West Indies vs Bangladesh 23rd Match: Victory is important for both the teams to stay alive in the contest
Mighty WI is all set to face much improved Bangladesh country ground Taunton today. Both the teams have got three points from four matches but both have played better than the points suggests. They have put a strong performance but failed to capitalize on the momentum. For West Indies, rain played a major spoilsport and their bowling unit is not clicking despite the strong winning performance against Sri Lanka in their first match of the series. The highly talented team contains strike rotators, big hitters, and nasty bowlers along with capable all-rounders. Their captain is the face of the team and he has got the ability to do anything in the failed but somehow they are not clicking as a unit, which is a major concern for them.
For Bangladesh, their batting unit is in top-notch form and delivering every time. Especially Shakib al Hassan who has already got a century and 2 half-centuries to his name. WI bowlers need to get him out early for their winning hopes but for Bangladesh, he needs to be at the top in order to put up a strong performance with the bat. Weather remains clear and a full day of play is expected. So it is important for both the teams to pull off a victory in order to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
Both the teams have met each other in world cup 4 times before and west indies clearly taking the upper hand by winning three out of them and one match was washed out due to rain. So history is behind with West Indies and they need to win and capitalize the crucial moments of the game in order to emerge victoriously. Last time they have met each other in 2011 world cup which went completely one-sided as Bangladesh was bowled out for 58 and West Indies won by 9 wickets.
Expected Playing X1:
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai hope, Nicolas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason holder(Capt), Andre Russell, Carlos Braithwaite, Sheldon cottrel, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach.
Tamim Iqbal, soumya Sarkar, shakib al hassan, mushfiqur Rahim, sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, mohammad saifuddin, mashrafe mortaza, mehidy hassan, mustafizur Rahman, rubel Hossain.
Players to watch out for:
One of the finds of modern one-day cricket Shai hope had a dream run last year and is continuing the same this year also. He has not yet clicked well as of now in world cup and he will look to make the things big today which will ultimately help his team to put off a fighting target on board.
True leader Jason holder is a much-improved player now as he is getting better and better. His bowling skills have not flourished as of now and he will look hit the decent line and length that will help him to take early wickets and to counter Shakib al Hassan.
Shakib al Hassan:
The mighty all-rounder has got a dream run till now and he is superb with both bat and ball. He will look to continue the same form that will help his team to pull off a victory.
This 22-year-old bowling all-rounder has been repaying the faith and he is a weapon for captain Mortaza in death overs these days. To keep Russell and Braithwaite under control he needs to be at top of his game. Hoe he will live up to the expectations.
Both the teams have been standing on the same page when it comes to performance and team strength but west indies need to find their combinations right. If they were able to do so they can clearly emerge as victorious.