|Finished.297/6 (50) - 177/10 (44.2)|
It’s never thrilling to watch a dead rubber, and the thrill goes out the window when you realize how one-sided the other matches have been. With all due respect, this broken, third-seed iteration of the West Indies is nothing short of an insult to the memory of the Windies of old. It’s only natural for times and paradigms to change, but the sheer amount of discord within the West Indies Cricket Board and its players is chipping away at the legacy left by its former greats. With two horrific displays, what appears to be a team made of random casual beach cricket players picked up from the streets of the Caribbean islands thrown in with a couple of known names will be facing off against Bangladesh a third time. We can only hope that this time around, they actually try to win instead of just looking hopeless. Bangladesh in the meantime are doing what they normally do, and perhaps doing it worse, but you wouldn’t know because of how miserable their opposition is. Before this potentially boring one-sided encounter takes place, let’s take a look at the two teams.
Bangladesh predicted XI, preview, form, and key players for this match
Predicted XI: Tamim Iqbal Khan (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Kumar Das, Mahmudullah Riyad, Soumya Sarkar, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Shoriful Islam.
With the series in the bag, Bangladesh might either experiment with their lineup or give new players the limelight, or let the veterans get some much-needed play time. In the last match, their bowling performance was as solid as the one before, with Mehidy Hasan Miraz taking centre stage with 4 wickets, and Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan picking up a further two each to pin the visitors down to a low total in the 44th over. The chase was pretty much the same as the first match, just a little faster. Tamim Iqbal once again top scored with his 50, while Shakib Al Hasan’s 43* took the team the rest of the way with 7 wickets to spare.
BAN Key players
Tamim Iqbal Khan: When Tamim Iqbal is in form, he usually remains so throughout the series.
Shakib Al Hasan: As he proves time and again, he’s the world’s best all-rounder for some very special reasons.
Mustafizur Rahman: The Fizz has been tearing up a spin-friendly pitch with his cutters, and will in all likelihood continue to do so.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz: The young spinner has a lot of experience for his age, and uses it to good effect.
West Indies predicted XI, preview, form, and key players for this match
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, Kjorn Ottley.
I’ve seen a lot of different West Indies teams over the years, including the disastrously unprepared side that gave Bangladesh their first Test series win in the Caribbean all the way back in 2009, and this one has to be on par with that. In the previous game, they - inexplicably - once again chose to bat first and of course, started losing wickets at regular intervals. Despite a decent 41 from Rovman Powell and something of a start in the form of 24 by Kjorn Ottley, the Windies were slow and ungainly and only managed to score a miserable 148 off of a whopping 148 overs before being bowled out. Things didn’t improve much on the defense, as only Akeal Hosein, Jason Mohammed, and Raymon Reifer managed to pick up wickets, with the team losing with 16.4 overs left to go.
WI Key players
Rovman Powell: In lieu of better players, it’s been lower order all-rounder Powell who has been providing most of the runs for the West Indies.
Kjorn Ottley: Perhaps Ottley can take confidence from his start the other day and do better this time.
Jason Mohammed: Although pretty useless with the bat, Mohammed’s bowling has been decent.
Akeal Hosein: One of the few good things to come out of this tour for the West Indies, Hosein will have to bowl his heart out if his team wants to challenge the hosts.
Bangladesh vs West Indies weather conditions and pitch report
Mild temperatures, low humidity (for the subcontinent), and a slight breeze put the icing on the cake that is a sunny day for cricket.
A typical subcontinental pitch awaits the teams at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, with not much bounce, plenty of spin, and a difficult life for batsmen. Expect scores of 250 or more to be good, and batting second to be advantageous.
Can Bangladesh make it 8 straight wins against the Windies with a whitewash here? Or will the West Indies surprise the hosts with an unprecedented display of talent? Find out if our Bangladesh vs West Indies 3rd ODI prediction come true on Monday!
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|BAN Top Batsman:|
|S Al Hasan|
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|BAN Top Bowler (Wickets):|
|WI Top Bowler (Wickets):|
|Players to score a fifty:|
|S Al Hasan/T Iqbal/L Das (BAN), K Ottley/R Powell/J Mohammed (WI)|
|Players to score a century:|
|S Al Hasan/T Iqbal (BAN), K Ottley/R Powell (WI)|