watchful of how their batsmen react after their capitulation in the second innings. They posted their first-ever 500-plus score, in the first innings, and even gained a small lead, but the chase went poorly. Just as Bangladesh faced the prospect of a Test victory, their feet froze and West Indies took advantage. Bangladesh's plan would be to make West Indies work hard for wickets, but it still could be a stiff task on a track on which not a lot of cricket has been played recently.

Form guide

Bangladesh: LLLLD (Completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies: WWWDL

Players to watch

Mahmudullah got a half-century in the first innings but his effort in the second stood out. He withstood a barrage of short balls from Best, was hit thrice in the space of two overs, but ultimately replied with a hooked six. He survived for 83 minutes, as was the need of the hour, and made his team's highest score in the second innings.

Chris Gayle will be expected to come back hard against Bangladesh, after he was thwarted by spin in the first innings and pace in the second in Mirpur. A fast start with his strokeplay could diffuse Bangladesh's plans.

Pitch and conditions

By accounts from players and the scorecards of the last two first-class matches played here, the pitch at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna has generally been batting-friendly but is likely to offer turn on the last two days.

The weather has been unpredictable over the last two weeks. There was a cold spell earlier this month but ahead of the Test it has been hot and sultry with a threat of rain due to a depression at the Bay of Bengal nearby.

Team news

Tamim Iqbal had an elbow injury but passed a fitness test on Tuesday and will play the second Test. The team management may likely replace Junaid Siddique, the other opener, with Nazimuddin on the account of the former's struggle against the short ball and problems with slip-catching. Still, one will not be too surprised if Tamim and Anamul Haque, the batsman flown in as his cover, go out to open.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Nazimuddin/Anamul Haque, 3 Shahriar Nafees, 4 Naeem Islam, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Mahmudullah (vice-capt), 8 Nasir Hossain, 9 Sohag Gazi, 10 Shahadat Hossain, 11 Rubel Hossain.

Darren Sammy has hinted at continuing with the same line-up that played in the first Test. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who didn't field for much of the previous game, is fit, and the likelihood of using Fidel Edwards as a third pace bowler has diminished due to Permaul's impressive debut.

West Indies (possible): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Veerasammy Permaul, 11 Tino Best

Stats and trivia

  • Khulna will be Bangladesh's seventh Test venue.
  • The last time West Indies won four Tests in a row was between January and April of 1993 when they beat Australia home and away.


"We had a plan to play session-by-session, take one day at a time without keeping the result in mind, although we had one poor session and that cost us the match. I hope we can do this in the Khulna Test, as it will help us in gaining consistency."
Mushfiqur Rahim says he would like his team to repeat what they did in Dhaka, but not all of it

"Last year we drew the first Test, this year we won it. We have one more Test to go and we'd do everything to win this Test match. We want to win the series 2-0."
Darren Sammy says what the target is in Khulna.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

BD team should get rid of Nazimuddin and Nafees. Replace them with Anamul and Mominul. Find couple of effective fast bowlers with good pace and bounce ASAP.

Posted by urmi-alam on (November 21, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

A good wish for Tamim, he is only one player who can change the direction of play. But I afraid about his mod. He is very emotional. Hopefully he will play for the country, his out will be for the country. I pray for his better success.

Posted by AKM_Saifullah on (November 21, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

If the lady luck smiles at Mushy during toss, we would expect BD batters to take the guard on the opening session of day 1. Tamim should play his natural game. While Nazimuddin/Anamul and Nafees should see the morning through. Do not flash or chase after wide deliveries against the likes of Tino or Ravi. Sakib should play his own game. The team will once again look at Nayeem and Mushy for gritty innings. Testing time for the tigers. Hopefully they will pull this through.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

God bless Tamim, Go go go go tamim, we love you tamim, we are waiting for your explosive batting, Do it for Bangladesh, do it for your mother land, There is no option to do it . Get relax and do not do any hurry. Tray to play naturally and do not try to do extra ordinary. we want to see our normal Tamim,- Good wishes from philippines,

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

Shahadat in seriously?! Might as well play Enamul Haque Jr. The only time shahadat did good was when he got 6/27 vs. south africa!

Posted by Sadequl on (November 20, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Pls BCB for god sake do justify the performance of home cricket & pick "Anamul" instead of "Nazimuddin" for 2nd test in Khulna.

Posted by Ahsan-cric-freak on (November 20, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Bangladesh is going to be hammered badly by Gayle's double ton in this test i guess:D Bangla can't win unless they take 20 wickets and for that they will have to find a useful pace attack.....!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

After propagating an abounding hope of winning the first Test match, the Tigers succumbed to defeat as of late! The debacle entailed by the Nemesis, known as "inconsiderate batting." Inconsiderate batting in the 4th innings. The tigers couldn't breach the siege of the Caribbean Hunters and had to countermand and head to their strongholds. Their jurisdiction in the Sunderbans has been confiscated by the Caribbean Hunters. Hopes for our tigers never evanesce. The Guardians have vowed to retrieve their demesne in the second Test that has been infiltrated upon. They have a very good reputation of coming back strong for they're obstinate and audacious to the bone. The Guardians long for the chance of climbing one step higher to the top of the Food Chain. Whereas, the Hunters contemplate on leading another incursion. Waiting to see the Tigers reveling in the flesh and gore of their prey...... Khulna awaits and so do we.......

Posted by K.A.K on (November 20, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

WI is on the rise, Bangladesh is at a plateau. BCB need to schedule more good cricket for its players, including visit to Paksitan.

Posted by hasib9 on (November 20, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

Why Shahaha Husain again? Why not someone like Sayed Russel who had always provided with early wickets. Shafiul and Rubel have too high average to call themselves test bowlers. Probably time for a new pair of fast bowlers.

Posted by wifedupfan on (November 20, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Take it one Test at a time Windies. 3 straight so far and lots to play for with a fourth consecutive test victory given that the last time we did so was in 1993 when we were still dominating the world.

Posted by a_massive_zebra on (November 20, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

Do Bangladesh play fast bowlers because they think it is compulsory? It seems an unwritten rule that fast bowlers must open the attack, but if your best fast bowlers are virtually guaranteed to get hammered at 5 an over and take no wickets, you might as well just play spinners. Shahadat Hossain and Rubel Hossain are so completely ineffective that surely the Bangladesh attack would be much stronger if they were replaced by Elias Sunny and Enamul Haque jnr. At least these two spinners have proved that they can take wickets at Test level and bowl with relative control.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

hopefully Tamim will fit and he will open tomorrow, without Tamim BD batting line ll be very difficult, I think Junaid Siddique should get one more change b coz he come after long time national teams, if Tamim cannot tomorrow than, Nazimuddin can open, but not.. Anamul Haque b coz he is still very new, maybe he could be in ODI or T20, NOT in the test..Once again we expecting long. Batting line. I would lick to request guys just tray to stay in the crease end of the day result will favor of luck BD cricket..

Posted by riprock on (November 20, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

As Bangladesh're seeking to show more resilience and fight in their quest to prove themselves at the international Test stage with the limited opportunities they get in Tests.. and more or less have nothing significant left in this series apart from reputation at stake..they should play to their strengths, bat hard, include an extra spinner and try strangling the Windies batsmen with their 2 specialist and 2 part time spinners... with also perhaps some assistance from the pitch. How about promoting Nafees to opening, Naeem to no.3, Nasir at 4..followed by Shakib, Rahim and Mahmudullah. Should be a good combination ..:- Tamim, Nafees, Naeem, Nasir, Shakib, M.Rahim, Mahmudullah, Sunny, S.Gazi, Rubel, Shahadat.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Don't need to teach them how to play. Because they already know how to bat or ball. I mean how to play. Just teach them how to win ...Lol ..we..need it.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

tomorrow match will be a good one... hope bangladesh will win..

Posted by Milonedru on (November 20, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

I can see both Ilias Sunny & Gazi playing together. An extra spiner instead of Juaid. Nafees will open with Tamim and Riad or Naseer will be promoted.

Posted by DarindaUK on (November 20, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Great news. I hope all the best for Tamim to contribute some runs for the team. Atleast try to stay in the crease and last couple of sessions. Also having seen the way Tino Best balling, targetting the body most of the time, hope Tigers can adapt to the situation. It looked the BD batsman were made very unconfortable. Please try to bat for 150 overs in first inning and atleast 130 overs in the second. Best of Luck to the Team.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

4 test wins in a row although rare will prove that WI is on the improve.

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