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Can The West Indies Make It A Clean-sweep Against Bangaladesh In The Test Series?

After the famous victory in the first Test courtesy of Kyle Mayers’ heroics on debut, the confident West Indies are set to take on Bangladesh in the 2nd Test match at Dhaka. 

West Indies has made the highest Test run-chase in Asia as they batted their hearts out in the final day on a typical day five subcontinent pitch to gain glory against the Tigers.

It’s Test cricket at its best as we now see matches go down the wire in the final session of day 5, and still, there is a possibility of all three results (a win, a draw, or a loss). 

Generally, in Test cricket, chasing a target of 200 runs or even 150 runs at times becomes difficult for teams batting in the 4th innings, but the trend has changed as now teams like India and West Indies have shown that in this modern era, batsmen are confident in chasing 350+ totals on day 5, provided they have the wickets in hand.

West Indies team has inspired all their cricket fans around the world, and if they win this series 2-0, it will be a big achievement for a team like West Indies, especially after losing the white-ball cricket and missing some of their key players.

West Indies will look to carry forward their confidence in the next match too. Coach Phil Simmons believed that if players trust their abilities and believe in themselves, they can achieve positive results. 

“The main thing is trusting our ability. In the second innings, there was a lot of pressure on Mayers and Bonner. They trusted their ability and believed in themselves. It is the biggest takeaway from this (game). In the time of challenges during the innings, they trusted their ability and fought through it,” he said.

However, after that victory, the West Indies cannot afford to get complacent as the job is only half-done. Kyle Mayers’s performance will motivate the other team members to step-up at the crucial occasion and contribute together as a unit. 

Even after winning the first Test, there are still some areas, especially in the bowling department, where the team must improve to obtain positive and consistent outcomes.

“Every time you win, it is more important you look at ways to improve. When a team loses, they will try to improve, so we as winners have to do the same. We have to improve in every aspect. We can do better with the ball, by limiting them to 300 instead of 400. There’s more than one thing to improve from Chattogram,” said Simmons.

He added, “I don’t think our spinners were as consistent as they can be. They bowled well, but there’s room for improvement in our bowling.

One of the areas is we haven’t had an opening partnership of note. It would be nice to get a big opening partnership to set up how things go with the other batsmen.” 

Phil Simmons’s vision is to carry the momentum forward and win matches more consistently. He argued that winning should become a habit, and players must become more consistent in their output.

I think that’s what we are searching for right now [winning test matches more frequently]. I am tired of these one win and then struggling for the next three or four games. We are trying hard to put things in place so that we don’t go in that direction. We need to improve on some things and continue the intensity in our preparation. We have to make sure we don’t go backwards again,” said the coach.

Overall, the last match will be the series decider for West Indies and an opportunity to collect some World Test Championship points. 

Bangladesh is expected to come back stronger in the second Test. West Indies will look to end this tour on a high note. Hopefully, both teams will give a good account of themselves and may the better team win.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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