West Indies face Bangladesh in the first of the three-match Test series on Thursday, June 16 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua from 7:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
The West Indies team have played some good Test cricket lately, beating a full-strength England side 1-0 at home. They will fancy their chances against Bangladesh whom they defeated 2-0 in the subcontinent last year.
Meanwhile, this will be the first series for Shakib Al Hasan as captain of the Bangladesh Test team following the resignation of Mominul Haque. The all-rounder will look to make an impact straight away and begin his captaincy tenure on a positive note.
West Indies vs Bangladesh 1st Test odds
Bet365 odds: West Indies: 1.72, Bangladesh: 4.33, Draw: 4.00
10CRIC odds: West Indies: 1.57, Bangladesh: 4.64, Draw: 4.40
Betway odds: West Indies: 1.65, Bangladesh: 4.00, Draw: 4.20
1xBet odds: West Indies: 1.75, Bangladesh: 4.4, Draw: 4.06
Betwinner odds: West Indies: 1.37, Bangladesh: 4.32, Draw: 4
Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.
West Indies vs Bangladesh head-to-head in Tests
West Indies hold the edge in head-to-head records, winning 12 of the 18 Test matches played between the two sides. On the other hand, Bangladesh have won four while two Tests have ended in a draw.
West Indies have won eight of the last 10 Tests against Bangladesh. They have not lost a Test match to Bangladesh at home since August 2009.
West Indies vs Bangladesh 1st Test probable playing XI
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), John Campbell, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Devon Thomas, Joshua Da Silva (wicket-keeper), Gudakesh Motie, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales, Anderson Phillip
Bangladesh: Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Tamim Iqbal, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Litton Das (wicket-keeper), Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain
West Indies vs Bangladesh 1st Test top picks
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite will be a top pick for this fixture. The West Indies captain was the leading run-getter with 341 runs across three Tests against England in the last Test series and will look to lead from the front once again in the upcoming fixture.
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan will be the player to watch out for. The all-rounder has a good record against the West Indies with 813 runs at an average of 45 and has also picked 46 wickets across 11 Tests. Bangladesh will pin their hopes on their newly appointed skipper to deliver with both the bat and ball against the formidable Caribbean side.
West Indies vs Bangladesh 1st Test prediction
West Indies have a good record at home against Bangladesh and will start the series as favourites.
However, Bangladesh who start a new era under skipper Shakib Al Hasan are expected to give a tough fight to the West Indies and try to avenge their previous series loss.
West Indies vs Bangladesh 1st Test playing conditions and weather report
Maximum Temperature: 28°C
Wind: 23 km/h