Just a couple of days after finishing the ODI series in Pakistan, West Indies will fly home to host Bangladesh for four two Test Matches followed by five T20 internationals. The West Indies and Bangladesh have played against each other a fair bit in Test cricket. They played two Tests in 2021 and three in 2018.
Two out of those Tests were won by Bangladesh and three by the West Indies.
Both teams are going to be at full strength and should be more closely matched than first appears. The cricket betting sites in India and around the world are currently favoring the West Indies to win this match quite heavily. Let us look at the two teams in closer detail and try to come up with some good betting options.
Match prediction and cricket betting tips for West Indies vs Bangladesh 1st Test 2022. The match is going to be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua starting on the 14th of June 2022.
WEST INDIES VS BANGLADESH TEAM PREVIEWS
The West Indies is not an easy place to tour as England found out in March of this year. Up against a strong English side, West Indies drew the first two matches and then ended up winning the third by 10 wickets. One of the reasons why West Indies is a bit tougher to face has to do with its impressive fast-bowling attack and the fact that the Duke’s cricket ball is used in Test matches.
This ball swings a lot more and tends to swing for longer as well.
Of course, some of the usual big names are missing from the West Indian attack this time around. Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph will lead the bowling lineup with help from Anderson Phillip and Gudakesh Motie.
Raymon Riefer or Kyle Mayers were also called upon to bowl during the match.
Without Kemar Roach and Jason Holder, the bowling attack lacks a bit of experience. Still, we think Jayden Seales could do some real damage in this series and could end up being a good player to back.
The batting lineup for the West Indies is quite decent as well. Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell could open the batting with Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, and Joshua Da Silva lining up behind them.
It looks more and more likely that Raymon Riefer will play the match owing to the balance that will bring thanks to his all-around capabilities.
Bangladesh has lost four out of its previous five Test matches and even the one remaining match ended in a Draw. It seems like forever that Bangladesh keeps trying to transform itself into a team that can regularly win test matches but that has not happened so far.
That does not mean Bangladesh is not capable of exceptional results. Winning a Test series in New Zealand is something that will go down in history as one of the greatest achievements for Bangladesh.
It has also won a Test series in West Indies (back in 2009 and when West Indies was forced to field a second-string side).
For this series, Bangladesh will once again be captained by Shakib Al Hasan after Mominul Haque was sacked at the end of a poor string of results. Shakib will need his batters to have an exceptional test match. This includes senior players like Tamim Iqbal and himself but also Liton Das, Mominul Haque, and Mahmudul Hasan Joy.
Yasir Ali has been injured and is not going to be available for the first Test.
Bangladesh’s batting is weak and we don’t trust it at all against the swinging Duke’s ball.
A couple of new faces have been included in the squad by Bangladesh as well. One out of Khaled Ahmed and Rejaur Rahman Raja could get a game to partner Ebadot Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman. Taijul Islam and Shakib will take care of the spin-bowling department.
WEST INDIES VS BANGLADESH MATCH DETAILS:
Match: West Indies vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Bangladesh tour of Australia, 2022
Date and Time: Thursday, June 16 – Monday, June 20, 2022, at 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
There would be partly overcast skies over Antigua on all days of the game starting June 16. We expect to see a good batting surface on the first two days of the game, and it would start to crumble and aid spinners as the game progresses. The average 1st innings score here is 287 runs and the side batting first would be happy to put up 400 runs on the board.
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua has a slow surface, and it poses a challenge for the batsmen. Batsmen must get accustomed to the pace of the surface before playing their strokes on this surface. There is some assistance for the fast bowlers with the new ball. The slow nature of the surface makes it a happy hunting ground for the spinners.
TOSS: TO BAT
This pitch is known for getting tricky as the game progresses and batsmen find it difficult to bat here on days 4 and 5. Both the captains shall have this in their minds at the toss and the one winning the toss should have no hesitation in opting to bat first in the game.
WEST INDIES VS BANGLADESH PROBABLE XIS
Kraigg Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Raymon Reifer, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales, Anderson Phillip/Kemar Roach
Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Litton Das (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mehidy Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadot Hossain
WEST INDIES VS BANGLADESH MATCH PREDICTION
With both sides having a good amount of experience, a cracking contest can be expected to kickstart the series. The home conditions will favour West Indies, who are likely to beat Bangladesh in the first Test.
Prediction: West Indies to win this encounter.