Windies, Tigers set for series decider
Dhaka, Bangladesh - Bangladesh and the West Indies are expected to face a somewhat slow and dry pitch when they meet for the series-deciding second and final Test match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
On the eve of the match the surface looked a bit drier than the one the two sides played on during the T20 International and two One-Day Internationals earlier this month. However, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy preferred to focus on his team’s readiness for the match rather than the pitch.
“You know if you go to England you expect the ball to seam. If you go to Australia or South Africa you expect the ball to bounce. The wicket looks much drier than when we played the One-Dayers,” said Sammy. “When you come to the sub-continent you should expect the ball to spin. We are aware of that and we have to play spinners much better. We are not going to get caught up with what the pitch might or might not do. We will look to put runs on the board and look to get 20 Bangladeshi wickets.”
Sammy, who made a career-best 58 in the drawn first match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong said his side was determined to win the decider and complete a double on the tour after having clinched the ODI Series 2-1.
“There is a bit of pressure involved in every game but it’s the same for both. The first match was badly affected by the rain and ended in a draw. Obviously we will be looking to win here and take the series. That’s what we came here for. When we came here we knew it was going to be difficult to play Bangladesh at home. So it has been a challenge to us.”
Mushfiqur Rahim, leading Bangladesh in his first Test series, said the hosts were focussed on putting in an all-round effort.
“We are not too much worried about the wicket,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said on Friday. “We want to put as many runs as possible on the board if we bat first, or take 10 wickets before they put up a big total. We will have to focus on our skills. If we can do that, we can get a positive result from the Test.
“It should be easier to bat on this wicket. I hope our batsmen keep this in mind and get a big score, so that the bowlers can put pressure on the West Indies.”
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Keiran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Lendl Simmons
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Raqibul Hasan, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Shuvagata Hom, Elias Sunny.
Umpires: Nigel Llong, Kumar Dharmesena
ICC Match referee: Andy Pycroft