Bangladesh eye historic series win against West Indies
Our Prediction is Bangladesh to win the match!
Bangladesh will be looking to create history when they will face Bangladesh in the finals of Ireland Tri-nation series at Malahide Cricket Ground in Dublin on Friday.
If Bangladesh achieves the much-needed win at Malahide Cricket Ground, it will be the first time ever when Mashrafe Mortaza and co. have been able to clinch a tri-nation series win on foreign soil in the 50-over format.
Bangladesh has played excellent cricket so far in this tri-nation series and managed to win three games out of four played in the preliminary stages. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza will be hoping that side can deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball in the finals against West Indies.
On the other hand, West Indies will be looking to win their first one-day series since 2014. Captain Jason Holder will be focused that the side can bring their best game with bat and ball and beat Bangladesh in the finals of the tri-nation series.
Mashrafe Mortaza-led unit comfortably brushed aside Ireland in their previous game played on Wednesday. The side will be looking to maintain their standards with bat and ball in order to beat West Indies to clinch tri-nation series trophy.
The team management might bring in wicket-keeper Liton Das in place of Shakib Al Hasan, who suffered side strain in the previous game. The final call will be taken on Friday as Bangladesh will be hoping that Shakib clears the fitness and available for the finals of the competition.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim to do the bulk of the scoring. Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer so far in this competition with 158 runs at an average of 52.66. He showed good form in the previous game against Ireland and smashed 57 off 53 balls with the help of nine boundaries. Bangladesh will be hoping that Iqbal can produce something special to help Bangladesh clinch the coveted trophy.
Liton Das looked in good form with the bat and scored 76 off 67 balls with the help of nine fours and a six. He might be slotted into the playing XI if in case Shakib fails to clear the fitness.
The likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar have chipped in with crucial scores for the side in this tri-nation series. The experienced players will need to contribute in order for Bangladesh to put up a competitive score on the board.
Mahmudullah and Mohammad Mithun will need to contribute with the bat for Bangladesh in this final. The duo has gone through a lean run in this competition and will be looking to make an impression against West Indies.
In the bowling department, the onus will be once again on the likes of Mashrafe Mortaza, in particular, to lead from the front with the new-ball. Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, and Mehidy Hasan Miraaz are prominent bowling options for the finals of the competition.
Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das/Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza
The side has done a decent job in this tri-nation series in the absence of key players like Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetymer. Captain Jason Holder will be hoping that the side can raise their game with the bat and ball to win their first one-day series since 2014.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the in-form wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope, who is the leading run-scorer in the competition with 396 runs in 4 matches at an average of 99.00. He has smashed two centuries in this tri-nation series. The team management will be hoping that Shai Hope will continue his great form with the bat, which can help West Indies clinch the tri-nation series.
Besides Hope, the likes of Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, and Sunil Ambris will need to produce decent scores in order for West Indies to overcome Bangladesh in this final. Sunil Ambris has done a decent job with the bat for West Indies at the top of the innings. He has scored 209 runs in 4 matches at an average of 69.66. Ambris will be keen to produce a notable score in this game.
The biggest disappointment has been the form of Darren Bravo, who has struggled to score runs in this tri-series. Left-hander has managed to only 33 runs in 4 matches at an average of 11.00. Bravo will need to spend time at the crease to find a form with the bat for West Indies.
All-rounder Holder has chipped in with crucial scores for the side so far in this tournament. In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the new-ball pair of Shannon Gabriel and Sheldon Cottrell to make provide crucial breakthroughs. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse has shown excellent form for West Indies so far in this tri-series and claimed 7 wickets at an average of 26.71.
Shai Hope (wk), Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder (captain), Jonathan Carter, Shannon Gabriel, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell.
Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris , Jonathan Carter, Ashley Nurse, Jason Holder, Raymon Reifer, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Fabian Allen
The wicket prepared for the game will be decent for batting. The quick bowlers might some movement off the pitch with the new-ball. The weather forecast for the game on Friday is going to be cloudy skies throughout the game.
Malahide Cricket Club Ground in Ireland has hosted a lot of international games in the past. Bangladesh will take heart from the fact they have beaten West Indies in the previous game played at this venue. Bangladesh has won two games out of four played at Malahide Cricket Club Ground.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. The average score at Malahide in the last five games has been 250 runs. Majority of the games have been won by side batting second.
Bangladesh has shown excellent form in this tri-nation series and will certainly start as favorites to win this final against West Indies. The side will be hoping that the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahmudullah can come to the party with the bat in this final and help them clinch the coveted prize. On the other hand, West Indies have looked heavily reliant on the likes of Shai Hope and Sunil Ambris to produce runs with the bat. The side will need to raise their game with the bat if they want to push Bangladesh in this contest.
Expect Bangladesh to beat West Indies to clinch the tri-series.
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