Young West Indies squad’s battle to level the series
Bangladesh to win
The script followed as expected in the 1st ODI of the 3-match series as the hosts Bangladesh overwhelmed the young and inexperienced West Indies side by 6 wickets. The victory margin would show that game closer than it really was as it was a walk in the park for the hosts. Right from the start of the game the hosts dominated and there was never even the slightest glimmer of hope for the visitors.
West Indies have come to Bangladesh with a young and inexperienced side and it is now a big challenge for them to match up to the challenge thrown at them. Their lack of experience in these conditions was on full display in the last game. A win for them here would be a fairytale comeback and it remains to be seen if the young players in the side are up for this challenge.
Tamim Iqbal couldn’t have asked for a better resumption of ODI cricket for his side as they won the first game convincingly by 6 wickets. It was tremendous effort from his bowlers who put West Indies under the dock right from the start of the game. Iqbal would be expecting a similar show from his players as they go into this game and aim at winning the series 2-0.
Tamim Iqbal did well in the last game though Liton Das looked bit rusty and the pair would look to put up a good opening stand here. Najmul Hossain Shanto missed out in the last game and he would have to score runs here. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim bring lot of experience to this middle order. With Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar to follow there is good firepower at the depth for the side.
Mustafizur Rahman got under the skin of the West Indies batsmen in the last game and he would look to repeat the same show here with the new ball along with Rubel Hossain. Shakib was brilliant and so was Hasan Mahmud and they would be eager to do the same in this game. With Mehidy Hasan getting his turn off the surface they have a good attack to win the game.
Tamim Iqbal (c), Liton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
|S Al Hasan||19||43||1||0||44.19|
|S Al Hasan||7.2||2||8||4||1.09|
|S Al Hasan||7.2||2||8||4||1.09|
Mehidy Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal
All that Jason Mohammad would be expecting here is for his side to show some character. They are the underdogs in the series but the kind of batting effort they came up with in the last game does raise questions about their temperament. The side would need to recover from this loss and compete in this game. A win here can do wonders to their confidence.
Sunil Ambris and Joshua Da Silva can’t afford another poor show and need to provide the side with a good start. Kyle Mayers played well in the last game but the side would need runs from Andrew McCarthy and Jason Mohammad. Rovman Powell did show his talent and he would be expected to do the big hitting down the order alongside Nkrumah Bonner and Raymon Reifer.
Alzarri Joseph impressed in the last game but he will need good support from Chemar Holder at the other end with the new ball. Akeal Hosein troubled the Bangladeshis and the side would have big expectations from him here. The likes of Mohammad, Bonner and McCarthy will have to play good supporting acts given the kind of strength the hosts have in the batting department.
Jason Mohammed (c), Sunil Ambris, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Andre McCarthy, Nkrumah Bonner, Rovman Powell, Kyle Mayers, Raymon Reifer, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Chemar Holder
Akeal Hosein, Sunil Ambris, Nkrumah Bonner, Alzarri Joseph, Rovman Powell, Kyle Mayers, Kjorn Ottley, Joshua Da Silva, Raymon Reifer, Jason Mohammed, Andre McCarthy
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||16||0 mm.||0.93 k/h||From: SSE||46%|
|03h||19||0 mm.||0.58 k/h||From: SE||19%|
|06h||25||0 mm.||1.08 k/h||From: WSW||6%|
|09h||26||0 mm.||1.24 k/h||From: WNW||1%|
|12h||22||0 mm.||0.91 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|15h||20||0 mm.||2.3 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|18h||18||0 mm.||1.21 k/h||From: N||0%|
|21h||17||0 mm.||0.57 k/h||From: N||0%|
The skies over Dhaka would be clear on January 22 and the conditions would be warm and humid at the start of the game. Ball comes on to the bat nicely at the start of the game allowing batsmen to play their strokes freely. Spinners do well here and any score in excess of 280 runs would be a good one on this surface for the side batting first.
Shere Bangla National Stadium has a good batting surface and over the years we have seen batsmen succeed here with the fast outfield offering plenty of scoring opportunities. Fast bowlers need to use their variations to succeed but spinners do here as there is plenty of assistance for them from the track.
The pitch has something in there for the fast bowlers as we had seen in the last where the new ball does a bit. Given the weather conditions there would be dew in the air during the second innings which will make it tough for the bowlers and hence we expect the side winning the toss to have no hesitation in bowling first.
West Indies have started the tour on a disappointing note. Their batsmen looked clueless on the last game as far as building partnerships is concerned. They will have to overcome the mental challenge to compete in this game and level the series. Bangladesh on the other hand executed their game plan well in the last game and look in good form at the moment and they would start favorites here to seal the series in two straight games.
Bangladesh to win