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Bangladesh vs. West Indies 2021 : THE TIGERS COULD RUN HOT || 1st ODI

Bangladesh vs. West Indies 2021

1st ODI – Wed, 20th January


Home comforts at Sher-e-Bangla:

 Hosts Bangladesh are back to international cricket following a lengthy break. And this wait couldn’t have gotten any better with a home series against a considerably inexperienced side. They begin their path to the upcoming World Cup with high potentials pinned on them. However, the team’s unquenchable appetite for cricket has finally come to an end.

Led by Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladeshi team has a decent balance of youth and experience in their roster. The return of Shakib Al Hasan after a one year ban will provide balance as a chief all-rounder. With the home conditions favouring them, they should be the absolute favourites ahead of this match. 

Possible playing XI: Tamim Iqbal (C), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mohammad Saifuddin, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan and Rubel Hossain.

Spirited Caribbean Team:

West Indies have named an inexperienced yet skilled team for this tour due to personnel distresses regarding the bio-bubble. Jason Mohammed will be leading the team. Jason and co will be eyeing to upset the apple cart with a strong-willed performance, although it isn’t as cool as said.

Their bowling line-up will be vital, with young Chemar Holder being one to look out for, as he tries to make an impression in white-ball cricket. However, Bangladesh will be wary of West Indies, who have some experience to lay back on in Rovman Powell and Sunil Ambris.

Possible playing XI: Sunil Ambris, Andre McCarthy, Alzarri Joseph, Nkrumah Bonner, Raymon Reifer, Jason Mohammed (C), Rovman Powell, Kyle Mayers, Jahmar Hamilton (WK), Chemar Holder and Akeal Hosein.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The first ODI match between Bangladesh and West Indies will occur at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on 20th January Wednesday.

The Sher-e-Bangla Stadium wicket is a decent one to bat on, with enough assistance to offer the bowlers. There should be considerable swing off the surface to keep the speedsters engrossed.

Nevertheless, the middle overs will be vital to either team’s fortunes as spin is likely to have a significant say. Both sides will look to bat first, with the wicket expected to slow down as the match progresses. Considering the conditions and the unknown weather forecasts, 270+ targets should be a par score at this venue.  

Against All Odds:

Bangladesh exhaustively deserves favouritism at around 1.40, and the visitors are at 2.95. But instead of taking a pre-match, place your bets at a later stage with better rates. West Indies are not known to influence Asian situations significantly, but Bangladesh’s lack of cricket will see tough competition and easy change rates.

The numbers heavily suggest that Bangladesh is too reliant on Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. Their experience will undoubtedly change game dynamics.

Despite West Indies trailing at 2.95, we reckon quite a few will back the visitors with any great conviction. We are in for a thrilling game, and so shall the price books say.  

Eyes on Shakib:

Shakib Al Hasan returning to the team succeeding his one-year ban will be the headliners. But it’s practically as if Shakib was never out – for failing to report a corrupt method to the authorities – because there was barely any cricket for the home team due to Covid-19 since his suspension was announced in October 2019.

We were lured to make Shakib our acclaimed bet to the home team’s top score, but we can’t defend backing another choice.