Inexperienced West Indies’ challenge on dusty tracks in Bangladesh
Bangladesh to win
A full-strength Bangladeshi side would be confident as they take on a young and inexperienced West Indies in the first game of the three-match ODI series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. This will be the first game in this format of the game for the hosts in almost a year and they would be looking to start off well and exploit the weaknesses of their opponents.
The tour has started on a challenging note for the West Indies with 10 of their key players including regular skipper Kieron Pollard pulling out of it with Covid-19 concerns. Most of the players in the squad are young and inexperienced and they are likely to struggle in these alien conditions. It will be interesting to see if these players are able to surprise the hosts in this game and take an early lead in the series.
Tamim Iqbal would want his side to resume ODI cricket after the long break with a good performance. The skipper would be confident going into this game with a full-strength squad at his disposal. They need to stick to their basics to make this young West Indies’ squad struggle. It is their game to lose and the skipper wouldn’t want any form of complacency from his players.
Their batting line-up is formidable with Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das opening the batting and they would look to take on West Indies’ inexperienced attack early on. The middle order gains strength with Shakib Al Hasan’s return and the presence of Mushfiqur Rahim and Soumya Sarkar adds to their confidence. Mahmudullah, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mehidy Hasan are good hitters of the ball and they would look to provide the side with a good finish.
The new ball attack of Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed shall look to make use of the new ball well in this game. Saifuddin will have to bowl well as a fist change bowler in this game. The spin trio of Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan and Taijul Islam would be expected to trouble the opponents and make use of these conditions as West Indies’ batsmen have struggled against spin bowling in the past.
Tamim Iqbal (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan
Hasan Mahmud, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Najmul Hossain Shanto
Jason Mohammad has a big challenge at hand as leads a young side into this game. Mohammad has so far led his side in one ODI game and this would be the biggest test for his leadership skills. There are few promising players in this squad and this would be baptism through fire for them and the young skipper would want his players to stand up to this challenge.
Sunil Ambris and Mohammad would have to do well at the top being the most experienced players in the squad. Rovman Powell would also have big responsibilities on his shoulder going into this contest. The likes of Kyle Mayers, Akeal Hosein, Nkrumah Bonner and Joshua Da Silva would have to come up with their contributions down the order for the side to do well here in this game.
Alzarri Joseph has to strike early along with Keon Harding as most of their bowlers do not have much of experience in bowling on sub continental tracks. Bonner and Akeal Hosein would have an important role to play in the middle overs given the kind of strength Bangladesh has in its squad.
Jason Mohammad (c), Sunil Ambris, Joshua Da Silva, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Andre McCarthy, Nkrumah Bonner, Chemar Holder, Keon Harding, Akeal Hosein, Keon Harding
Akeal Hosein, Joshua Da Silva, Sunil Ambris, Nkrumah Bonner, Alzarri Joseph, Rovman Powell, Kyle Mayers, Raymon Reifer, Jason Mohammed, Andre McCarthy, Chemar Holder
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||1.94 k/h||From: SSE||45%|
|03h||19||0 mm.||2.8 k/h||From: SSE||87%|
|06h||22||0.12 mm.||4.05 k/h||From: S||93%|
|09h||27||0.25 mm.||3.36 k/h||From: S||32%|
|12h||21||1.03 mm.||4.16 k/h||From: SSE||41%|
|15h||19||0.71 mm.||2.71 k/h||From: SSE||1%|
|18h||19||0 mm.||2.99 k/h||From: S||1%|
|21h||18||0 mm.||1.36 k/h||From: WSW||0%|
The weather would be warm with clear skies over Dhaka on January 20. The pitch would be good for batting as we have seen in the past at this venue where the ball comes onto the bat nicely. Spinners would find lot of assistance as the ball gets old. The side that bats first in this game would have to target a score in excess of 300 runs to win the game here.
Shere Bangla National Stadium has one of the finest batting wickets in Bangladesh where the batsmen have scored lots of runs as the track is good one to bat on and the outfield lightning fast. There isn’t much in there for the fast bowlers on this surface but spinners have done well here in the past as there is lot of turn and bounce on offer.
Its early winters and there would be the dew factor that both the sides would be taking into account. Bowling second on this track would be difficult with a wet ball especially for the spinners and hence we believe the side that wins the toss in this game would like to bowl first on this track.
West Indies haven’t been great tourists in the recent years and they face a formidable challenge in this game. Most of their players don’t have much experience in these conditions and shall have to show lot of character to do well in this game. Bangladesh have all their bases covered and playing on familiar conditions the side would start as outright favorites to win this game.
Bangladesh to win