Bangladesh and the West Indies take each other on in a battle to get a first win in the Super 12 phase. Both sides have played two games each and have been convincingly beaten in both. The odds of either side qualifying for the semi-finals of the competition look long, and this is simply a must-win for both. A defeat will eliminate one of these teams from the competition.
It's a contest that is tight to call; the West Indies are the favourites at 1.50, with Bangladesh priced at 2.63.
Bangladesh vs West Indies T20 World Cup
Team News for Bangladesh
It's been a funny tournament for Bangladesh; they have produced some strange results, coming into it with so much hope. Their loss to Scotland set the tone for a Bangladesh side who have been nowhere near their best.
A tight match against Oman followed the loss against Scotland before the victory against PNG. They played their best match of the tournament against Sri Lanka, posting a competitive total of 171, but the Bangladeshi bowlers couldn't do the job, and Sri Lanka reached the total with an over to spare.
Wednesday's defeat against England was poor and looked like a match that Bangladesh believed they couldn't win. Some poor batting led to a total of just 125, which England chased with five overs to spare. The defeat leaves them on the brink of elimination.
The star player for Bangladesh has been Shakib Al Hasan, but even he was off-colour in the defeat to England. If Bangladesh are to win this match, then the best chance they have is through Shakib. Shakib is 4.33 to be his team's top scorer and 2.10 to take over 1.5 match wickets.
Likely playing 11 of Bangladesh
Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah, Nurul Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
Team News for West Indies
The West Indies in major cricket tournaments blow hot and cold, and they are either world beaters or look in disarray. Sadly for the fans of West Indies, it seems like this team is the latter.
Some odd team selections, such as the exclusion of Roston Chase and general omissions of Jason Holder and Carlos Braithwaite, have given the West Indies a lop-sided looking team. Chris Gayle now looks like a walking wicket and needs to find his game quickly to warrant his place in the side.
Against both South Africa and England, the problem was with the bat as they couldn't hit the required volume of runs. One batsman in the match against the South Africans did show his class, and that was Evin Lewis. Lewis is a classy player who had good CPL and IPL tournaments before heading to this World Cup. His 56 off just 35 balls has been the standout performance of this World Cup by any West Indian batsman. His odds of 3.75 to be his team's top scorer look like one of the best bets of the match.
Likely playing 11 of West Indies
Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Ravi Rampaul, Obed McCoy
Pitch and Weather Conditions
This match will be held in Sharjah. Bangladesh have played one match at the stadium where they lost to Sri Lanka, whereas this will be the first match at the venue for the West Indies.
When it comes to hosting international T20 cricket, Sharjah is a young ground and has only played host to 17 matches. Sharjah can be slow, as indicated by the first innings average score of 141. For those batting second, the average drops all the way to 125.
Teams that bat first tend to have more success, with 10 wins for these sides compared to 7 for the chasers.
On a deck that should aid the spin bowlers of both sides, we could be in for an absolute cracker.
Betting Predictions for Bangladesh vs West Indies
Let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for Bangladesh vs West Indies:
Match Result Prediction
It is hard to have any faith in either one of these sides, as both look devoid of confidence. Conditions-wise, you would perhaps give the edge to the Bangladesh side, but at the moment, you don't know what Bangladesh team is going to turn up.
The West Indies have an abundance of experience, but they have not played sensible cricket so far, and if they are to win this match, this will have to change.
The difference could be the spin bowlers of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh spinners can frustrate this West Indies batting lineup, which looks shaky and poor. In Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh have a true star, and we think he will give Bangladesh the edge in an encounter that could go any way.
Match Winner: Bangladesh (2.63)
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Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that could be hard to bat on, the side that wins the toss will want to bat to make the most of the better batting conditions before scoring gets harder as the game goes on. Any score over 150 should be very hard to chase.
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Top Batsman for West Indies
Evin Lewis aside, the West Indies have looked like a poor batting unit. One of the mysteries has been the exclusion of Roston Chase, who had a superb CPL campaign, and was named in the side of the tournament.
Lendl Simmons's form has been poor this tournament, and it could be that Chase is finally given his chance. At odds of 7.50, he is a real dark horse to be the West Indies leading scorer; however, it could be a real value bet if he gets the nod to start.
Top Batsman for West Indies: Roston Chase (7.50)
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