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West Indies vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI at Dominica

Dominica: The disappointment of West Indies' defeat in the series opener was not confined to their performance. They didn't get the pitch they wanted.

Ashraful's relatively guarded half-century was a sign of his determination to end a woeful run and should give him ample confidence as he tries to rediscover his dominating game. We know of Mahmudullah's ability as an offspinner but he proved his worth with the bat in the first game, smacking 42. His average of 26.46 isn't bad for a lower-order batsman, and given his talent, it can only improve.

Devon Smith and David Bernard threatened an upset in the first game and dealt with the spinners particularly well. Smith's experience in the international circuit is an asset, while Bernard's all-round skills are much-needed ammunition for a struggling West Indies outfit.

Team news

West Indies wicketkeeper Andre Fletcher continued his poor form with the bat, and West Indies will be tempted to give Devon Thomas a go. Dale Richards is an attacking opener but has struggled against spin. Though his style of play may pay off on his day, Kieran Powell, the left-handed batsman, may just be considered. Fast bowler Nelon Pascal had an indifferent debut, and Gavin Tonge could be given a call-up.

Squad (from): Floyd Reifer (c), Nikita Miller, Nelon Pascal, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Gavin Tonge, Devon Thomas (wk), Devon Smith, David Bernard, Darren Sammy (vc), Dale Richards, Andre Fletcher, Rawl Lewis and Travis Dowlin

Bangladesh are likely to retain a winning combination and a four-pronged spin attack.

Squad (from): Shakib Al Hasan (c), Tamim Iqbal, Syed Rasel, Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Raqibul Hasan, Naeem Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mosharraf Hossain, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Mohammad Ashraful, Mahbubul Alam, Junaid Siddique, Imrul Kayes, Enamul Haque and Abdur Razzak

Pitch and conditions
Richard LeTang, the head curator at Windsor Park, the venue for the first two ODIs, has said the pitch will provide "serious pace and bounce" though a score of around 300 would be chaseable.

Stats and Trivia

  • If Bangladesh win tomorrow, they will have recorded their ninth bilateral ODI series victory but their first against a current Test-playing nation.
  • West Indies, with a full-strength squad, have played four ODI series this year and lost each of them.

Match facts
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Start time 09.30 local time (13.30 GMT)

Highlights of the match

West Indies Bangladesh
Ranking 8 9
Captain Floyd Reifer Shakib Al Hasan
Coach John Dyson Jamie Siddons
Highest Total chased West Indies won by 7 wickets on May 20, 1999
Target Chased: 182
Most Prolific Batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul (378 Runs) Khaled Mashud (180 Runs)
Highest Individual Score Brian Lara (117 Runs)) Alok Kapali (89 Runs)
Best Bowling Analysis 5/29 by Mervyn Dillon on Sep 14 2004 4/16 by Tapash Baisya on May 15 2004
Most Prolific Bowler Vasbert Drakes (13 Wickets) Tapash Baisya (11 Wickets)
Head to head Total Played 14, West Indies 11, Bangladesh 1, No Result 2
Current Form LWLNL LLWWW (recent last)

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