The Windies and Bangladesh, who have been mostly starved of ODI cricket in the recent past, will look to get back to thick of things when they lock horns in a three-match series, starting on Sunday (July 22) in Guyana.
The Windies have at least had to qualify for next year’s World Cup; it’s been seven months since Bangladesh have played ODIs. Another quality that’s rare with these two sides is their inability to carry confidence/scepticism across formats – which should value the recent Test 2-0 thumping at zilch.
However, both sides are sure to be bolstered by the return of many big names, none bigger than Mashrafe Mortaza. Bangladesh have desperately lacked a leader over the last month, and would be delighted he’s been able to make it on the tour, given his personal troubles back home. A rarely fit, Mustafizur Rahman, too, makes his way in after a disappointing IPL. Liton Das returns to the top, while Nazmul Islam returns with perhaps a renewed version to his ‘snake dance’.
The visitors started the limited overs format leg of the tour decently. In their practice outing against UWI Vice-Chancellor’s XI in Kingston, Mosaddek Hossain bowled well before Mushfiqur Rahim (75*) and Liton Das (70) steered them home.
For the hosts, Andre Russell returns to the format after three long years, riding high on the back of some stunning all-round figures in the IPL. Skipper Jason Holder would hope his personal form through the Test season against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh transcends colours.
When: July 22, 2018, 09:30 Local, 19:00 IST
Where: Providence Stadium, Guyana
What to expect: The surface is likely to be on the slower side, aiding spinners as the day goes on. This could be one of those pitches that throws us back to an earlier decade where teams would look to pile big runs and stifle opponents on a tacky surface. The Windies don’t have a good record at the ground, with just six wins in their 13 ODIs.
The weather forecast isn’t the best either, with showers predicted through the day.
Windies: LWWLW (most recent first)
Windies: Despite Guyana’s pitch having a reputation of aiding spin, the think-tank perhaps wouldn’t be tempted to play two spinners, which would leave Ashley Nurse losing out to Devendra Bishoo. Alzarri Joesph is likely to be the one replacing Kemar Roach, with Rovman Powell staking claim to the middle-order spot vacated by Marlon Samuels.
Bangladesh: A rather left-field strategy could be the way ahead for the tourists. This could mean stacking up spinning all-rounders like Shakib, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain and Mehidy Hasan with Mohammad Saifuddin making way for Mustafizur’s return.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam, Anamul Haque, Abu Jayed, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Hider Rony
Windies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder(c), Devendra Bishoo, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Ashley Nurse, Jason Mohammed
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