The ultimate drama of Chittagong Test may not have been forgotten by the hosts already, but the resurgent Bangladesh side is ready to go up against victorious English team in the second of the two-match series, starting from Friday in Dhaka.
The match, which will be the 50th for the Bangladeshi skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, will be an all-important one for the hosts, as they will look to secure a much needed series-leveling win after losing in the ODI series for the first time in two years on the home soil.The Tigers were in full command on the fourth day’s evening of the Chittagong Test, where they needed just 59 runs with five wickets in hand to secure a famous victory.However, collapse in the last hour of play left hosts with 34 to get on the final morning of the play with two wickets in hand.
All-rounder Ben Stokes then wrapped up the innings of Mushfiqur’s men, as he picked two wickets in three deliveries to break the hearts of hosts nation and sealed a memorable 22-run victory for the visitors in the opening match.Despite the loss, Mushfiqur-led unit received high praise from pundits all-over the world.For the second match, there is at least one change which is expected in the hosts line-up, as right-arm fast-bowler Shafiul Islam, who just bowled 12 overs in the whole of first Test, is almost certain to miss out in Dhaka.
He is expected to be replaced by fast-bowling options Subashis Roy, Soumya Sarkar, or the hosts can opt to include another spinner in Shuvagata Hom, who so far has a miserable record in five-day format, where he picked just eight wickets in seven Test matches at an average of nearly 60 and at a strike-rate of nearly 100.
On the other hand, English team will be hoping to continue their good work after securing a famous triumph in the first battle of the series.However, the visitors will be hoping that experience duo of captain Alastair Cook and right-handed batsman Joe Root will find some form going into the deciding match of the series.Cook in particular looked out of sort in the first Test, who just managed scores of four and 12 in the two innings of the match, and looked at uneased against young spinner Mehedi Hasan in particular.The Three Lions are set to hand Test-cap to young left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari, who is expected to replace veteran off-spinner Gareth Batty, who made a comeback to the Test side in the last match after a gap of more than 11 years.Another change which is expected in the visiting side is of Steven Finn, who is set to make his 100th Test appearance and will replace the veteran fast-bowler Stuart Broad, who will be rested for the match.
The pitch is expected to be a traditional Dhaka pitch, which will favor the batsman in the first two days, and will offer some assistance to the spinners as the match goes on.