Tigers take on Caribbeans today in must-win game
Gritty Bangladesh and desperate West Indies will lock horns today in the now or never battle for both the sides to keep them in the race to the semi-finals. The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton will host the match which is scheduled to kick off at 3:30pm (BST).
Both the teams have been occupying three points from four matches. Bangladesh got emphatic start in the tournament beating mighty South Africa by 21 runs. But they slipped their win against New Zealand and ingested two wickets defeat followed by a massive 106-run crush against hosts England that sent them back-foot. Rain browed eye over Tigers as they had to share point with Sri Lanka in the match in which they were clearly the favourite.
The West Indies on the other hand, had suffered twin defeats against Australia and England despite seven-wicket victory against Pakistan in their starter of the underway World Cup. They were awarded one point as their match against South Africa
had been abandoned for rain.
Bangladesh paid much in last couple of matches for their sloppy fielding, wicket throwing and poor running between the wickets. Besides, the form of Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad and Mohammad Mithun created suffering for them during bating. So, the experienced batters must deliver their best today to pay their debt to the team. Mustafizur Rahman also need to fire with his hidden weapons to prove himself at the largest stage of cricket.
Shakib Al Hasan is the man in form with both bat and ball. He might be the slayer of the West Indians. Besides, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar and Saifuddin are the key Bangladesh players to claim spotlight today.
West Indies on the contrary seemed very effective with short and good-length deliveries so far. Their strong pace battery combining Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas proved handy for the Caribbeans. Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran are the most consistent West Indian batters against Bangladesh and they might go with the unchanged playing eleven except Andre Russell's replacement if he remains unfit till the eleventh hour of the match. He sustained a knee injury during their match with England on June 14.
Bangladesh however, have possibility to set the playing eleven with four quicks and hence off-spin all-rounder Mehidy Miraz will be rested to place Rubel Hossain in.
The head to head stat reveals that Bangladesh won 14 times against 21 defeats from 37 ODI meets with the West Indies. But recent form goes to Tigers' favour. Mashrafe led side won in seven of nine clashes between the two rivals this year including three in three during Ireland tri-series last month.
The weather forecast is looking pretty good for cricket on Monday in Taunton and toss winning side must prefer to bat first at the tinny Cooper Associates County Ground.