Bangladesh vs West Indies – 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is Bangladesh vs West Indies taking place? Thursday, November 22nd

Where is Bangladesh vs West Indies taking place? Chittagong

What is the expected weather for Bangladesh vs West Indies? 26-28c and sunshine forecast for virtually the next five days

What channel is Bangladesh vs West Indies on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Bangladesh vs West Indies? This match will not be streamed live in the UK

Are tickets still available for Bangladesh vs West Indies? N/A

THE TEAM NEWS

BANGLADESH

Captain: Shakib Al Hasan

  • Bangladesh will be on something of a high after they rescued the series against Zimbabwe in Dhaka to win the second test and tie the series 1-1, but that will not mask the weaknesses they have throughout their team.

  • They have been handed a significant boost by the return from injury of regular captain Shakib Al Hasan after he missed the two test matches with Zimbabwe so he comes in for Ariful Haque to strengthen the middle order.

  • Liton Das has been dropped for this test so that will see a change at the top of the order too as the recalled Soumya Sarkar will come in to partner Imrul Kayes and they will be desperate for him to settle into the opening role which has been a major problem for them with Tamim Iqbal still missing through injury.

WEST INDIES

Captain: Kraigg Brathwaite

  • West Indies will take some heart from the fact that they completely dominated Bangladesh in a two test series at home earlier this year but this will be a completely different proposition on these surfaces.

  • Skipper Jason Holder misses this series through injury so Kraigg Brathwaite will be handed the captaincy but they will miss Holder for his all-round ability with bat and ball which they will find difficult to replace.

  • They will rely heavily on Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope once again while Brathwaite scored a century in each test against them in the two home tests, but they will have to do better against Bangladesh’s spin options that caused them trouble even unfavourable conditions in the West Indies.

THE PREDICTION

There have been five draws in the last nine test matches at Chittagong, and although some of those have been rain affected, the last test there between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka earlier this year saw 1500 runs scored and just 24 wickets going down. This is typically the most favourable pitch for batsmen in Bangladesh but this may be a different type of match. West Indies will not cope as well against the spinners like Sri Lanka did, while Bangladesh’s batsmen remain vulnerable to collapses. That makes a draw here seemingly unlikely, but these two teams are so wildly inconsistent, that makes this a difficult match to call. Bangladesh do have to be marginally favoured and their spinners will likely cause the Windies all kinds of problems, and they are the safest play here.