Bangladesh vs West Indies 1st ODI Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 9th December, 07:00 (UK)

Where? Shere Bangla National Stadium

Weather? Sunny with very little cloud or breeze and temperatures of 25c expected

What channel is it on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream the match? This match cannot be streamed in the UK

Are tickets still available? https://sellsbazar.com/west-in...

THE TEAM NEWS

BANGLADESH

Coach: Steve Rhodes

Captain: Mashrafe Mortaza

  • Bangladesh are coming off the back of a 2-0 Test series victory over the West Indies having beaten the Caribbean side by an innings and 184 runs in their last test, thanks in part to Mehidy Hasan Miraz finishing with figures of 12 for 117 so they will look to carry that momentum into the ODIs
  • Bangladesh’s captain Mashrafe Mortaza has faced a lot of criticism recently after announcing he will pursue a political opportunity by contesting in the Narail-2 constituency elections in his home district on December 30th, just two weeks after the series finishes and he will be keen to prove that will not be a distraction.
  • Steve Rhodes’ side welcomes back two of their key figures from injury after both missing their previous series against Zimbabwe, as Shakib Al Hasan returns from a finger injury while Tamim Iqbal returns after fracturing his left wrist during the Asia Cup in September and Tamim looked in great form in a warm-up match smashing 107 from 73 balls against the West Indies.

WEST INDIES

Coach: Nic Pothas

Captain: Rovman Powell

  • West Indies last time out suffered defeat by 51 runs (DLS method) at the hands of a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI as they warmed up for this three-game ODI series in disappointing from with the ball at least.
  • 21-year-old Shimron Hetmyer is the West Indies’ leading run-scorer in 2018 as the Caribbean side look to replace the experience lost and as they prepare for the upcoming World Cup but their batsmen will have to come to terms with the home team’s spinners which was their downfall in the Test matches.
  • Captain Jason Holder’s shoulder injury has ruled him out so all-rounder Rovman Powell will lead West Indies in their ODI leg of the Bangladesh tour, while Darren Bravo - who had last played an ODI more than two years ago - T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite and Roston Chase all return to the squad.

THE PREDICTION

The return of key players Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal from injury may prove vital for a Bangladesh side that lacks star power but has the major benefit of home advantage. They will be boosted by their return and the momentum carried into this series from winning the Test series too. The West Indies, on the other hand, have a relatively young squad and are still searching for the right balance and based on their defeat in the warm-up match, this could be another difficult series for them. They desperately need one or two of their batsmen to fire and get to grips with the pitches and spinners, and it may be a tough start for them here.