The obvious contenders for the finals will meet to prove their superiority
Our prediction is Bangladesh to win this pre-final match!
The ODI fixtures of Bangladesh and West Indies were planned to get ready for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. They both would want to conclude the series as victors and get the momentum and confidence before the beginning of the World Cup.
Bangladesh looks stronger and superior against West Indies, particularly in the One Day format. Their bowling attack and top-order batsmen’s solid performance led them to the eight-wicket win over West Indies in the second match of the tri-series.
Though West Indies are at the top of the table, Bangladesh has played one match less and it is likely they would surpass West Indies in the group round. As maximum points Ireland can gain is 4, Bangladesh and West Indies already made to the finals. Both teams would try to get an edge by winning this game. It is more important for West Indies to win this game to avenge their recent ODI losses against Bangladesh.
Despite Shai Hope’s century, West Indies tasted the defeat against Bangladesh in their previous encounter in the tournament. In the past four years,West Indies have not won a single ODI series. Against Bangladesh too they faced defeat in the ODI series twice. After 2014, they have just two wins against Bangladesh, in 6 games.
In the first match of the tournament, Shai Hope (170) and John Campbell (179) registered the biggest opening partnership. They missed the record of highest partnership for any wicket by just 7 wickets. After posting humongous 381, they defeated Ireland with the big margin of 196 runs. After the loss to Bangladesh, West Indies defeated Ireland by 5 wickets, this time chasing 327 runs with 13 balls to spare thanks to Sunil Ambris’ 148 runs in 126 balls.
Shai Hope’s recent form is phenomenal with 1066 runs in last 18 innings at the average of 71.06. Hetmyer who recently excelled in IPL scored 627 runs in last 15 ODI innings. O Thomas is the key bowler for West Indies with 15 wickets in last 8 ODIs at the average of 27.53. The all-rounder Jason Holder has the ability to change the course of the game with the bat as well as the ball. For West Indies to defeat Bangladesh, these players need to put up a collective show.
JO Holder (c), SD Hope (wk), SW Ambris, DM Bravo, RL Chase, JL Carter, FA Allen, AR Nurse, KAJ Roach, SS Cottrell, ST Gabriel
Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris , Jonathan Carter, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Raymon Reifer, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Fabian Allen
Bangladesh in the past four years has won 7 out of 16 ODI series, that includes series wins against India, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and West Indies. They clinched ODI series against West Indies twice in past four years, one in Bangladesh and the other in West Indies, aggregating 4-2 match results.
Bangladesh won their first match in the tournament against West Indies, they chased down 261 runs comfortably with 30 balls to spare thanks to half-centuries by Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan. Mashrafe Mortaza’s 3 for 49 and Mohammad Saifuddin’s 2 for 47 had helped Bangladesh to restrict West Indies to 261. They were all prepared to daunt Ireland on May 9, but the scheduled match was abandoned due to rain. After this match, they will once again meet Ireland before the final.
Among the batsmen, Mushfiqur Rahim is Bangladesh's top scorer 706 runs in last 18 innings with the average of 54.30, followed by Tamim Iqbal who amassed 522 in previous 11 matches, with the average of 65.25. Mustafizur Rahman is the key bowler as he has taken 28 wickets in past 17 innings and Mortaza has 24 wickets in past 19 innings. These players hold the key for the success against West Indies
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman
Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Abu Jayed, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza
The venue for this match is The Village, Malahide, Dublin. The highest total posted on this ground is 377 posted by Sri Lanka against Ireland, while the lowest total here is 82, by Ireland against Pakistan. The average first and second inning scored are 248 and 213. The highest total chase is 331 while the lowest defended is 289.
The pitch looks good for batting throughout the match and chasing seems a better option. The team winning the toss should field first.
West Indies played quite well in the series, especially against Ireland, but against a mighty batting line up of Bangladesh, their bowlers seem ineffective. The overall records of West Indies are not in their favour against Bangladesh. Also, West Indies batsmen are not able to endure the impactful bowling unit of Bangladesh led by Mashrafe Mortaza and fail to perform collectively. Also, the recent statistics are completely in favour of Bangladesh, thus we predict Bangladesh will win the match against West Indies to increase their tally and gain a psychological advantage before the final.
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