LAST MEETING Bangladesh beat West Indies by 8 wickets
THE TEAM NEWS
Captain: Jason Holder
West Indies are coming off a stunning victory over Ireland in which their openers John Campbell and Shai Hope put on 365 for the first wicket and broke the ODI record for the biggest opening partnership so that will boost their confidence after the 196-run win.
The only concern for the Windies will be the lack of time in the middle for some of their other batsmen so they could be tempted to change their order here to give the likes of Jonathan Carter and Darren Bravo time at the crease.
Skipper Jason Holder will have been delighted with the performance of his bowlers as they all took wickets other than himself and relished the conditions so they will look to continue that form here in what should be an unchanged side.
Captain: Mashrafe Mortaza
Bangladesh start their World Cup preparations with this tri-series match in Dublin hoping to continue their recent good form against West Indies although conditions may not suit them as much as their opponents here.
After missing various regulars in their last series against New Zealand, they can count on key all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who has joined up with the squad after IPL duty as he is fit again along with Mohammad Mithun and both should start.
The only question mark is whether paceman Mohammad Saiffudin will be fit enough to play here after an elbow problem so Farhad Reza is on standby to replace him once again but this is otherwise as close to their strongest team in this format of the game as they have.
West Indies lost the ODI series against Bangladesh last time they met in December last year but the series against England and then the win over Ireland on Sunday has given them a major boost in confidence. This is a completely different team psychologically than the one which toured the sub-continent at the end of 2018 and they will relish the opportunity to prove that. Bangladesh have something close to their strongest line-up available here unlike the Windies, but form and momentum is with the Windies who should pick up another victory.
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