SAMMY WANTS SERIES SWEEP
West Indies captain, Darren Sammy reiterated yesterday that West Indies are in Bangladesh to win the Test series 2-0, despite appearing more relaxed in Khulna than in Dhaka.
The second Test was scheduled to start at 11.30 last night (T&T time).
"We had optional practice yesterday (Monday) and most of the guys are little bit relaxed and well rested. We are here to do better than what we did in the last game," Sammy said. "Last year we drew the first Test, this year we won it. We have one more Test to go and we'd do everything to win this Test match. We want to win the series 2-0."
Sammy also asked Bangladesh to remain patient, adding that West Indies have been going through a similar phase of not being able to force a favourable result from promising situations in Tests.
"You see the No. 1 ranked team gets defeated by No. 4 ranked team. It is ultimately about how you go out and play on the pitch. A team must have patience, consistency and discipline in their approach.
"On a last day pitch, chasing 250-plus is a difficult task. I think it is all in the experience for both teams. We have been in similar situations so it's good that we are developing," he said.
Despite Bangladesh's runs, West Indies did bowl out the home side twice in the first Test, a point Sammy made to remind the Bangladesh batsmen, led by the aggressive Tamim Iqbal at the top of the order, to be on alert.
"I have always watched Tamim [Iqbal] score runs quickly. We have a lot of aggressive players in our line-up too. I expect them to come hard at us, but if we stick to our line and lengths, we believe we could get 20 wickets," Sammy said.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is confident his team will improve on their first Test performance.
"We played well over five days against a very good attack and we bowled them out once," Mushfiqur said at the pre-match press conference in Khulna. "So we have the confidence from the positives in the first Test. It's not pressure, but we do expect to play well in Khulna.
"Playing well in Dhaka and scoring over 500 runs, it was a huge relief because we were playing after 11 months. At the same time, we are not taking the loss lightly. It is a mixture of satisfaction and disappointment, what happened in the first and second innings.
"It is a huge moment for Khulna," Mushfiqur continued. "It is a good wicket, helps batsmen, and from the third or fourth day, it helps the spinners. The bounce is good, true, so the pace bowlers will get help."
Bangladesh will again have to prove they can be competitive, and for two Tests in a row. It's something they have done on a few occasions, but not often at home. The expectations have weighed them down in the past, but they are capable of showing more consistency.