West Indies vs Bangladesh - Second Test
Wednesday February 10th, 2021 / 10:30pm EST
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The Second Test between the West Indies and Bangladesh is set to begin on Wednesday February 10th 2021 at 10:30pm EST. The match will be played at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. The West Indies currently lead the series 1-0 after their thrilling win in the First Test. Can Bangladesh even the series or will West Indies wrap it up with another victory here?
The West Indies pulled off a stunning run-chase to win the First Test by three wickets, chasing down an impressive 395 runs in the fourth innings. That was a welcome victory after being white-washed 3-0 in the ODI series. The West Indies have fielded a hugely inexperienced second string side in this series after numerous high profile withdrawals due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The players struggled initially but have seemingly come together well and are playing some inspired cricket right now. Led by Debutant Kyle Mayers who made a double century on debut and Nkrumah Bonner in support, they have a relatively strong batting attack and the bowlers have been doing admirably, led by Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Jomel Warrican will be looking for a repeat. It is unlikely that they will make any changes to a winning side. The only possibility is if they decide to replace the struggling opening batsman John Campbell but coach Phil Simmons seems to want to keep the side together to avoid disharmony.
After losing the First Test from being in a very favorable position, there is more bad news for Bangladesh heading into the Second Test. Star all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan has been deemed unfit and will not play. That obviously is a huge blow to their chances of levelling the series and it will be a massive hole to fill. Soumya Sarkar has been selected in his place and while he is a good cricketer he has not played a Test in two years and is unlikely to adequately replace one of the world's best players. They are still favored in this match but will undoubtedly be discouraged after that loss so they will hope to have recovered mentally from it. Bangladesh will be looking to Liton Das who is in good form to lead by example with the bat and their strong spin attack will be heavily relied on.
While all the momentum is with the West Indies, Bangladesh are still the stronger all around side. That being said, the loss of their former captain and the form of the visitors definitely evens things up a bit. I am going with the West Indies to continue to ride the wave and win again here, wrapping up the series 2-0. West Indies to win.