Windies tour to Bangladesh
Roaring Tigers and desperate Windies lock horn today in first ODI
Bangladesh will take on visiting Windies in the first of the three-match bilateral encounter today at the Sher-e-Bangla national cricket stadium, Dhaka, setting the series clinching target.
The day-night match kicks off at 1:00pm (BST).
Bangladesh are on the upbeat after getting back their top two athletes Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal in the squad. Shakib was ruled out of the Asia cup in September this year and was out of action for three months. He had a major finger surgery, who made his comeback with newly late Test series.
Tamim, on the other hand, had also been ruled out of the Asia Cup in the inaugural match of the tournament between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on September 15. He is going to play his comeback match today.
Bangladesh will face a sweet problem of selecting the best opening combination among four openers in the squad. From Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes, who is going to inaugurate the Tigers innings pairing with Tamim? If it is Liton, Bangladesh will get left-right combination. But man with devastating performance against Zimbabwe Imrul Kayes with 144, 90 and 115 in three matches, is hard to be ignored.
Soumya Sarkar, on the other hand, is also going through tremendous form, Who had a ton in the last ODI appearance against Zimbabwe and also played another breezy century-knock in the warm-up match on December 9.
In the race, Liton is little bit short with consistency and Bangladesh may go with three left handed openers sending Soumya at number three. Next names are obvious and they are Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyadh and Mehidy Hasan Miraz at the next consecutive positions of the batting order.
Now, another problem rise for home side thinktanks. What will happen with successful pace bowling all-rounder Saif Uddin and serpent Nazmul Apu since Mashrafe and Mustafizur Rahman have no way to sit idle? Thus, the eleventh man will be chosen among the three- Rubel Hossain, Saifuddin and Apu.
Rubel, is to some extent ahead in the race in the three-pacer policy of Mash.
Youngman Rovman Powell led Windies, on the contrary, are going through very tough time and are keen to taste the much needed win. They strengthen their side including pacing all-rounder Darren Bravo along with T20i skipper Carlos Brathwaite and spin all-rounder Roston Chase.
Some glaze from the bat of Marlon Samuels, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer are key to fight against mighty spin attack of Bangladesh. While Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Keemo Paul, and Kemar Roach are handy enough with the ball but have to win in the nerves test against homeside since Bangladesh are proven almost unbeatable at home in the recent past, specially in ODI.
The slightly cold Mirpur will witness the uninterrupted under-light one-dayer. Keeping dew factor in mind after sundown, toss winning captain possibly will go for bating first in the sporting wicket of Sher-e-Bangla national cricket stadium.