ICC World Cup 2019: Match 23, West Indies vs Bangladesh – Match Preview

West Indies vs Bangladesh.

West Indies and Bangladesh have struggled to get going after an excellent start to this ICC World Cup 2019. Both the team will be desperate to secure a win when they meet each other on June 17 (Monday) at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.

West Indies-Bangladesh eye a win

West Indies have mainly struggled due to the lack of application by their batsmen. The bowlers have been aggressive, and the likes of Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell have done an exciting job with the new ball. Jason Holder and Andre Russell have also chipped with useful contributions in the middle overs. However, it is the batsmen who need to raise their game against Bangladesh. The likes of Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer need to show more responsibility and bat longer to help West Indies register good totals on the board.

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On the other hand, Bangladesh’s success in the tournament so far has revolved around Shakib Al Hasan’s contributions with the bat at No.3. He has done the bulk of the scoring for his side and has struggled for success from his teammates and other senior cricketers. Besides, the bowling has succumbed to the pressure failing to create wicket-taking opportunities. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will hope for a much-improved performance against a strong West Indies line-up, and lead the efforts himself with the ball, who so far has had a mild World Cup.

Date and Venue: West Indies vs Bangladesh, June 17 (Monday), 3:00 PM IST, at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Predicted XI

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope(WK), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(C), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(WK), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman.

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World Cup Head to Head

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Statistical Preview

  • MashrafeMortaza (98 wickets) is two wickets away to complete his 100 wickets as an ODI captain. He will be the first Bangladesh captain to take 100 ODI wickets.
  • Shakib Al Hasan (5,977 runs) needs to score 23 more runs to become the second Bangladesh batsman to score 6,000 ODI runs. Tamim Iqbal has scored 6,695 ODI runs.
  • Shai Hope will play his 100th international match for West Indies.
  • Jason Holder (96 wickets) needs four more wickets complete his 100 ODI wickets as a captain. The right-arm pacer will be the first Windies ODI captain to take 100 wickets.
  • Chris Gayle (10,203 runs) needs to score 146 more runs to become the leading ODI run-scorer for Windies. Brian Lara is the record holder with 10,348 ODI runs for West Indies.
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Pitch Conditions

A flat track with a lot of assistance on offer for the bowlers beckons both sets of sides who look to outplay each other. The previous game here saw Australia defend 307, which could be enough considering the overcast conditions at the ground.

Weather Forecast

The temperatures will be hovering around 18 degrees Celsius with significant cloud covers during the game. The overcast skies will provide assistant to the fast bowlers keeping the pacers from both the camps excited.

Meanwhile, there are chances of rain playing a spoilsport once again in Taunton. However, there are very less chances of a washout. Skippers from West Indies and Bangladesh will keep the DRS in mind during the toss time.

Match Prediction

Coming into this game, West Indies have always dominated the Tigers in the World Cup. So far they have played four games winning three of them. However, Bangladesh recently defeated Jason Holder & Co to win their first tri-series involving Ireland leading to the World Cup. Despite that, West Indies will have a slight advantage over their opponents considering that they have a few match-winners in their ranks.

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