West Indies: LWLLL
Our prediction is West Indies will win the series 2-1!
Both the teams having won a match apiece have taken the series into the last T20I as the series decider. Bangladesh scored more than 200+ runs and secured a comfortable win in the last T20I to level the series. Their Skipper has been in superb form both with the bat and ball and lead from the front. On the batting front, Liton Das, Mahmadulluh and Soumya Sarkar has been in good touch and scored runs at a healthy strike rate. They would expect their experienced duo of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim to be amongst the runs with the bat. Their bowling has been their weakest suit for them in this series. Their bowlers have leaked runs in both the matches barring Shakib who took a five-fer in the second T20I. Mehdi hasan and Mustafizur with all their experience must take control of the run flow during their bowling.
Bangladesh don’t want to miss a chance to win a series against the mighty West Indies team. Sheldon Cotrell has been their lead bowler and has been amongst the wickets. Keemo Paul, Captain Brathwaite and Oshane Thomas has lend good support to him.
West Indies are all together a different team when it comes to the T20Is. Yeah, they are the defending champions of the T20 World Cup. After thumping Bangladesh in the first T20I, they lost the second game by 36 runs. They have enviable batting line up with a host of explosive batsmen. Shai hope has been in a purple patch and is scoring runs on every opportunity he has been presented with. Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis, Rovmann Powell and Keemo Paul has performed well with the bat. Their bowlers had a mixed outing across the two matches and would like the replicate their performance from the first T20I. Fabian Allen is the lone spinner in their playing XI.
After losing both the test and ODI series, West Indies would love to win the T20I series before returning home.
Liton Das – Liton Das set the tone with his aggressive batting in the last T20I and he would like to give an explosive start again in this match.
Shakib Al Hasan – Shakib has been their leading wicket taker and run scorer in this series for Bangladesh. He has been main link in the team in both the departments.
Mustafizur Rahman – Mustafizur has been leaking runs in both the T20Is at the economy of over 12+ RPO. He must lead the bowling attack from the front with his performance.
Stats from the series:
Shakib Al Hasan – 103 runs at strike rate of 149 (HS – 61, 50s -1) & 5 wickets at economy of 6.6 RPO
Liton Das – 66 runs at strike rate of 169 (HS – 60, 50s -1)
Shakib Al Hasan (C) , Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk), Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehdi Hasan Miraz, Ariful Haque, Abu Hider, Mohammed Saifuddin/Rubel Hossain
Rubel Hossain may get a game in the place of Mohammed Saiffudin in the playing XI. Apart from these no other changes are expected in the playing XI.
Shai Hope – Hope has been unstoppable and scoring runs at every match he plays. He will look to make runs while in rich vein of form continues.
Nicholas Pooran – Pooran has made very useful runs with the bat and he scores runs at a good rate which helps the team momentum to get going.
Sheldon Cottrell – Cottrell has been the best bowler of the tournament so far. He strangled the Bangladeshi batting line up in the first match with his four-fer.
Stats from the series:
Shai Hope – 93 runs at strike rate of 217 (HS – 55, 50s -1)
Sheldon Cotrell – 6 wickets at an economy 8.25 RPO
Carlos Brathwaite(C) , Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (Wk), Nicholas Pooran, Keemo Paul, Oshane Thomas, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cotrell, Rovmann Powell, Darren Bravo
West Indies are expected to go in with the same Playing XI. No changes are expected unles an injury at the last minute before the game.
Dhaka Ground is known to good pace and carry. And the runs are expected to flow at Dhaka as seen in the last T20I where more than 200 runs are scored. Dew factor may be a concern due to the evening start. Bowling second becomes difficult if due sets in. Another high scoring match is expected.
With due factor and batting favourable conditions in consideration, both teams would like to bat second. Target even excess of 200+ runs are not safe in this ground unless the bowlers bowl in good areas.