Dhaka: Bangladesh and the West Indies hope to master the slow, dry pitch with an improved batting display when the series-deciding second and final Test starts in Dhaka on Saturday.
Mushfiqur Rahim, leading Bangladesh in his first Test series, said the hosts were focussed on putting in an all-round effort instead of worrying out the wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
"We are not too much worried about the wicket," the wicketkeeper-batsman said on Friday. "We want to put as many runs as possible on the board if we bat first, or take 10 wickets before they put up a big total.
Bangladesh's left-arm spinners Elias Sunny and Shakib Al Hasan claimed 11 of the 12 West Indies wickets to fall in the rain-hit opening Test in Chittagong which ended in a draw.
The spin duo helped Bangladesh gain a 106-run lead when they restricted the West Indies to 244 in reply to the hosts' 350-9 declared in the first innings.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy hoped his batsmen had learnt a good lesson on how to play spin and would be better prepared for the Dhaka Test.
Sammy said his side was determined to win the decider and complete a double on the tour after having clinched the one-day series.
The West Indies did well at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium during the early part of the tour by winning the first two one-dayers to wrap up the three-match series.
West Indies will sweat on the fitness of Chanderpaul and Simmons. If either of them misses out, Kieran Powell will expect to come into the XI. Bishoo also had an injury scare in the latter stages of the first Test, but is expected to be available in Mirpur. Darren Bravo, Brathwaite and Kirk Edwards may have done just enough to hold onto their spots.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Keiran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Lendl Simmons.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Raqibul Hasan, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Shuvagata Hom, Elias Sunny.
Pitch and conditions
The seamers excelled in the ODIs that were held in Mirpur, while stroke-players like Simmons enjoyed the ball coming onto the bat. Traditionally, seamers have averaged 33.50 runs per wicket here, which is over five runs less than the corresponding number for spinners. There's no rain forecast through the course of the match, and temperatures are expected to be in the high 20s.
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October 29 - November 2, 2011
Start time 0930 local (0330 GMT)