New Delhi. Defending champions West Indies and Bangladesh, stricken by two consecutive defeats, will face each other on Friday in a Super-12 match of the T20 World Cup. It will be a do-or-die match for both the teams as the losing team’s chances of reaching the semi-finals will almost be over. 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. After this, the two-time champion changed his attitude in the second match and gave the responsibility of grooming the innings to Lendl Simmons but this opener played very slow. Simmons 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 got a boost with Jason Holder joining the team
West Indies lost eight wickets in 64 runs between the 11th and the 20th over and failed to make a big score. 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. West Indies have been strengthened by the joining of Jason Holder to the team. Holder performed well with both bat and ball in the Indian Premier League (IPL). 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.
Lack of consistency in Bangladesh team’s performance
Bangladesh, on the other hand, is used to playing on such wickets but they have failed to take advantage of it. The Bangladesh team, 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. 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.