Cricket match date: 22nd December 2018
Cricket match time: 04:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: West Indies tour of Bangladesh 2018/19
Team A: West Indies
Team B: Bangladesh
Team A Captain: Carlos Brathwaite
Team B Captain: Shakib Al Hasan
Cricket Match Preview:
Everything fell in place for West Indies in the first T20 international cricket game against Bangladesh. By the time this piece is being written, West Indies lead the series by the margin of 1-0. If they can win either of the two remaining T20 internationals, it will provide them with some solace after a long and fruitless tour.
Bangladesh chose to bat first in the first cricket game and wanted to follow the template, which has yielded them some fine results so far, put runs on the board and strangle the opposition with the spin. Only this time they got off to the poorest start possible and lost 4 wickets inside the powerplay, including that of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim.
Bangladesh never quite recovered from the early wickets and despite the good effort from Shakib Al Hasan, who scored 61 off 43 balls, they could only muster 129 runs. Before the first T20 international cricket game, Carlos Brathwaite famously said, “if Shai Hope is alive, he will play” and Hope not only showed he is alive, he made the game of cricket alive with his sensational hitting against Bangladesh bowlers.
West Indies never looked in trouble and with Evin Lewis back at the top of the order, he, along with Hope, scored 51 in 3.2 overs, which completely put Bangladesh out of the game. In the end, West Indies reached their target in only 10.5 overs with 8 wickets remaining and gave a solid punch to their opponents. Bangladesh will now know that in this format, it is not easy to contain West Indies batsmen and perhaps they will be looking once again at the curator for the turning pitches in the remaining games of cricket.
Cricket Match Information:
West Indies will take on Bangladesh in the final International T20 cricket game for one final time on this tour. By the time this piece is being written, West Indies lead the series by 1-0 after defeating Bangladesh in style in the first T20 cricket game. If West Indies can win this series, it will reaffirm their status as the defending champions of the shortest format of the cricket game.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
West Indies were at their very best in the first T20 international cricket game. They took wickets, they scored runs in their own unique style. Our prediction is there will not be any change in their lineup unless there is an injury.
Here is our prediction of West Indies’ playing XI:
- Evin Lewis
- Shai Hope
- Nicholas Pooran
- Shimron Hetmyer
- DM Bravo
- Rovman Powell
- KMA Paul
- Carlos Brathwaite
- FA Allen
- O Thomas
- SS Cottrell
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Bangladesh will look to correct the mistakes they made in the first game of cricket. They will be hoping for a turning pitch because their spinners looked completely ineffective in the first game. Our prediction is they will stick with the same playing eleven as their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of Bangladesh’s playing XI:
- Tamim Iqbal
- Liton Das
- Soumya Sarkar
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Ariful Haque
- Mehidy Hasan Miraz
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Mohammed Saifuddin
- Abu Hider
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Shimron Hetmyer’s bat has suddenly gone quiet after a fantastic tour of India and a good start here in Bangladesh. Now that he has raked in moolah in the Indian Premier League, it should relax him and bring out the best in him. Our prediction is of an impactful performance from Hetmyer in the final game of cricket.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last International T20 cricket game played here was between Bangladesh and West Indies in the first T20 cricket game of the series. That game saw Bangladesh batsmen struggle after choosing to bat first. Our prediction is of a similar nature for this game of cricket. The score of around 150 should prove to be a match-winning one.
Bangladesh will begin the final game of cricket as favourites. No one knows their own condition better than them and you will not bet against a side that is becoming stronger with every cricket game. Hence, our prediction is of a Bangladesh win in the final game of cricket.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Shimron Hetmyer (WI) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Shimron Hetmyer (WI)
Bangladesh – 2.20
West Indies – 1.58
*odds may change anytime