|Finished.125/4 (33.5) vs 122/10 (32.2)|
It’s been an extremely long period of stagnation for the South-Asian side, but after 11 months and 9 days, Bangladesh will finally be back on the field as a unit. They are the only ICC ranked Test team to have had to wait this long to play a game of international cricket in at least half a century, and although the recent Bangabandhu T20 Cup kept the players’ gears rolling, an ODI is a whole other ball game. Luckily for them, they are against a very, very understrength West Indies side. A full-strength Windies was able to pick up a Test win against England right after the Covid lockdown, but since then they won absolutely nothing against either England or on their tour of New Zealand. Now that they face Bangladesh at home for 3 ODIs and 2 Tests, they are far from the favourites. That being said, this is cricket and anything’s possible, and before those possibilities start unfolding and folding, let’s take a look at the two teams.
Bangladesh announced squad, predicted XI, preview, form, and key players for this match
Announced squad: Tamim Iqbal Khan (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Md Mithun, Liton Kumer Das (wk), Md Mahmud Ullah, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Saif Uddin, Mahadi Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam.
Bangladesh Predicted XI: Tamim Iqbal Khan (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Kumar Das, Mahmudullah Riyad, Soumya Sarkar, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Shoriful Islam.
As a team, Bangladesh aren’t used to being the favourites for much outside home, but when playing in the country, they can be the favourites against the best of them. A number of veteran names stand out in the squad, with all of them itching to feel the thrill of the game once again. Standing out with the bat we have Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, and Liton Das, while Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shoriful Islam, and of course, Shakib Al Hasan himself are more than capable of taking care of any batting lineup. Although most of these players have been in good form as of late, Shakib himself hasn’t been in the best of touch, but as we have seen in the past, he can step up when required. The best things about the squad are the sheer number of promising options in the reserves as well as the sheer length of the tail, with almost all of the players having some ability with the bat.
Key players for the first match
Tamim Iqbal Khan: Captaining the side, Tamim will have to lead from the front and score some big runs.
Mushfiqur Rahim: The veteran keeper has often done very well for his country, and something similar is required right now.
Shakib Al Hasan: Following his yearlong ban, Shakib will be intent upon reasserting his dominance as an all-rounder in the format.
Mustafizur Rahman: The Fizz was on point during the BBT20C, and he will no doubt love bowling to newbie batsmen at home.
West Indies announced squad, predicted XI, preview, form, and key players for this match
Announced squad: Jason Mohammed (c), Sunil Ambris, Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jahmar Hamilton (wk), Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Andre McCarthy, Kjorn Ottley, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Keon Harding.
West Indies Predicted XI: Jason Mohammed (c), Sunil Ambris, Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Keon Harding.
If you don’t recognize half the players from this lineup, we don’t blame you because there are some that have us scratching our heads. A large number of players chose not to join their team due to Covid 19 as well as other reasons. This includes big names such as Kieron Pollard, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Sheldon Cottrell, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, and Shane Dowrich. A dilapidated squad it is that will face Bangladesh, but there’s still some talent in the side. Sunil Ambris, Joshua Da Silva, Nkrumah Bonner, Jason Mohammed, and Rovman Powell can all bat, and Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, and Raymond Reifer will cause trouble for Bangladeshi batsmen. Although severely underpowered, this visitors’ lineup can at least play without fear or pressure.
WI Key players for the first match
Sunil Ambris: The young batsman may not have made the Windies’ 2019 World Cup squad, but his performance in the tri-series between Bangladesh, Ireland, and his own team before that was excellent.
Nkrumah Bonner: With some experience to his name, Bonner will be looked up to for a lot of the Carribeans’ run tally.
Alzarri Joseph: After his batting antics in New Zealand, Joseph’s bowling is what will be needed in Bangladesh.
Chemar Holder: The young bowler will earn his first cap for his country, and hopefully his first few scalps as well.
Although West Indies has the advantage over Bangladesh in terms of total wins, the hosts have won most of their matches in the last 12 years. In fact, the last time the Windies won a series against Bangladesh was way back in 2014. Add to that the fact that Bangladesh also defeated the Windies at the World Cup, and the South Asian country has beaten the Windies in all 5 of their last 5 encounters.
Bangladesh vs West Indies weather and pitch conditions
It will be a chilly but humid day in Dhaka as these two teams take to the field. What should be a fine partly cloudy day for cricket is put slightly to risk by a 20% chance of rain.
The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium has traditionally provided a decent track for both batsmen and bowlers, and for what it’s worth for the visitors, the ball shouldn’t spin all that much in the first match. On the flip side, pacers also won’t get that much movement.
Can Bangladesh start off the new year with a blast? Or will the relative unknowns of West Indies surprise them with a bang of their own? Find out if our Bangladesh vs West Indies 1st ODI prediction come true on Wednesday!
|BAN Top Batsman:|
|WI Top Batsman:|
|BAN Top Bowler (Wickets):|
|S Al Hasan|
|WI Top Bowler (Wickets):|
|Players to score a fifty:|
|M Rahim/T Iqbal/L Das (BAN), S Ambris/N Bonner/J Mohammed (WI)|
|Players to score a century:|
|M Rahim/T Iqbal (BAN), S Ambris/N Bonner (WI)|