Strong Bangladesh will face West Indies in the second ODI to wrap up the series. The young brigade of West Indies couldn’t trouble the hosts in the opening ODI, and Bangladesh won the match by 6 wickets.
Match Timings: Jan 20, 11 AM IST
Bangladesh started the international home season with a thumping win, and its bowlers made the task easier in Dhaka. They bowled out the visitors on a mere total of 122. Tigers welcome its star player Shakib after one year ban, and he picked a 4-wickets haul in his comeback match. Tamim had the big responsibility to carry the glory of former captain Murtaza, and he is going to win his first series as the skipper. Tamim scored a fine 44 in the chase to assure an easy victory for Bangladesh. From the two newcomers Shoriful Islam and Hasan Mahmud, Hasan Mahmud earned the ODI cap. The right-arm pacer picked three wickets for 28.
Shoriful Islam might be considered for this match if hosts try youngsters. Mustafizur Rahman continued his top form. After picking most 22 wickets in Bangabandhu Cup, he picked two wickets for 20 in the opening ODI. Liton Das and Tamim both were also consistent in Bangabandhu Cup, scoring more than 300 runs. The chances are very less to see a big comeback from West Indies, but it’s a game of cricket, and we have seen weaker opponents outplaying the favouites.
Meanwhile, West Indies have to play its out of the skin to bounce back in the series. Jason Mohammed has led the national side for the first time. West Indies showed poor batting skills after losing the toss. The top-order horror started, and it ended with the lowest total of 122. Mayers was the only player who looked better and scored 40. Against the spin, they played poorly as Shakib conceded just 8 runs in 7.2 overs. They can find positives in the bowling unit who grabbed 4 wickets in the small run-chase. Bangladesh took almost 34 overs to chase this total.
Debutant Akeal Hosein was outstanding, and he picked three wickets, conceding just 26 runs. Captain Jason Mohammed went for 19 in an 8-overs spell. Both spinners kept Bangladesh in control. Few improvements in batting can better West Indies’ chances. The left-handed top-order batsman, Kjorn Ottley, may get the name in starting XI. The series is under CWC Super-series, and both sides will eye to grab vital points to boost its preparation for the world cup qualification.
Shere Bangla Stadium is a pure batting surface. It offers good assistance to spinners, and batting would not be easier. The pitch will be better later, the match progresses. We can expect a score of 270-300 while batting first.
Tamim Iqbal (c), Liton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
Sunil Ambris, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Andre McCarthy, Nkrumah Bonner, Jason Mohammed (c), Rovman Powell, Kyle Mayers, Raymon Reifer, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Chemar Holder
ODI career – M: 28, Wickets: 48, Avg: 37.84
Previous match: 10-1-26-3
Bangabandhu Cup 2020 – M: 9, Runs: 324, Avg: 49.121
Previous match – 44
Bangabandhu Cup 2020 – M: 10, Wickets: 22, Avg: 11.04
Previous match: 6-0-20-2