Teams look to build momentum and fix their missing links
Our prediction is West Indies to win the match!
With World cup 2019 arriving in less than a month`s time, both the teams will look to settle on the first XI to take the field and build some form and momentum with wins against each other. West Indies crushed hosts Ireland by massive 195 runs in the first match.
Openers John Campbell and Shai Hope joined together to form a mammoth 365 runs scoring 179 & 170 runs respectively. Rest of the batsmen did not get enough game time in the middle to be tested. Their bowlers dismissed Ireland for a paltry 185 runs and achieved one of the most one-sided victory. Spinner Ashley Nurse took 4 wickets and Speedster Shannon Gabriel had three wickets to his name. West Indies Skipper Jason Holder will be delighted with the performance of his team in the first match. They never give Ireland even a sniff in the match.
Bangladesh team is currently facing some internal issues among their players and they must address the same before the World cup. The best way to move forward from the internal issues is to concentrate on the game inside the cricket field.
They played a practice game against Ireland A to acclimatize to the conditions here. Shakib Al Hasan scored an aggressive fifty and there were little cameos from openers Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmadullah. Their bowlers were taken to cleaners by the Ireland A team as they scored 307 runs in their 50 overs. Taskin Ahmed and Rubel took 2 & 3 wickets respectively in the match. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza decided to rest and did not play in the practice game.
The practice games don`t always have the same intensity as the international matches and it is just an indicator of players form. Bangladesh will look to start their campaign in Tri-series with a win against West Indies team.
John Campbell – Campbell showcased his batting prowess with 179 runs off just 137 balls with 15 boundaries and six maximums. He reminded the selectors what they will miss in the World Cup due to his exclusion in the World cup squad.
Shannon Gabriel – Gabriel has been very impressive with his pace and accuracy with the ball. He has troubled even the best of batsmen in the world cricket now. He had figures of 3/44 in the first match. He is a vital member of the West Indies pace bowling group in the near future.
John Campbell – 179 runs, 137 balls, 15X4s, 6X6s
Shai Hope - 170 runs, 152 balls, 22X4s, 2X6s
Ashley Nurse – bowling figures of 7.4-0-51-4
John Campbell, Shai Hope (wk), Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Jonathan Carter, Sunil Ambris, Jason Holder (c), Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel
Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris , Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase, Shai Hope
Shakib Al Hasan – Shakib Al Hasan - Shakib scored 54 off 43 balls and had bowling figures of 10-1-30-1 in the practice game. Shakib was the only player to shine brightly in the practice game and Bangladesh hugely depends on his performance both with the bat and ball.
Sabbir Rahman – Sabbir Rahman was the lone batsmen to score a century in their last series against New Zealand. He will look to continue his batting form in the Ireland shores too. Sabbir came into the team after a temporary suspension due to disciplinary actions.
Sabbir Rahman – 158 runs, Avg - 52, HS-102, 100s-1
Mustafizur Rahman – 4 wickets at average of 42.8 and economy 6.33 RPO
Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk), Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehdi Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mohammed Mithun/Mohammed Saifuddin, Sabbir Rahman
Mehidy Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza
This match is played on the same pitch where the first match was played. This pitch is good for batting with a lot of runs will be scored here. Teams batting first must score above 300 runs on board to pressurize the chasing team. The match day at Dublin has cloudy overcast conditions with 50% chances of rain.
Both teams will look to chase down the total here. The rain threat, DL equation and the good batting pitch are in favor of batting second. Batting first teams must have a huge score to trouble the chasing team
West Indies has a new-found mojo right from their last series against England. With pitches hugely favoring batting, their line-up for big hitters will enjoy batting here. Bangladesh has a good all-round team with batting and bowling in good stead. But, it is tough for them to match the big-hitting abilities of the West Indies team. So, we expect, Windies to win this match.
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