West Indies vs Bangladesh, 23rd Match, Group 1, Sharjah, Oct 29 2021
Coming off defeats in both their two matches, West Indies and Bangladesh will be aiming to score their first points in the Super 12s of the T20 World Cup when they meet in Sharjah on Friday. Bangladesh and West Indies are currently placed fifth and sixth respectively in Group A, and they have to get over their defeats quickly if they wish to advance to the semi-finals.
What West Indies must do
Batting has been a problem for both teams. After their terrible batting display in the first match against England, West Indies bettered their 55 by 88 runs against South Africa. However, that was also not enough to notch up a win.
In a line-up consisting of Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo in the middle order, Lendl Simmons’ 16 off 35 against England hurt the team and gave others little time to recover.
Though captain Kieron Pollard did not blame Simmons alone for West Indies’ batting meltdown, he admitted that the team have to bat as a unit to move up in the points table.
What Bangladesh must do
For Bangladesh, they need to fire in all the three departments. Despite posting a competitive total of 171 for 4 against Sri Lanka, they lost the game due to poor fielding and poor bowling.
In the second game, Bangladesh struggled against England with both and ball as they lost the match by eight wickets after posting a low score of 124 for 9.
They will be hoping that the likes of Mohammad Naim, who hit two fifties in four matches, and the experienced Mushfiqur Rahim come good against the defending champions.
Fantasy Team Tips
Evin Lewis must be made captain because he has been doing well for West Indies. Hitting six sixes in a T20 WC match is no joke. Go for Mushfiqur Rahim as vice-captain since he is the leading scorer for Bangladesh. And in must-win matches, Mushfiqur has an excellent record.
Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Naim and Kieron Pollard are the players in fantastic touch, good form. Bank on them.
Probable XIs for the two teams
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Mohammad Naim, 2 Liton Das, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Mahmudullah (capt), 6 Afif Hossain, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk), 8 Mahedi Hasan, 9 Shoriful Islam, 10 Nasum Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
West Indies: (probable): 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 4 Chris Gayle, 5 Kieron Pollard (capt), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Shimron Hetmyer, 8 Dwayne Bravo, 9 Hayden Walsh, 10 Akeal Hosein, 11 Ravi Rampaul
What they said
“Yeah, I think Bangladesh after losing two games – they are in the same situation as us as well,” Pooran said. “So, I think it’s going to be a good challenge for us tomorrow. We need to get that victory and playing in Sharjah as well… We know Bangladesh have a lot of spinners as well. It’s definitely going to be a challenge for us as well and it’s how bad we actually want it.” – Nicholas Pooran, West Indies Vice-captain, on their match against Bangladesh