The second and final Test between hosts Bangladesh and Pakistan will start tomorrow at the ShereBangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. Bangladesh are under huge pressure to atleast draw the Test match as they are hugely under-matched to the Pakistani line-up. The hosts had suffered a massive innings defeat in the first Test at Chittagong.
The problem for Bangladesh has always been their batting and in the first innings of the first Test at Chittagong, they were out of the contest on the first day's play itself after getting bundled out for a paltry 135. The first Test provided just the one positive for the Tigers through opener Nazimuddin who on debut scored 31 and 78. There is one notable change to the Bangladeshi team for the second Test with former Skipper Mohammad Ashraful getting dropped following his failure at Chittagong. The hosts have added medium pacer Shafiul Islam to their line-up.
For the Pakistanis, it would be another opportunity for their batsmen and bowlers to boost up their respective averages. In the first Test, Younis Khan helped himself with a double century while Mohammad Hafeez and young AsadShafiq notched up centuries. It should be another win for Pakistan unless the Bangladeshis bat out of their skin and also if there is any significant weather interruption.
Bangladesh and Pakistan have till date played 7 Tests in which the former has lost all the matches! So to expect Bangladesh to even draw the second Test would be a stiff task but one would hope the Tigers to show some fighting spirit and also the urge to compete at this level.
- BV Swagath