Rejuvenated Windies Eye Series Win Against Bangladesh

Shai Hope after completing his ton in second ODI against Bangladesh.


Bangladesh’s 2-0 whitewash of the West Indies at home in the two-match Test series led many to believe the limited overs series would be a foregone conclusion as well, a notion strengthened by the manner in which the visitors lost the first ODI of the three-match series. However, a series-leveling win in the second match means both teams go into the final match at Sylhet on Friday with a chance to take home the series.
Shai Hope and Keemo Paul’s unbeaten 71-run stand helped rescue them from 185/6 and lead them to victory and off-spinner Mehidy Hasan believes the hosts must figure out how to keep Hope quiet.

“Shai Hope is playing excellent cricket and in the last game it was a chance-less effort, so we need to work on how to stop him. They won because they played well while we lacked in some areas. We just need to improve on that,” Hasan said ahead of the game.

The other major concerns for the home side will be ensuring that no catches are dropped as well as putting enough runs on the board for their bowlers to defend.

Both issues plagued the side in the previous match and the home side will be keen to ensure that at least one of the top order batsmen manages to score a hundred or even bat through the innings.

“We always had centuries or two centuries or innings of 80-90 runs. The batsmen couldn’t implement what they tried to do. We have to minimize the mistakes in the next game,” Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza had said after the previous game.

For the Windies, the focus will remain on building on what they did well in the last game. Hope will be full of confidence but so will Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo, both of whom made good starts but could not build on them.

That being said, there are headaches for them as well. The form of stand-in skipper Rovman Powell and opener Chandrapaul Hemraj remains a concern and their bowlers have had a mixed showing in the series.

The hosts boast a far superior bowling line-up, meaning the Windies batsmen will need to step their game up so as to stand a chance of emerging victorious.

In July this year, Bangladesh had won an ODI series against the Windies in the Caribbean 2-1 after being 1-0 down. The Windies will be hoping to pull off a similar feat this time around.

First Published: December 13, 2018, 1:50 PM IST