As the World Cup (WC) ramps up in intensity, Bangladesh (W1, L2, NR1) and the West Indies (W1, L2, NR1) compete in a ‘must win’ match for both teams at Taunton. Despite the Windies placing just ahead of Bangladesh in the ICC ODI rankings, the ‘Tigers’ have won the last four H2Hs on the spin.
The ‘Men in Maroon’, winners of the 1975 and 1979 editions, come into this match on the back of a heavy eight-wicket defeat at the hands of tournament favourites England. Batting first they managed just 212 all out in 44.4 overs, with Nicholas Pooran top scoring after his maiden ODI fifty (63). England then chased them down with 16.5 overs remaining with only Shannon Gabriel (2/29) showing any spirit.
The Windies looked clueless and depleted in that match and need a big turnaround in attitude if they are to qualify for the semis and improve on their recent record of five losses in their last ten ODIs (W4, NR1). Their cause will not be helped by the injuries sustained in that match, with Gabriel, Andre Russell, and Sheldon Cottrell all limping off during the England innings.
Bangladesh has had a week off to prepare for this game. They too come into this match having lost heavily against England in their most recent match. Being set 387 to win, they fell short by 106 runs in a respectable 280 all out, which included an eighth ODI century for Shakib al Hasan (121).
With Mushfiqur Rahim (141) and of course Shakib (260) prominent in the most runs chart, as well as Mo Saifuddin and Mehidy Hasan right up there with the ball having taken six and five wickets apiece, respectively, Bangladesh have talent in their squad, but they now need to knit together as a unit to have any chance of the semis.
They are a totally different outfit to the one that lost to the Windies by nine wickets in their last WC encounter in the 2011 edition, and with a fully fit squad, they will be looking to extend their recent dominance over the Windies.
Probable Playing XI
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell.
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehdiy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman.
BAN vs WI – Players to watch out for
Soumya Sarkar (BAN) has been unlucky with his dismissals, but he is capable of making a big score and has an SR of 109.52.
Jason Holder’s (WIN) captaincy has been really poor so far this WC. This will be his 79th ODI match in charge (win 29.49%) but he still needs to prove that he is the right man for the job.
Bangladesh averages just 1.5 sixes per match (6) at this WC compared to the Windies’ average of 3.75 (15).
Bangladesh average 54.00 in the first Powerplay compared to the 55.33 by the Windies.
The highest team score in ODIs at Taunton is 373/6 (Ind v SL, 1999).
In the five ODIs played at Taunton, the team batting first has won three.