A demoralised Bangladesh cricket team will be hoping to make a turnaround when they will take on West Indies in the second and final Test at Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica today.
The match is scheduled to start at 9:00pm Bangladesh Standard Time and will be telecast live at GTV and Channel 9.
The Tigers produced one of the worst performances in their cricketing history in the opening Test match in Antigua where they not only suffered an inning and 219-run defeat but also were bowled out for their lowest ever Test score of 43 runs in the first innings.
After the kind of score they made in the first innings, West Indies punished an inexperienced Bangladeshi bowling attack to post 406 runs, taking 363-run on the back of a brilliant 121 off 291 by Kraigg Brathwaite.
Bangladeshi batsmen were exposed in the second innings again and despite a quick-fire half century of rookie Nurul Hasan, who made 64 off 76 balls, they were bundled out for 144 runs to suffer a humiliating innings defeat.
However, skipper Sakib al Hasan on Wednesday claimed that his team-mates were confident to perform well in the Jamaica Test despite having a disappointing display in the first Test.
‘Obviously, [we are] very disappointed. We knew that it would be tough for us but the way we performed I think we were below par,’ Sakib told reporters in Jamaica.
‘Obviously we need to step our game up a bit and at this moment boys have been feeling very confident. Though we don’t do well in the first game, this is a new Test match, new day and we are looking forward to play this Test match,’ he added.
Sakib also revealed that they wanted to start well in the match and try to win most of the session in order to level the series.
‘Well, obviously, it will be very important game for us. It will be very important how we start the game. It doesn’t not matter we bowl first or bat first. We need to start very well and then keep that momentum.
‘[It is a] five-day match and we need to make sure that we will try to win most of the session and by doing that we can only win the match,’ he added.
The 31-year all-rounder, however, said that the wicket in Jamaica would have more pace and bounce than the previous Test wicket in Antigua and they needed to apply themselves soon to do well in the Test.
‘I think there will be little bit more pace and bounce, I would say consistent pace and bounce than the one we played in Antigua. But I think it will be a true wicket.
‘If we can apply ourselves then we can do well. It doesn’t matter whether we bowl first or bat first as I say. We need to apply ourselves in the wicket and we need to use to the wicket as soon as we start playing the match,’ he added.
Bangladesh will also play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals during the visit.
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