Cricket match date: 09th December 2018
Cricket match time: 12:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
Cricket Match format: ODI
Tournament: West Indies tour of Bangladesh 2018/19
Team A: West Indies
Team B: Bangladesh
Team A Captain: Rovman Powell
Team B Captain: Mashrafe Mortaza
Cricket Match Preview:
West Indies had their best chance to win the series in Asia when they landed in Bangladesh. Bangladesh’s form in the longest format of cricket has been poor, with even Zimbabwe managing to draw the series recently. But West Indies lineup unravelled and just could not get used to the turning pitches. Now their task gets even tougher. Bangladesh limited overs team is one of the most improved teams in the world and it will not be easy to beat them.
West Indies will once again be without their skipper Jason Holder, who is out injured. In his absence, West Indies will be led by Rovman Powell, who himself has a lot to prove as an International player. West Indies will once again be without the services of senior men like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. It will be quite a similar side to the one that played in India recently.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, will look to continue their good form in ODI cricket. They were the second best side in Asia Cup and that says a lot. Even in the finals, they were in the game until the last over and stretched India until the last ball. They have all the bases covered for these conditions and now they also have their best opener Tamim Iqbal returning from an injury. It will be interesting to see if he opens with the centurion of the Asia Cup final Liton Das or Imrul Kayes, who has been in good form against West Indies and Zimbabwe in recent times.
West Indies will once again look towards Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer to guide their batting. Both were in good form for the first half of the ODI series before falling away a bit. Their bowling, however, looked toothless especially their spin bowling which is going to be extremely crucial in Bangladesh.
Cricket Match Information:
Runners-up of Asia Cup, Bangladesh will take on West Indies in the first of the three-match ODI cricket series. This series will be important from a preparation point of view for the cricket World Cup next year. Every ODI game of cricket is crucial for every team from now onwards to identify the right combination and players for the World Cup.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
West Indies will have the same squad as they had in India. Their bowling attack will not have Shanon Gabriel and all-rounder Jason Holder. Our prediction is of the same eleven that played against India in the final ODI.
Here is our prediction of West Indies’ playing XI:
- Rovman Powell
- KOA Powell
- Shai Hope
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Sunil Ambris
- FA Allen
- KMA Paul
- Devendra Bishoo
- Kemar Roach
- O Thomas
- Roston Chase
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Bangladesh have been in very good form in ODI cricket. They have Tamim Iqbal returning for them as an opener. Our prediction is they will go with the same eleven as their last ODI with the inclusion of Tamim Iqbal.
Here is our prediction of Bangladesh’s playing XI:
- Tamim Iqbal
- Liton Das
- Imrul Kayes
- Soumya Sarkar
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Mohammad Mithun
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Mehidy Hasan Miraz
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Mohammad Saifuddin
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Tamim Iqbal is returning after a layoff of three months due to injury. He will look to make a mark straightaway hence, our prediction is of a good knock from him.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
Pitch at Mirpur is expected to be good for batting and to assist the spinners at the same time. Our prediction is of a score around 270 by the team batting first and that should prove to be a match-winning one.
Bangladesh will begin this cricket series as favourites. They hammered West Indies in the test series easily. Bangladesh are one of the best ODI teams in the world at the moment and certainly, in their own conditions, they look like a tough team to beat. Hence, our prediction is of a Bangladesh victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Tamim Iqbal (Ban) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Mustafizur Rahman (Ban) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Tamim Iqbal (Ban)
Bangladesh – 1.55
West Indies – 2.20
*odds may change anytime