Our prediction is Bangladesh will win and take a lead 1-0.
The test series ended as a one-sided contest with Bangladesh winning 2-0 after an innings defeat in the second test. Now it is time for the ODI series and West Indies would be hoping to make a mark. The hosts Bangladesh has risen their stakes in the ODI format and have become a tough team to beat especially in their backyard. Bangladesh has lost just one series to England out of their last seven home bilateral series. They have beaten India, South Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe(twice) in that time frame. Bangladesh Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will try to finalize their team composition before they arrive at the World cup next year. Their top order comprises of Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar and Liton das. The experienced All-rounders Shakib and Mahmudullah with keeper Mushfiqur Rahim form the core of the middle order. On the bowling front, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman will support Mortaza in the pace department. Mehidi Hasan, Nazmal Islam along with Shakib take control of spin department.
West Indies have been downslide in their cricket in recent times and are in uphill task of rehabilitation phase for quite a long time. They put up a good show against India for the first three ODIs before falling apart in the last couple of ODIs. West Indies will dearly miss their full-time captain Jason Holder and Rovmann Powell takes up captaincy for the first time. Their batting line up consists of promising players such as Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Roston chase, Fabian Allen accompanied by experienced Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo. The fast bowlers Carlos Brathwaite, Oshane Thomas, Keemo Paul and Kemar Roach showed a lot of improvement in their last series and would like to strangle the Bangladeshi batsmen. Devendra Bishoo is the lone spinner in the squad. All-rounders Fabian Allen, Roston Chase and Samuels will share the spin bowling duties.
Tamim Iqbal will be back into the side and is expected to open the batting with Liton Das. They might go in with three spinners Shakib, Mehdi Hasan and Nazmul Islam.
Tamim Iqbal – The stylish left hander played a scintillating knock in the practice game against the WI and will be looking to provide some explosive starts at the top
Soumya Sarkar – Sarkar too is in good form with centuries in his last ODI and practice game. Sarkar once gets set will look for a big knock to continue his rich vein of form.
Mustafizur Rahman – Mustafizur would like to fine tune his bowling skills with his cutters and slower ones. He would love to deceive the batsmen with his variations.
Mushfiqur Rahim – 637 runs at average of 49 (100s-1, 50s-3, HS-144)
Mustafizur Rahman – 24 wickets at average of 20.8 (BB -4/43)
Mashrafe Mortaza (C) , Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk), Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehdi Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam.
Darren Bravo is expected to be back in the playing XI. There would be toss-up between Oshane Thomas and Brathwaite for a pacers slot. Allen, Chase, Bishoo will take up spin bowling department.
Shimron Hetmyer – Hetmyer has set the stage on fire recently with his ability to hit sixes. He showed his big hitting even in the test series against Bangladesh.
Roston Chase – He has been a big find for the West Indies who can score big runs and complete his quota of 10 overs. He is a complete all-rounder.
Devandra Bishoo – Bishoo would want to prove his credentials as a lead spinner in the team. He had a horrendous tour of India ODI series. Further pitches in Bangladesh may aid his bowling.
Shimron Hetmyer – 707 runs at average of 47.13 (100s-3, 50s-2, HS-127)
Kemar Roach – 14 wickets at average of 31.4 (BB -4/47)
Rovman Powell (C) , Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (Wk), Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Roston Chase, Fabien Allen, Devandra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Carlos Braithwaite/Oshane Thomas.
The match is scheduled to start at local time 12.30 PM local time. Dhaka ground has traditionally provided balance between the bat and ball. And the pitch is expected to slow down as the match progresses. The weather at Dhaka is bright and sunny with no rains expected on the match day. The scores around 250-270 runs will be a good target.
Batting first is easier in the Dhaka pitch as the slow nature of the pitch. Teams batting first will put the opposition bowlers under the afternoon heat. Chasing under lights also becomes difficult. So, Bat first is best option at Dhaka stadium.