About the Match
Bangladesh will be in West Indies playing the 1st of the 3-match ODI Series on 20th Aug 2014 at St. George, Grenada. While West Indies has last played a 3-match ODI series against England losing it 2-1 in Feb–Mar 2014, Bangladesh played against India at home, losing a 3-match ODI series 0-2. Most of the players in both the teams have been part of these two series and the West Indies team has its Caribbean Premier League in the concluding stage and hence very much active with their cricket.
Most of the players in the team have the experience of playing in ODIs in different conditions, against most of the countries; Jason Holder being the youngest of all has played the least ODIs, but has the best figures of 4 for 13. Chris Gayle has played 255 ODIs with 8743 runs under his belt, being the leading scorer amongst his team mates; he has a natural approach for the game and though being the oldest, is still kicking and ruthless with the bat, and he can fill the gap in bowling also with his effective and disguising off breaks, his best bowling figure being 5 for 46. Sunil Narine is another proven asset in the team, with his off breaks, and often comes out with an all-round performance. The team has a very good battery of fast bowlers in Roach, Darren Sammy, Jason Holder and Pollard with the Bravo duo capable of rendering an all-round contribution to the team supported by Ramdin and Simmons, who have the capacity to stabilize the innings. As a whole, the team is well-balanced and can prove formidable to the young Bangladesh team.
Bangladesh has matured in all forms of cricket over the years and the Young Mushfiqur Rahim, with 132 ODIs, leads the team, which has Abdur Razzaq with 151 ODIs as the most experienced player. They have a fairly good mix of fast and slow bowlers led by Mushrafe Murtaza as the strike bowler; with his best bowling figures of 6 for 26 in ODIs, he has been very good with the bat also having scored 1278 runs in 136 ODIs. Tamil Iqbal and Imrul Kayes are also able to give good start to the innings, both having scored centuries in ODIs. Shamsur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah have all contributed well with the bat and have the capacity to stabilize the innings in the middle. Young Sohaz Gazi is a very capable slow bowler who has changed the course of many games in the past and he can be very effective against the West Indian batsmen. The team has variety in all aspects of the game and has the habit of throwing surprises now and then; the younger players need guidance to prove their talents which the experienced ones like Murtaza and Razzaq will be able to render assisting the captain on and off the field.
Though Bangladesh will put up a strong front and come out all guns blazing, with the advantage of playing on their home soil, West Indies is favored to win the match.
West Indies, 1.25 @ TitanBet