Bangladesh vs West Indies – 1st T20 International Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When? Monday 17th December, 08:00 (UK)

Where? Sylhet

Weather? Cloudy with temperatures of 25c expected and a chance of rain which could see a reduced overs match

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? N/A

THE TEAM NEWS

Bangladesh

Coach: Steve Rhodes

Captain: Shakib Al Hasan

  • Bangladesh have won the Test and ODI series and now they embark on their mission to seal a whitewash and win the T20 series against a beleaguered West Indies team who they will fancy their chances against.
  • The batsmen were motivated by Rovman Powell’s comments before the third ODI that they were weak against the West Indies pace attack, and that fired them up for that game and will no doubt do the same for this first T20 match.
  • It is highly likely that they will name a starting eleven similar to that which one the third ODI and despite skipper Shakib Al Hasan suffering a foot injury in the nets, he should be fit to start against the tourists.

West Indies

Coach: Nic Pothas

Captain: Carlos Brathwaite

  • The West Indies succumbed to the hosts in the final ODI to lose 2-1 as they ultimately could not find another batsmen to stick around long enough to support Shai Hope whose stunning form in all three matches was the only reason they remained competitive during that series.
  • Evin Lewis will come in to open the batting here while Nicholas Pooran will also come into the team and he will be looking to carry his superb recent domestic form on to the international stage and help this struggling batting line-up.
  • Khary Pierre is tipped to come into the line-up while they will be skippered by Carlos Brathwaite as ODI captain Rovman Powell is unlikely to be selected here, and he will have to raise his game with both bat and ball if they are to be competitive here.

THE PREDICTION

Had it not been for Shai Hope, the West Indies 2-1 defeat in the ODIs would have been even more comprehensive and they will need more batsmen to step up in this T20 series. They have struggled to hit the spinners and that will likely be the case once again here. Bangladesh had the edge in all facets of the game in the ODI and most notably could score far more freely than any of the West Indies batsmen other than Hope. The reliance on Hope was not enough in the ODIs and it will not be enough here unless the weather helps the tourists out. Otherwise, Bangladesh should continue their dominance over the Windies.