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FARZANA

Published:
2018-07-25 12:07:57 BdST

Bangladesh to play for series win, Windies for comeback


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Bangladesh will play host West Indies in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series at Providence Stadium in Guyana on Wednesday.

The day-night affair match will begin at 12:30am Bangladeshi time.

Grabbing a 48-run victory in the first game with some degree of comfort, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led Bangladesh will look to defeat the Windies for series victory while Jason Holder's boys' will fight to keep themselves alive in the series.

Mashrafe will once again rely on the experience of his senior players --like centurion of the first game Tamim Iqbal, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad -- to try and repeat the same form at the same venue.

In the 1st game, Tamim hit unbeaten century of 130 runs from the top of the innings and shared a painstaking 207 off 43 overs in the second wicket with Shakib's 97 runs before an 11-ball 30 from Mushfiqur as a visibly diffident Bangladesh posted 279 for 4 in 50 overs.

The visitors restricted the home side on 231 for 9 in 50 overs where Mashrafe was the main destroyer to defend his side's post, having a figure of 4 for 37 from 10 overs after ensuring the 1st breakthrough.

However, a change of format brought about a change of fortunes for Bangladesh after struggling to put up a fight against the Jason Holder-led side in the two Tests, and lost the series 2-0.

Bangladesh seemed to have hit their stride with a dominant performance of the first ODI where they outplayed the Windies with both bat and ball, including their veterans doing most of the good work.

Pressure will be on the Windies after not having the way past in the 1st game against Tamim and Shakib, who stayed for their 2nd highest ODI partnership figure at a pace of less-than-ideal rate.

A better show from the pace unit, which comprises Alzarri Joseph and Keemo Paul, along with all-rounders Andre Russell and Holder, will be needed from the Windies point of view.

In the batting department, Shimron Hetmyer continued his fine form with a steady half-century, while Chris Gayle made an unhurried 40 in the 1st game. Six of the other Windies batsmen got off to decent starts but couldn't capitalise on them as all fell under 20.

The 2nd game of the current series will be the 30th encounter between the two sides. In their previous meetings, Bangladesh got eight wins against 19 losses while two outings were ended for no results, since May 1999.

Squads

West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell and Andre Russell

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Nazmul Haque, Liton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Mehidy Hasan and Nazmul Islam.

 

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