Openers help West Indies dominate first session of second Test

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Bangladesh brought in Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar and Abu Jayed among the three changes

Toss West Indies chose to bat v Bangladesh

West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite chose to bat in the second Test in Dhaka against Mominul Haque’s Bangladesh, with the visitors looking to seal a series victory having won the first Test by chasing 395 in the fourth innings. They made one like-for-like change with Kemar Roach being replaced by Alzarri Joseph.

Bangladesh, who are looking to avoid defeat in a home Test series (two or more matches) since losing to Sri Lanka in 2017-18, brought in three changes, with two of them forced.

The injured Shakib Al Hasan and Shadman Islam were replaced by Mohammad Mithun and Soumya Sarkar – with the latter set to open – while left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman was dropped for right-arm quick Abu Jayed. Rahman had taken only two wickets in the first Test in Chattogram.

The toss could play a significant role since cracks were observed on the pitch even before a delivery was bowled at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. Brathwaite said at the toss that the pitch appeared dry and he wanted his side to produce a better first-innings batting performance. Haque said that he wanted to bat first too.

West Indies 1 Kraigg Brathwaite (capt), 2 John Campbell, 3 Shayne Moseley, 4 Nkrumah Bonner, 5 Kyle Mayers, 6 Jermaine Blackwood, 7 Joshua Da Silva (wk), 8 Rahkeem Cornwall, 9 Alzarri Joseph, 10 Jomel Warrican, 11 Shannon Gabriel

Bangladesh 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mominul Haque (capt), 5 Mushfiqur Rahim, 6 Mohammad Mithun, 7 Liton Das (wk), 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Nayeem Hasan, 10 Taijul Islam, 11 Abu Jayed

Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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