Bangladesh vs West Indies 5th ODI: The 5th ODI of the Tri-Nation series will feature Bangladesh taking on West Indies at The Village stadium, in Ireland. Both the teams look to be in a good form. While West Indies are posting and chasing colossal targets, Bangladesh could only manage to play and win 1 match in the series so far, with the other game getting washed out. However, Bangladesh’s one victory came against the Windies, where they won by 8 wickets.
THE TRI-NATION SO FAR…
After a dominating performance against Ireland in their previous game, the Caribbeans, by all means, will look to put up a similar performance. Their previous game saw them chase down a record highest total, after the hosts Ireland set a target of 328. It was a valiant effort by Sunil Ambris, who led the attack for the team with a brilliant knock of 148, with great support coming in from the middle-order as well. It was a great batting display by the Windies who winded up the game with 5-wickets in hand.
Bangladesh will be a little disappointed for not making it to the finals yet, with their previous game getting washed out. However, they look in their top-form, coming after a victory against West Indies in their first game. The Mashrafe Mortaza-led team will be hoping to redo the performance and cruise into the finals of the series, where they again play against West Indies.
Bangladesh’s senior brigade had a good first game, with half-centuries by trio Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan & Soumya Sarkar and captain Mashrafe Mortaza taking 3-wickets to his name. These 4 players will be very crucial in this game too, and the players will be prepping themselves to live up to the expectations. It is also important for Bangladesh to maintain consistency in their performance, with the World Cup, just weeks away. Though they won’t be considered as favourites to win the cup before the start of the tournament, they do possess strong capabilities of disappointing any big team, and they have shown that in the past too.
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This pitch can be considered as one of the biggest batting heavens in World Cricket, considering Saturday’s game which was played here. A total of 658 runs was scored here in 97.5 overs which only proves the nature of the pitch. Fast bowlers need to be more careful and should stick to their line and length.
It is going to be cloudy during the start of the game but there are no signs of rain. There will be clear skies with the sun is expected to shine bright. The temperature will be around 15-degree Celsius with no humidity.
Bangladesh selection committee has recently announced the inclusion of Taskin Ahmed in their World Cup squad. They had dropped him initially, citing injury reason, but looks like the fast bowler has recovered well in time to feature in the prestigious tournament. Bangladesh might want to include him in the game tomorrow in place of Mustafizur Rahman, who was not at his best in the previous game. Batsmen Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Shakib will look to continue their good form. Mahmudullah, Mithun and Sabbir Rahman will also be looking to get some exposure before the finals.
Probable Playing XI:
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman/Taskin Ahmed.
Though Windies look to be in a good form, they must ensure to continue with the same level of performance against a formidable bowling attack. The top order has risen up to the occasion and the top 3 batsmen, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope and John Campbell have all scored centuries in the series. Shai Hope, in fact, is the only player amongst the three to score a consecutive century against the Bangla tigers too, in their 2nd ODI. However, Bowling looks a little concerning for them. After a remarkable performance in the opening game, they had failed to deliver similar results in the next two games. They had only managed to pick up seven wickets in their previous two outings.
Probable Playing XI:
Shai Hope (wk), Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo/Shane Dowrich, Roston Chase, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen/Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMER
Jason Holder – West Indies | Shakib Al Hasan – Bangladesh
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Match Timings – 15:15 IST; 09:45 GMT; 10:45 Local Time
Prediction: The prediction is for Bangladesh to win the match.
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