Bangladesh likely to go with ‘8 specialist batsmen’ in Chittagong Test

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The hosts Bangladesh have been thrashed the visitors by 20 runs to take lead against mighty Australia in the two-match Test series by 1-0. As a result, Bangladesh are confident and well ahead of Australia on the eve of second and series decider Test in Chittagong. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ আট বিশেষজ্ঞ ব্যাটসম্যান নিয়ে খেলবে বাংলাদেশ!]

The series decider Test match is slated to begin from this Monday. The match is scheduled to start from 10 am in Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Despite winning the first Test, Bangladesh won’t go with the same playing XI in Chittagong.

According to the sources of team management, it has been learnt, Bangladesh cricket team’s coach Chandika Hathurusingha is thinking to change the playing XI of Chittagong Test from the first Test match. Bowlers did well against the Aussies in Dhaka Test but batsmen were not up to the mark. Hence, the head coach is giving more priority upon the batting strength of Bangladesh eve of Chittagong Test.

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Mominul Haque who missed the last two Test matches, is all set to make a comeback in the playing XI. He will be added in the playing XI with an aim of enhancing batting strength. He is likely to play at number 4. Although Imrul Kayes failed to prove his worth in the first Test, he is going to get another chance and likely to bat at number 3 position while Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal are all set to open the innings one more time.

Sabbir Rahman who batted at number 4 during the first innings of Dhaka Test is likely to bat at no.7 position in Chittagong Test. In the meantime, Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim will bat at number four and number five positions. Nasir Hossain and Mehidy Hasan Miraz are likely to bat on number 8 and 9 positions.

To be mentioned, Bangladesh are likely to feature against the mighty Australia in Chittagong Test with 8 specialist batsmen, three spinners and a pacer!