Bangladesh vs West Indies – 3rd ODI Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 14th December, 06:00 (UK)

Where? Sylhet

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? N/A

THE TEAM NEWS

Bangladesh

Coach: Steve Rhodes

Captain: Mashrafe Mortaza

  • Bangladesh were pegged back in the pursuit for another series win against the West Indies on Tuesday when they lost the second ODI by 4 wickets but they will not be too disheartened from that match although they will want to improve their catching as they dropped two key opportunities.
  • From a batting perspective, they will have been concerned that none of the trio of players that hit a half century – Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan – could go on and make a bigger score, and the loss of wickets at key times prevented them from posting a bigger total which they should have done.
  • While in the first ODI it was the pace bowlers that made the difference, they were arguably the weakness in the second game as the West Indians and Hope in particular, were able to score freely against them, so it would be no surprise to see another spinner come into the side in Sylhet.

West Indies

Coach: Nic Pothas

Captain: Rovman Powell

  • The West Indies bounced back from a disappointing first ODI to win the second game and they had Shai Hope to thank for a stunning innings where he smashed 146 from 144 balls and scored 57% of his team’s runs to finish the game for the tourists.
  • Hemraj came into the side for that match but he could only manage 3 runs as their struggles in their opening partnership continue so it would be no surprise if there is a further adjustment for this game as Hope’s knock cannot mask the continued deficiencies within the batting lineup.
  • Bishoo played an important role in stemming the flow of runs while Thomas capitalised by taking wickets but ultimately winning the toss and bowling first was key to this victory and they will look to follow suit and do the same in Sylhet while they are unlikely to make any major changes to their starting line-up here.

THE PREDICTION

Bangladesh’s superb run of form came to an end on Tuesday as they came up against an inspired Shai Hope who produced one of the best ODI innings by a West Indian batsman in some time. It will be interesting to see how both teams react to that match and whether there are any changes in tactics and personnel, although both sides will likely want to win the toss and bowl first here. Despite Hope’s heroics, the West Indies batting line-up remains fragile, and it is still much easier to have confidence in the home side’s top six than the Windies. The bowling units are fairly well matched but Bangladesh will be confident of winning this decider if just one their batsmen manage to convert their starts into a big score.