Windies desperate for return to winning ways


Roughly about four years ago, Windies blanked Bangladesh 3-0 in the ODI series played at home. Fast forward to July 28, 2018 and the hosts have a chance to erase the pain of paddling through 10 consecutive bilateral rubbers without a series victory, when they take on Bangladesh at Warner Park, on Saturday. Intriguingly, the Windies aren’t just playing the same opponent (Bangladesh), but the ground too happens to be the same venue – Basseterre.

The Windies, who slipped to a 48-run defeat in the first game, eked out a nail-biting three-run victory in the second game to level the series 1-1. The visitors looked set to seal the series 2-0 as they needed just 13 off the final two. However, Sabbir Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim were dismissed via full tosses and with the tourists requiring four off the final ball, Mashrafe Mortaza could only collect a single.

Windies would be buoyed by Shimron Hetmyer’s hundred in the second match. For a period of time, the hosts’ promising batsmen have struggled to put up consistent performances in the one-day arena. In that backdrop, Hetmyer’s 93-ball 125, at his home ground, would give renewed hope to the Windies camp.

The Windies still need to ponder about their performance with the ball in the series. The likes of Alzarri Joseph and Jason Holder (barring the final over in the second ODI) struggled to come to terms with the slow nature of the wicket in Guyana. To make matters worse, Andre Russell hurt his hamstring in the first game. So the home side would again depend on their spin duo of Ashley Nurse and Devendra Bishoo to keep the runs down. The Warner Park ground could also help the spin duo, evidenced by the fact that Imran Tahir, Sunil Narine and Brad Hogg have been successful in ODIs at the venue.

Meanwhile, the tourists would look to put the gut-wrenching loss in the second game behind them. Tamim Iqbal has been in impressive form in the series (one hundred and a fifty), Shakib Al Hasan and Rahim have also been in good nick. On the bowling front, Mortaza, Mustafizur Rehman, Shakib and Mehidy Hasan will be expected to pick up wickets.

When: July 28, 2018, 09:30 AM Local

Where: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts

What to expect: The forecast looks promising with pleasant weather expected through the course of the day.

Team News:

Windies: With Jason Mohammed having scored just 22 runs over two innings, the hosts might look at replacing him with Kieran Powell.

Squad: 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

Bangladesh: On the other hand, Liton Das could replace Anamul Haque at the top of the order.

Squad: 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

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