Man of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh aim to end their losing streak
Our Prediction is Bangladesh to win!
Bangladesh will look to turn their fortunes around when they will face West Indies in the 23rd game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Taunton on Monday.
In their previous meeting between both sides in the tri-nation series final last month, it was Bangladesh who came out on top in a feisty encounter, courtesy stunning knock from all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain.
Bangladesh is currently lying seventh in the league table with 3 points to their name. With their previous game against Sri Lanka abandoned, the side will need to win this game in order to stay relevant in this competition.
In their previous game, West Indies delivered a lackluster batting performance against England. Jason Holder will be hoping that the side can make a strong comeback with bat and ball in this game.
West Indies suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of England in their previous match. Two-time World Cup Champions will need to produce a better batting performance in order to keep their playoff hopes alive in the competition.
Opening batsman Chris Gayle once again failed to capitalize on his good start and scored 36 off 41 balls with the help of five fours and a six. He seriously needs to get a big score for the side in this game.
Nicholas Pooran is the certainly in-form batsman in the lineup and has shown some sort of consistency with the bat in the games played so far in this World Cup. He was the standout performer for West Indies in their previous game played against England. Pooran scored 63 off 7 balls with the help of three boundaries and a six. Left-hander is currently West Indies’ leading run-scorer in the World Cup with 137 runs at an average of 68.50.
The big worry for West Indies has been the form of all-rounders Carlos Brathwaite and Andre Russell, who have not produced runs for the side, even though the latter chipped in with good show with the ball.
The inclusion of pace bowler Shannon Gabriel in place of Kemar Roach proved to correct decision for the team as he picked two wickets and conceded only 49 runs from his seven overs in the previous game played against England.
The 21-year old Oshane Thomas has certainly impressed everyone with his pace in the three games played for West Indies in this World Cup. He is currently taken 6 wickets in 4 matches played in the competition.
Jason Holder (captain), Shai Hope (wk), Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Oshane Thomas, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel
Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell
Mashrafe Mortaza-led unit will be looking to get back to winning ways after suffering from consecutive defeats in the tournament. The side has won only one game out of four played so far in the competition.
In the batting department, the home side will be heavily depending on all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who so far has scored 260 runs in 3 matches at an average of 86.66, and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored 141 runs at an average of 47.00
The biggest concern for the team management will be the lack of runs from the opening pair of Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar. The duo has failed to deliver decent scores so far in the competition. Tamim Iqbal will need to spend time at the crease in order to find his form with the bat. It will be interesting to see if Tamim Iqbal will get a chance to redeem himself in the next match after managing to score just 59 runs in nine matches at an average of 19.67.
All-rounder Mahmudullah has also delivered decent performances for Bangladesh in this World Cup. He has scored 94 runs in 3 matches at an average of 47.00. Bangladesh will be hoping that Mahmudullah can produce a notable score in a must-win game against West Indies. Mohammad Mithun and Mosaddek Hossain have also chipped in with crucial cameos for the side in this competition.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mehedy Hasan Miraaz, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin to deliver crucial breakthroughs in this game. Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan have done a decent job for Bangladesh with the ball in hand.
Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal
The surface prepared at Taunton is going to provide a contest between bat and ball. The quick bowlers will get something out of this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Monday is going to be cloudy skies throughout the day.
The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton has so far hosted two games in this World Cup. It is certainly expected to be a great contest between bat and ball. In their previous meetings in a World Cup game, West Indies have come out on top on three occasions. Bangladesh has yet to win a World Cup game against West Indies.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bowl first on this surface. Chasing might be a much easier option as the pitch will become better for batting in the second half of the game.
Based on current form, Bangladesh will be favorites to win this game. Mashrafe Mortaza and co. have performed exceedingly well in this World Cup. The likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahmudullah will need to produce big scores for Bangladesh in this game.
On the other hand, West Indies batting has been inconsistent in this World Cup and they will need to deliver something special to overcome Bangladesh in this contest.
Expect Bangladesh to beat West Indies in this game.
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