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After losing the test series embarrassingly, and then bouncing back to win the ODI series 2-1, the visitors, Bangladesh, showed a lot of character. Now they take on West Indies in the three-match T20 series beginning on 1st August. West Indies are known for their flamboyant nature in T20Is which is evident by their performance in the last World T20 competition. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will be pumped by their superior performance in the ODI series. Considering their improved performance and West Indies' expertise in the format, expect these T20 series to be a nail-biting affair.
West Indies have decided to rest their batting stalwart, Chris Gayle, for the T20I series. Chris Gayle was one of the best batsmen after Hetmyer and scored 142 runs in the recently concluded ODI series. He scored a valiant 73 runs off 66 deliveries in the final ODI match of the series.
West Indies have done well of late in T20s with their most recent win coming against World XI in the hurricane relief match played at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. Considering the poor performance of the bowlers in the ODI series, Windies have added left-arm pacer Sheldon Cotrell to add variation to their bowling attack. Andre Russell to makes his way back into the side and his hitting skills along with his bowling will be vital for them.
West Indies look a little weak without the Universe Boss at the top, but Evin Lewis and Chadwick Walton are capable of dismantling any bowling attack in the world. With plenty of all-rounders at their disposal, expect West Indies to put up a stronger fight as compared to what they did in the ODI series.
Evin Lewis, ADS Fletcher , MN Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Ashley Nurse, Samuel Badree, KOK Williams.
Bangladesh won the third and final ODI to register their first series win in nearly two years. The series win was brought about on the back of some brilliant individual performances by the seniors of the team, but they still have some wrinkles to iron out.
Although Tamim Iqbal looked at his fluent best, his partner failed to score runs in any of the three matches. Anamul Haque has scored just 88 runs in the seven ODIs he has played this year which will be a big cause of concern for the visitors. We might see him making way for Soumya Sarkar or Liton Das in the shortest format of the game.
Apart from Mahmudullah, Bangladesh does not have the services of any other finisher in their team. While Shakib Al Hasan has been brilliant in the middle overs, his failure to finish off games could hurt Bangladesh in T20s. Due to the above-mentioned reasons, Bangladesh failed to secure wins against Afghanistan despite being seeded higher than them. Overall, they look to be a good side and if they can plug a few holes, they'd be a tough side to get past.
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
Winning the toss and batting first was the way to go in the ODI series, we don't expect it to be any different in the T20s
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It's expected to be bright and sunny with little chances of rain. The surface will be better as compared to what it was like in the ODIs, though there will be ample assistance for the slower bowlers. A total of around 180 in the first innings could be match-winning here.
West Indies resting Chris Gayle is a strange decision considering his performance in ODIs and the fact that he hasn't played much Cricket for Windies prior to that. Despite Walton and Lewis at the top, Chris Gayle presence will be felt big time. On the other hand, Bangladesh has retained their ODI squad and have the momentum with them. With Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Tamim Iqbal in superb form, expect them to topple the hosts in the first ODI of the series.