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Nervy Windies look to dominate
Eighth ranked West Indies and ninth ranked Bangladesh are at it again today, with the West Indies looking to wrap up the three-match ODI Dhaka Bank series at Queen’s Park, Grenada.
The close ranking of the two teams was evident in the opening match Wednesday, as the West Indies came back from 34 for five to claim a nervy three-wicket win at 218 for seven, despite loads of overs to go.
When gates open today, a lot more fans are expected to show, mainly because they will expect another cliff-hanger, but also because it’s Friday when people take it easy here in Grenada.
Light training in very hot and humid conditions prevailed yesterday and today’s action is expected in similar conditions, although it’s the rainy season here.
Allrounder Keiron Pollard, who won the man of the match award for his 89 on Wednesday says his team is looking to take the series here. “We are looking to improve all the time and we are surely going to come out hard against them to take a 2-0 lead. Coming out of the CPL we have had to make adjustments to our game and it will take a little while. The guys all know what is required and I think we will improve with every match.”
Defeat in the first ODI on Wednesday continued a dreadful run for the tourists in the shorter form of the game in 2014, with the Tigers having recently lost 2-0 at home to India in June. They were also beaten in all four games of the Asia Cup, which they hosted in February and March, including even to minnows Afghanistan, prior to which they were whitewashed 3-0 on home soil by Sri Lanka in February.
In the absence of suspended all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, and with big-hitting opener Tamim Iqbal woefully out of form, much responsibility for either posting or chasing a target in this must-win game for the tourists rests on Anamul Haque’s shoulders at the top of the order.
The 21-year-old’s confidence should be sky-high after his third century in just 20 ODIs—109 from 138 balls, with 11 fours and a six—in the opening match.
Whoever wins the toss is likely to field first at St George’s in order to make the most use of whatever life there may be in the surface at that time of the morning.
However, with 16 wickets falling in a little under 90 overs in the first game, batting conditions are again likely to remain tricky throughout this contest.
West Indies: DJ Bravo (capt), DM Bravo, KA Edwards, CH Gayle, JO Holder, NO Miller, SP Narine, KA Pollard, D Ramdin, R Rampaul, KAJ Roach, DJG Sammy, LMP Simmons
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Abdur Razzak, Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mithun Ali, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed