If there is any opposition Bangladesh should be beating, at home, it's a West Indies team a mere two berths above them in the ICC rankings.

However, this opportunity was squandered in the series opener, when they relatively successfully shrugged off an 11-month break from Test cricket, but didn't have the legs for the absolute distance.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim noted prior to the first match the hosts' need to last all five days, which the did, but will need substance rather than length to prevent series defeat in Khulna.

The balance needed between placing extra value on wickets in hand and over-caution, however, needs fine tuning. Bangladesh cannot afford one or the other. The precarious dualism is key.

They'll take positives from the performances of batsmen Naeem Islam and Nasir Hossain, who did more than make up the numbers last week, rather showing there is more to Bangladesh's batting ranks than just Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan. The second Test is a chance to cap the proof.

With seamer Rubel Hossain back from injury and Sohag Gazi the right pick ahead of fellow spinner Elias Sunny, this is the most settled - and effective - the Tigers' attack has looked in a long time. Khulna, hosting its first Test, will afford the fast bowlers more aide than Dhaka.

For the Windies, this is the last hurdle before resigning their series defeat to Bangladesh of yesteryear to the past once and for all. While that 2010 loss was under the unwilling, underpaid captaincy of Floyd Reifer, during a strike by the first-choice players, this is a rejuvenated, appropriately remunerated squad eager to fall in line with skipper Darren Sammy and coach Ottis Gibson's direction.

Darren Bravo enjoyed a fitting return in Mirpur, and twin-centurion Kieran Powell finally affirmed himself as Chris Gayle's long-term opening partner. More of the same is demanded of the duo. Marlon Samuels, though, will want to rectify a shoddy showing - and end his otherwise prolific 2012 on an appropriate high.

Bowling-wise, spin twins Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul couldn't ask for a better platform to hone their partnership. The Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium has brought plenty of bounce, if not loads of turn, in first-class cricket of late. The pair were initially unconvincing in Mirpur, gradually finding their collective groove.

While both sides, both noted for their limited-overs exploits rather than Test match success, will have one eye on the upcoming five ODIs and one-off T20I, this week's Test series finale is asking for future value. If not immediate movement among five-day cricket's big boys, a series win for the Windies or series draw for Bangladesh will certainly bode well for their forthcoming Test prospects.

Key Men
Bangladesh: Mohammad Nazimuddin is likely to replace Junaid Siddique at the top of the order, and needs a big showing in order to justify the choice.

West Indies: Tino Best enjoyed a blowout five-for on the final day of the series opener, promising more on a Khulna track that has brought domestic fast bowlers similar feats this month.

Last Five Head-To-Head Results
2012: First Test: West Indies won by 77 runs in Dhaka
2011: Second Test: West Indies won by 229 runs in Dhaka
2011: First Test: Match drawn in Chittagong
2009: Second Test: Bangladesh won by four wickets in Grenada
2009: First Test: Bangladesh won by 95 runs in Kingstown

The first Test went the full five days, testing Bangladesh's mettle to the nth degree. They probably don't have the capacity for a second such examination in as many weeks, with the Windies backed for victory, perhaps inside four days.

Online betting firm Sky Bet has West Indies as favourites in the betting for the second Test. Visit Sky Bet for the latest cricket betting.

Probable Teams
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Nazimuddin, Shahriar Nafees, Naeem Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (captain, wicketkeeper), Nasir Hossain, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain.

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Darren Sammy (captain), Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Ravi Rampaul, Tino Best.

Dates: 21-25 November
Morning session: 09:30 - 11:30 (03:30 - 05:30 GMT)
Afternoon session: 12:10 - 14:10 (06:10 - 08:10 GMT)
Evening session: 14:30 - 16:30 (08:30 - 10:30 GMT)
On-field umpires: Bruce Oxenford and Richard Illingworth
Third umpire: Local appointment
Match referee: David Boon