Sharjah. Bangladesh will face West Indies Vs Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup today. This match will be a do-or-die battle for both defending champions West Indies and Bangladesh, stricken by two consecutive defeats. A defeat would mean a near exit from the tournament. While West Indies lost to England and South Africa, Bangladesh was defeated by England and Sri Lanka. In such a situation, both these teams now need to win to keep the hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.
West Indies need to overcome their batting weaknesses. Against England, his team was bundled out for only 55 runs. All his batsmen gave their wickets in reward. Instead of stealing a couple of runs on a slow pitch, he focused on playing big shots. The two-time champion then changed his attitude slightly in the second match and handed Lendl Simmons the task of grooming the innings but the opener played very slow and he scored 16 runs off 35 balls which increased the pressure on the team. Due to this other batsmen like Evin Lewis had to lose their wickets by playing risky shots. West Indies lost eight wickets in 64 runs between the 11th and the 20th over and failed to make a big score.
There may be changes in the team
In the next match, Simmons can be replaced by Roston Chase, who scored an unbeaten 54 in the warm-up match against Afghanistan. He is also a useful bowler and can provide a substitute in the spin department. The West Indies have been strengthened by the joining of Jason Holder in the team. Holder did well with both bat and ball in the Indian Premier League. The conditions in the UAE, however, are not conducive to the ‘big hitter’ of the West Indies. In the last seven matches he has played here, he has not won. These include both the pre-tournament practice matches.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, is used to playing on such wickets but they have failed to take advantage of it. Bangladesh, which entered the tournament as the sixth-ranked team after defeating teams like New Zealand and Australia, has lacked consistency. He was able to win only two of his last five matches.
Batsmen are not running
Bangladesh have talented batsmen in the form of Mohammad Naeem, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim but they have failed to contribute collectively. There was a lack of discipline in his bowling and he needs to perform better. The role of its spinners will be crucial against the West Indies.
The teams are as follows:
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (Captain), Nicholas Pooran, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Jason Holder, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Akil Hossain.
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah (Captain), Liton Das, Mohammad Naeem, Mahedi Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Noorul Hasan, Afif Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin and Shorful Islam. (with language input)