Dhaka: While the preceding Test and ODI series went Bangladesh's way quite convincingly, that West Indies would stage a much better fight in the T20I series would have come as no surprise to anyone. They are after all the current holders of the World T20 Trophy and boast of a host of power hitters in the lineup who can topple any attack in the world.
Bangladesh discovered it the most difficult way possible in the first T20I on Monday as a Shai Hope raid overwhelmed the hosts by eight wickets.
Pursuing 130 for a success, West Indies supported by a 23-ball 55 by Hope frolicked home in a simple 10.5 overs. The guests will seek after a comparative outcome come the second T20I at Sher-e-Bangla International Cricket Stadium in Mirpur as they hope to seal the three-coordinate arrangement.
West Indies ticked most boxes in that opening diversion. Pacer Sheldon Cottrell, who was chosen Man of the Match for his 4/28 crushed Bangladesh's spirit right on time with a whirlwind of wickets and alongside individual quick bowler Oshane Thomas will be quick to give his side a comparable begin.
Thomas was getting it done in the opening experience and having gotten himself an IPL contract with Rajasthan Royals will go into the second T20I with restored fervor.
Aside from Hope, who has been as his life this visit, Nicholas Pooran and Keemo Paul were great also. Carlos Brathwaite likewise demonstrated frame with the ball and will trust his group can think of another aggregate execution and take the arrangement in Mirpur.
For Bangladesh, on the other hand, notwithstanding Shakib Al Hasan's 43-ball 61 very little went to support them. Just three of their batsmen could oversee twofold digit scores as Bangladesh lost four wickets inside the Powerplay. It was simply because of chief Shakib's 50 years that they in fact figured out how to achieve 129.
While the Mirpur surface is probably going to help the Bangladeshi batsmen more, they should see scoring much more in the initial six overs when the field is up. The accomplished delivers Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah should bear that much additional obligation and step up with regards to the West Indian pacers with the others while hoping to go hard against the spinners.
The bowlers also should figure out how to initially rupture through the relentless Hope whose last three universal innings read 55, 108* and 146*. The 25-year-old has been the backbone of the West Indian batting unit and Bangladesh will know getting him out inexpensively may make whatever is left of the players marginally apprehensive.
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Hider Rony, Ariful Haque, Mustafizur Rahman
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (c), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Kesrick Williams, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Shai Hope, Sherfane Rutherford, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Pitch and conditions
A bright, sunny day with temperatures ranging between 15 to 26 degree is expected in Dhaka. A high-scoring affair may be expected.
Stats and triva
The last T20I played at the venue was between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in February 2018 where both teams scored in excess of 190 runs.
Thursday, 20 December 2018
Start time: 17:00 local (11:00 GMT)