Bangladesh vs West Indies 2nd ODI Preview

Bangladesh vs West Indies

The first match of the Bangladesh vs West Indies has just ended with the visitors falling way short on their performance. Bangladesh with a star-studded line-up reduced the relatively inexperienced West Indies squad to rubble by winning the ODI match with six wickets in hand and more than 16 overs of batting left. 

COVID-19 affecting the performance

In the first ODI, West Indies set a paltry 122 runs as target after batting first. Bangladesh however, did not seem at ease with this low score and took ample overs to finish the game. Given that the team was playing an International match after a long time, the home team took their own sweet time to get to the target.

But what matters is they crossed the line, and did so with lots of wickets and overs to spare. The win has been a welcome for the Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal who while acknowledging the need to bat with greater patience during the middle overs, should also be happy with the result.

The lack of seasoned players on the West Indies squad has hit the visitors hard hard. A slew of names ranging from the likes of Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Shamarh Brooks and Evin Lewis to Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich have all decided not to fly to Bangladesh for the tour owing to the ongoing pandemic situation.

The loss of almost all the key members of the squad has affected the team’s overall performance. Considering Bangladesh as a team has exponentially evolved over the years to become a strong team, it would be very difficult to beat them at home. The presence of experienced players on the West Indies squad might have posed a challenge, but considering the current squad the visitors are playing with, a win looks like a tall order.

The return of Shakib al Hasan

Returning from his ICC mandated ban, all eyes were on star all-rounder and erstwhile Bangladesh skipper Shakib al Hasan, and he did not disappoint. Returning back to International cricket after almost a year, Hasan took to the match like he never left. He bowled a brilliant 10 over spell with two maidens and 4 wickets, giving away 8 runs in the process. With a brilliant economy rate of 1.10, Hasan tore through the inexperienced West Indies batting line-up and restricted the flow of runs. Apart from contributing with the ball, Hasan also was in the thick of things with the bat scoring 19 off 43. After the match, he noted, 

“Focus was to put the ball in the right areas and let the ball do the work. I don’t count all the domestic games I played, outside the dressing room people may think about it but I don’t think about it. Should have finished the game tonight, but will work on it and will try to finish next time. The boys are playing after 9 months so everyone is a little bit nervous, but this win will help and we will be more calm and prepared for the next game.”

Given that the star all-rounder has just returned after a long hiatus, it might take him some time to get used to regular cricket again. But West Indies should watch out for this man, as he is only going to get better from here.

Bangladesh vs West Indies – Match Conditions

It is not often that one can be absolutely certain about match conditions before the match. However, the pandemic situation has been beneficial that way, that there will be no change of venue at least for the 2nd ODI. Going into the match, it is certain that the pitch is not going to be a friendly surface to bat on.

Both the teams showed a fair bit of struggle while batting on the pitch. The weather is likely to stay humid and so, a fair bit of moisture may also come into play. It is up to the visitors especially to quickly get used to the conditions at hand, lest they face another ODI defeat.

Bangladesh vs West Indies Conclusion

The stellar performance that Bangladesh has displayed in the first ODI makes it very unlikely that they shall change their squad. West Indies on the other hand, need to be more adept at both playing and delivering spin.

Their spin bowlers have not taken advantage of the subcontinent conditions and this could prove to be their undoing going into the second test. With the ICC ODI Super League points in play, both teams would be looking to step up their performances as these wins could ultimately decide which teams qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup.