Cricket match date: 20th 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. Finally, everything fell in place for them after being routed in the test series as well as in the ODI series. But if there is any format where you will still put West Indies as a strong challenge, it is the T20 format of the cricket game. Bangladesh experienced it first hand in the first cricket game.
Bangladesh chose to bat first in the first cricket game and wanted to follow the template, which has yielded them some fine result so far, to 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:
After being defeated in both test and ODI formats of the cricket game, West Indies finally managed to take a lead in their most favoured format. West Indies defeated Bangladesh in the first T20 International by 8 wickets. They will look to seal the series at Mirpur, Dhaka in the second T20 international cricket game.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
West Indies were at their very best in the first T20 international cricket game. They took wickets and 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:
Evin Lewis looked good in his comeback cricket game after being out for the last few months due to injury. He got out to a score of 18 runs in the first game and our prediction is of a big score from him in the second game of cricket.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last International T20 cricket game played here was between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Unfortunately for the hosts, they lost that game despite scoring 193 runs. What that game of cricket showed was that there are lots of runs to be scored on this pitch and, unless the curators deliberately make it a turning pitch, it should be good for batting. Our prediction is of a score around 170 by the team batting first and the team chasing it down. Conditions are expected to be cool and dry.
West Indies will begin this game of cricket as their favourites. Their strong showing in the first international T20 was refreshing to see. Our prediction is of a West Indies’ victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Evin Lewis (WI) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Mustafizur Rahman (Ban) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Evin Lewis (WI)
Bangladesh – 2.10
West Indies – 1.60
*odds may change anytime