Bangladesh tour of Windies, 2018
WI vs BAN, 1st Test | Windies vs Bangladesh WHO WILL WIN
The Big Picture
After playing a hard-fought series against the Sri Lankans, the Windies will now take on Bangladesh with the first of the 2-match series starting at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua.
A new era for Bangladesh Test cricket
It will be a beckoning of a new era for Bangladesh as they look to take their Test team forward under new coach Steve Rhodes since the unexpected departure of Chandika Hathurusingha. It will also be a Litmus test for skipper Shakib Al Hasan who will lead the Test team in a full-fledged tour after having taken a sabbatical for six months and then have missed out on the Sri Lanka series in February. Shakib will be under immense pressure to turn around things after his captaincy skills came under scanner for failing to motivate his players during the recently concluded Afghanistan T20 series.
Another case-in-point would be as to how he manages his batting line-up after growing murmurs of promoting Mahmudullah. He certainly made a strong case for it with a sublime 111-ball-102 against West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI. Tamim Iqbal was another player to hit a hundred in the warm-up game, but three of the top-four registered single-digit scores, which may come in as a cause of concern. On the bowling front, while Rubel Hussain faces pressure after an ordinary Nidahas Trophy and Afghanistan T20 series, and in the absence of Mustafizur Rahman, needs to up his game as the leader of the attack. Abu Jayed received his maiden call-up for the Windies Test ahead of Mustafizur, and the rookie claimed two wickets in the warm-up game.
The host- Windies
The hosts would be gutted that they were unable to win the Test series against Sri Lanka, and they would have to blame their lacklustre batting for it. Apart from Shane Dowrich (288 runs in three matches), the second highest run-scorer for the host was their skipper Jason Holder (198 runs in 39.60). Such was their dependence on the aforementioned players that Windies folded for a mere 93 in the second innings of the Barbados Test.
None of the batsmen in Kieron Powell (166 runs at 27.67), Devon Smith (91 at 15.17), Brathwaite (104 at 20.80), and even Shai Hope (114 at 19.00) could offer any support to Dowrich and the bowlers throughout the series. Speaking of bowlers, the Windies had a great series with their fast-bowling coming to the fore. The trio of Gabriel (20 wickets at 14.95), Holder (12 wickets at 16.08) and Roach (11 wickets at 25.55) were relentless and almost pulled off a win at Barbados in spite of their batsmen letting the team down. Windies have named a 13-member squad against Bangladesh. Alzari Joseph, who claimed four wickets in the warm-up match misses out, while Keemo Paul retains his place ahead of Hetmyer.
Venue:- Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
Match Timings:- Wednesday, July 4th, 2018, 07:30 PM IST
The pitch at the Sir Vivian Richard’s stadium in Antigua normally aids the fast bowlers at the start while settling into a beautiful surface to bat on as the game progresses.
WI vs BAN Squads:-
Jason Holder (c), Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Devendra Bishoo, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Devon Smith, Kraigg Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Roston Chase, Kieran Powell, Miguel Cummins,
Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmud Ullah, Litton Kumer Das, Mominul Haque, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Shafiul Islam, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Tamim Iqbal, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Imrul Kayes
WI vs BAN WHO WILL WIN
So, who will win WI vs BAN? As per Bet365, the odds in favour of Windies winning the game is 8/13, implying a return of Rs 161.53 over 100, while that of BAN winning it is 3/1, meaning a return of Rs 400 over a bid of 100.