West Indies, the defending champions would be disappointed after their poor performance against India on Sunday and are willing comeback into the tournament against Bangladesh, the home team who came through the qualifiers and will be playing their first match on their Super 10 at the Dhaka’s Shere Bangla National Stadium.
West Indies possess a deep and strong batting line-up with everyone having the ability to smash the ball over the park failed against a disciplined bowling attack of India. Indian bowlers restricted them with swing at the start start and later troubled them with the spinners. Bangladesh do have some good spinning options and will be looking to do the same that India did with the ball to restrict them. But West Indies have a good bowling though as they stretched India while defending a small total taking match to the final over. Bangladesh batsmen must be a bit cautious against their attack as their batting is not consistent and can collapse from a good position.
Bangladesh won their first two games in the Qualifiers against Afghanistan and Nepal. But were given shock by Hong Kong as they paid price for a poor batting display. They will be looking to make a good start in this stage with a victory over West Indies. So we can witness a cracker of game as it is a crucial game for both the teams.
Watch out for:
Anamul Haque has been regarded as one of the most talented budding batsman of Bangladesh. He has been in one of his best of forms as he was among the top 5 leading run scorers during Asia Cup with 227 runs in 4 matches played at an average of 56.75. He continued his form in the qualifiers scoring 112 in 3 games at a Strike rate of 135. Bangladesh will be hoping that he will give a good start.
Opening along Gayle will makes sure that his innings be overshadowed. Smith himself is a devastating hitter. He starts hitting from the first ball unlike Gayle. He is one of those players who maintain perfectness even in smashing the ball. His 29-ball 11 wasn’t of his calibre. Giving the way Indians bowled he struggled to score. Even then he will be hoping to continue his recent form.
Mostly there will be no chances of rain as it is expected to be clear mostly and temperatures between 23 and 32 can be recorded.
This Pitch at Mirpur, Dhaka is once again expected to be on slower side helping the spinners. But the match will be at night and previous two games here at night seen some support for seamers as Indian bowlers played here aginst Pakistan and West Indies got some enough swing to trouble the opposition. With dew coming into play at night, the team winning the toss will have only one option of electing to bowl.
Head to Head:
In the four matches these two teams faced each other both are equalled with 2 each. And in World T20s they faced only once their first T20I encounter in which Bangladesh shocked West Indies to eliminate them. Bangladesh have beaten only West Indies among the top 8 ranked teams.
West Indies coach Gibson at the press conference has shown some belief on his players even after a disappointing loss. But still they have to make a decision on their pacers bowling line-up; whether to bring in the experienced Ravi Rampaul or the pacy Sheldon Cottrell in place of Krishmar Santokie. They may continue with Santokie as Gibson was pretty happy with his performance.
West Indies (probable):
Bangladesh is expecting to make couple of changes to the side that lost to Hong Kong. Rubel Hossain injured may be replaced by Ziaur Rahman and off-spinner Sohag Gazi is set to replace the expensive Farhad Reza. They could also bring back Shamsur Rahman in place of Sabbir Rahman.