The second test of the two-test series between Bangladesh and England gets underway at 5am on Friday 28th October, with England having won the first test by 22 runs. England’s performance in the first test was seen as disappointing by many but, now that Alistair Cook has shook off some of the rust after his rest, an expected improvement in his scoring should see England land odds of 7/10 by wining the second test. However, if you followed last week’s advice to back England to win the series 2-0, then there looks little point backing them to win again, and the top batsman and top bowler markets make more appeal.
Top England Run Scorer
Betting: Alistair Cook 14/5, Ben Duckett 4/1, Joe Root 13/5, Ben Stokes 6/1, Gary Balance 7/1, Moeen Ali 7/1, Johhny Bairstow 15/2, 33/1 bar.
After the first test, it’s hard to make a case for any of Cook, Duckett or Balance, who respectively scored 16, 29 and 10, whilst Joe Root looks a little on the short-side having been dismissed for just 1 in the second innings. Indeed, it was England’s middle order who won England the first test, with Moeen Ali scoring 82, Stokes 103, and Bairstow 99. It’s possible to make a case for backing all 3 of them at the available odds, however I’ll stick my neck on the block with Bairstow who scored well in both innings.
Johnny Bairstow @ 15/2
Top Bangladesh Run Scorer
Betting: Tamim Iqbal 7/2, Imrul Kayes 7/2, Mominul Haque 4/1, Mahmudullah 4/1, Shakib Al Hasan 11/2, Mushfiqur Rahim 13/2, Sabbir Rahma 8/1, 28/1 bar.
In the first test, 6 of the Bangladeshi batsmen made significant contributions, with Iqbal and Rahim joint top-scoring with 87, followed closely by Rahman on 83, Kayes 64, Mahmudullah 55 and Hasan 55. However, it was Iqbal who made the biggest impression with his first innings 78 and he could easily match that and add to it with a better second-innings performance this time.
Tamim Iqbal @ 7/2
Top England Wicket Taker
Betting: Moheen Ali 3/1, Gareth Batty 3/1, Stuart Broad 7/2 Ben Stokes 4/1, Chris Woakes 4/1
Ben Stokes rightly got man of the match in the first test, which is hardly surprising given he scored the most runs and was the leading England wicket-taker. What impressed the most about his bowling though was his economy, with Bangladesh managing to score less than 2 runs an over off him. That made him very frustrating to play against, and it’s hard to imagine that England won’t utilise him at least as much, if not more in the second test – meaning he’ll have a big chance of being leading wicket-taker again.
Ben Stokes @ 4/1