Bangladesh vs West Indies – 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 20th December, 11:00 (UK)

Where? Dhaka

Weather? 24-26c with sunshine forecast all day

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 were hammered by the West Indies by eight wickets in the first T20 match as they could not contain Shai Hope once again, but they will be looking for a big improvement with the bat for this second match which they have to win.
  • The top order struggled to deal with Cottrell who picked up early wickets and in truth it was only skipper Shakib Al Hasan who got to grips with the West Indies bowling attack as he hit 61 from 43 balls as only two the batsmen reached double figures and that has to improve here.
  • Shakib Al Hasan was fined and received a demerit point for an incident with an umpire in the first match which showed some signs of frustration and this match will be a big test of character for the team and they will have to raise their game several levels here in Dhaka.

West Indies

Coach: Nic Pothas

Captain: Carlos Brathwaite

  • The tourists come into this match with the comfort of a one-nil lead after an outstanding display in the opening match where they knocked off Bangladesh’s below par total of 129 with 55 balls to spare to give them a big boost in confidence.
  • The West Indies had Shai Hope to thank for yet more heroics but the performance of the bowlers in the first T20 match was just as important as they set the foundation for the comfortable victory as Cottrell was in superb form taking 4-28.
  • The defeats in the Test and ODI series did not impact the team’s confidence based on that first T20 match and the changes helped reinvigorate them but Shai Hope continues to dominate the hosts’ bowlers and his half century in that first match was the 3rd fastest in T20 international history.

THE PREDICTION

The first T20 match of the series was a complete blowout as the West Indies produced a superb display with bat and ball to completely out play the hosts. The dominance they showed in that game was significant and they had plenty of room to spare also. The Test and ODI series were much closer and even when one team has won a match, the opposition have responded well and shown good character. Bangladesh will have to do the same here and really come out firing. The firepower and big-hitting ability in this West Indies team does give them the edge and unless the hosts' top order can score big, the bowling unit is not good enough to make the difference. This could be another win for the Windies to seal the series here barring a massive improvement from the hosts.