Second Test preview: West Indies v Bangladesh

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The West Indies are playing their 500th Test in St Lucia, already leading the series against Bangladesh one-nil, and will be eager to wrap up the series with a win and record the milestone with a success.

The West Indies are playing their 500th Test in St Lucia, already leading the series against Bangladesh one-nil, and will be eager to wrap up the series with a win and record the milestone with a success.

The Windies won the first Test by 10 wickets, with Kraigg Brathwaite scoring a double century, and the Tigers were outplayed in all areas. Their lone resistance came from their skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim, as is often the case.

Now they are at a venue that has only seen three Tests, all of them draws, so a win will need to come from the better bowling attack. As such, the hosts are clear favourites, with superior spinners and pacemen.

While the Tigers had an impressive debut from spinner Taijul Islam, who bagged a five-fer, his efforts were unsupported and the Windies racked up the runs. This venue is even better for batting, though rather slow on past evidence.

The Windies are without opening batsman Chris Gayle, who is out for personal reasons, leaving Shiv Chanderpaul as the only player to have played a Test here before, back in 2006. He comes into the game on the back of 85 not out at Arnos Vale. Leon Johnson has replaced Gayle in the squad.

The Tigers will play without batsman Imrul Kayes, who has been sent home with a skin infection. Anamul Haque is expected to take his place, as there was not enough time to fly a replacement batsman in.

<b>Key Men</b><br>For the hosts, all eyes will be on Kraigg Brathwaite following his superb effort in the first Test. With Gayle absent, the top order runs will fall to him, and he should do well on a deck made for knuckling down.

The Tigers will once again look to their captain, Mushfiqur, for the runs. His ton at Arnos Vale was a valiant effort, and while some other batsmen added half tons, he is the most consistent, and will need a big knock to even secure a draw.

<b>Last Five Head-To-Head Results</b><br>2014, First Test: West Indies won by 10 wickets in St Vincent<br>2012, Second Test: West Indies won by 10 wickets in Khulna<br>2012, First Test: West Indies won by 77 runs in Dhaka<br>2011, Second Test: West Indies won by 229 runs in Dhaka<br>2011, First Test: Match drawn in Chittagong

<b>Squads</b><br>West Indies: Denesh Ramdin (capt), Leon Johnson, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Sulieman Benn, Shane Shillingford.

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim, Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Elias Sunny, Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Robiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shamsur Rahman, Shuvagata Hom, Taijul Islam, Tamim Iqbal

<b>Dates:</b> 13-17 September<br><b>Morning session:</b> 10:00-12:00 (14:00-16:00 GMT)<br><b>Afternoon session:</b> 12:40-14:40 (16:40-18:40 GMT)<br><b>Evening session:</b> 15:00-17:00 (19:00-21:00 GMT)<br><b>On-field umpires:</b> Steve Davis and Richard Illingworth<br><b>Third umpire:</b> Marais Erasmus<br><b>Match referee:</b> Roshan Mahanama

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