Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test Match, Sky Sports 2, 5:00am
An excellent game in Chittagong saw England produce when it mattered to secure a 22-run win, though there is cause for concern as the highly-anticipated tour of India edges closer. The Mirpur pitch, earlier tweeted by Rob Key of Sky Sports, looks incredibly dry and the venue's record suggests spin is set to dominate.
A low-scoring game with big individual scores hard to come by looks to be the order of the day and I don’t think either side has a batsman who is going to pass 100 in these conditions, especially given the amount of spinners both sides are set to field. At 19/4, no player to score a century in the matchseems a very smart investment.
Left armer Shakid Al Hasan comes to Mirpur with a good record at the venue after topping the bowling for the home side in the first Test match. I expect him to stay true to form and once again come out as Bangladesh’s top bowler.
I can’t be so confident in the England spinners who were underwhelming in the first test and relied on Stokes to dig them out of trouble, especially in the first innings. A 22-run victory is hardly convincing by any stretch though the home side still remain as long as 11/2 to win this game, which for my money is too long to ignore. A smaller priced punt on Bangladesh to win this one is my third pick.