Dhaka - Bangladesh will be looking for a rare Test series win when they take on the West Indies in the second and final Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Friday.
home side lead the two-match series 1-0 thanks to their 64-run win the
first Test in Chittagong when their spinners accounted for all 20 West
A win in Dhaka will give Bangladesh only their
fourth Test series win in history and first since 2014 when they
triumphed over Zimbabwe 3-0 at home.
Bangladesh came close to
winning series twice in the past two years, respectively against
Australia and Sri Lanka but on both occasions they stumbled at the final
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan said his team has the ability to overcome the odds.
"We have a challenge and we believe we can overcome this," Shakib said at the pre-match press conference on Thursday.
West Indies will also go into the match more excited. They will give
their best to win. We have to perform better than them, more than what
we did in Chittagong," he said.
"It will be very special for us if we can win the series 2-0...whatever it requires we are preparing to do that," he said.
"If it is not possible to win, our target will be taking series 1-0, because the ultimate target is winning the series."
Shakib promised positive cricket.
we don't want to win series by playing defensive cricket. We will go
into the match with a positive frame of mind," he said.
chances, however, got a blow when wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim
hurt his finger during a training session on Wednesday.
Though Sakib did not rule out Mushfiqur playing the game, the home side had recalled Liton Das as a back-up option.
West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite said he remained optimistic despite the challenge ahead.
"Staying positive on this type of wicket is key. The bounce varied a lot in the first Test," said Brathwaite.
onus is on ourselves to trust our defence and attacking methods. I
think the key is to be light in your feet, and treat each ball as it
The visitors will miss pace bowler Shannon Gabriel, who
was banned from the second Test after being handed two demerit points in
Gabriel was the pick of the West Indies bowlers on a
spin-oriented pitch, claiming four wickets in a short spell in the first
innings that had nearly swung the game to their way.
Brathwaite said he was "backing both spin and pace to do a good job" unsettling Bangladesh.
will obviously be a balance. Spin did most of the damage in the first
Test but it doesn't mean pacers can't take wickets," he said.
West Indies will also play three one-day internationals and three
Twenty20 internationals against Bangladesh during their month-long tour.