Our Prediction is Bangladesh to win!
Hosts Bangladesh will be looking to their form around when they will face West Indies in the 2nd T20I game of the series in Mirpur on Thursday. The home side will eye a comeback in this game in order to level the T20I series. In the opening game of the series, West Indies inflicted a crushing win over Bangladesh and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
The visitors produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets. Sheldon Cottrell picked up four wickets with the ball to restrict Bangladesh to a below-par score. Shai Hope continued his good form and chipped in with a half-century to steer West Indies to a comfortable victory.
In the batting department, the team will be depending on the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, who has been Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer this year with 395 runs at an average of 35.90. Rahim suffered a rare failure in the opening game and will be keen to score runs in this contest.
Opener Tamim Iqbal will eye a big score in this game after doing not much with the bat in Sylhet. Mahmudullah also will be crucial with the bat as he is player who can score quickly in the later stages of the innings.
Shakib Al Hasan scored 61 runs off 43 balls with the help of eight boundaries. All-rounder played valiant innings to help Bangladesh post a decent total on the board.
In the bowling department, the team is heavily dependent on left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman, who has been Bangladesh’s leading wicket-taker this year with 16 wickets at an average of 22.62. Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraaz and Abu Hider will need to improve with the ball after going wicketless in the first game.
Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mehidy Hasan Miraaz, Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Abu Hider, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Ariful Haque.
The visitors will be looking to continue their good form in this game after winning the T20 series opener. In the batting department, West Indies will be relying on the form of wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope, who scored 55 runs off 23 balls in the first game. Hope is certainly the in-form player for the side on this tour and once again put in a crucial performance with the bat to help West Indies take lead in the T20I series.
Nicholas Pooran and Kemo Paul also produced cameos in the first game of the T20I series against Bangladesh.
The team’s biggest disappointment so far is the form of left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who has done much with the bat on this tour.
In the bowling department, the team will be heavily dependent on the likes of Oshane Thomas and Kemo Paul, who bowled well in the first game of the series. Left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell was the star performer with the ball and picked up four wickets in Sylhet.
Evin Lewis, Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Shai Hope, Kemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Oshane Thomas, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen.
The pitch prepared for the second game of T20I series will be good for batting. There will be assistance for spinners. The weather is expected to be a good one for the game. It will certainly depend on the curator, as he has prepared belters in the past as well.
The Shere Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur has been not been a ground for Bangladesh in the T20 format. Bangladesh has only managed to win seven games out of 20 played at the venue in the 20-over format. Hosts Bangladesh lost their last game against Sri Lanka played at this venue in February 2018
Both the sides will be looking to bowl first in this game. It tends to get easier to bat in the second half of the innings. The last three games have been won by sides that have batted second in the game. Bangladesh will be hoping to win the toss and restrict West Indies to a modest total.
There is no denying that West Indies have been inconsistent in the T20 format. Hosts Bangladesh will make a strong comeback in this game after losing the series opener in Sylhet. They will need to raise their game with the bat to level the three-match T20I series.
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