With these teams meeting on Friday in the final of this tri-series, the meeting on Monday at the Village Oval in Dublin between the West Indies and Bangladesh will merely serve as the entrée.
It has been almost five years and 79 ODI matches since the West Indies last enjoyed a series victory with the white ball, but snapping that streak is a real possibility in a few day’s time in what would be a perfect confidence boost for next month’s World Cup.
And what better way to prepare for the series finale than the players riding high on the back of the team’s highest ever successful ODI run chase (331/5) just two days ago, producing that victory with 13 balls to spare.
Sunil Ambris’ century as opener against Ireland and John Campbell’s 179-run effort last week were both huge pluses for the Windies. Yet it does give their selectors some headaches with Shai Hope and Chris Gayle also in the mix, and means it should be interesting to see the opening line up come match one of the World Cup.
With one win (an eight-wicket victory over the Windies) and a washed out result from their two matches played this series, Bangladesh enter the contest brimming with confidence. Not only did every bowler snare a wicket when these two teams played last week, but the four batsmen who walked into the middle all made solid scores.
With Bangladesh having won five of the last seven H2H contests, owning a 10-3 record from their last 13 matches played in the northern hemisphere, plus holding an undefeated record at the Village Oval, the signs all indicate another positive showing from the Tigers.
WI vs BAN Probable XI
West Indies Probable XI
Shai Hope (wk), Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder (C), Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel
Bangladesh Probable XI
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman
WI vs BAN ODI – Players to watch out for
Shakib Al Hasan is currently riding a back-to-back fifty streak after his 61 from 61 balls not out against West Indies. His expected middle overs duel against Kemar Roach, who has yet to take a wicket this series (0/92), will be pivotal.
The team batting second here has a slight 7-5 lead in completed matches.
Of the 16 scheduled matches at the Village Oval, 25% have been abandoned or have ended in a no result.
From their last ten matches at a neutral venue, Bangladesh hold a 6-4 record.
In seven ODI bats as an opener, Shai Hope has scored four centuries and one fifty. After averaging 64.60 & 85.50 in 2017/18, Tamim Iqbal’s average in 2019 is just 22.50.