Bangladesh play their first match in the Ireland ODI tri series when they take on the West Indies at Clontarf Cricket Club in Dublin, the very same venue that the West Indies thrashed Ireland two days ago by 196 runs.
Despite a series whitewash by New Zealand earlier in the year, Bangladesh enter the series with some solid ODI form under their belt having won seven of their previous nine matches (all in Asia) before that venture down south.
The biggest problem facing the Tigers regarding both this series and the World Cup is that UK pitch conditions (with extra bounce and swing) are very similar to those which they failed to deal with in New Zealand.
With this in mind, look for Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel (the trio took a combined six wickets on Sunday) to go with regular short pitched balls in an attempt to rustle the feathers of the Bangladesh top order.
While the West Indies have a solid 21-11 (two no results) all-time record against Bangladesh, they have lost four of the past six matches. Two of those losses in fact came when the series was on the line at 1-1.
These two teams actually played at this venue back in 1999. It was the first ever ODI game between the two with the West Indies winning by seven wickets. Minhajul Abedin (now aged 53) surely is one man who hasn’t forgotten that day considering he claimed the wicket of Brian Lara.
WI vs BAN ODI – Probable XI
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain
West Indies: John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Jason Holder (c), Fabien Allen, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel
WI vs BAN ODI – Players to watch out for
Bangladesh captain Mustafizur Rahman has so far had an ordinary year averaging 42.75 with the ball, that compared to a career number of 21.66. Can he find improvement on the Clontarf pitch?
With an average of 186 in the role as opener, which includes his impressive 170 two days ago, surely Shai Hope is now a permanent fixture at the top of the batting order for the Windies?
West Indies have not won an ODI series since 2014. Of the last seven H2H contests, neither team has managed to win two in a row.
From 22 completed matches here, the team batting first has won 13 times. The Shai Hope / John Campbell 365-run partnership on Sunday was the second highest ever in an ODI.
West Indies have a 3-0 advantage in H2Hs at neutral venues.