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Two teams who are desperate for a win, the defending champions West Indies and Bangladesh will clash against each other at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, this Friday, which will mark the 23rd match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

The star-studded Caribbean side has been struggling to make inroads and with two thumping defeats to start with, Kieron Pollard have a very slim chance of making it to the play-offs from here on. 

Bangladesh on the other hand have not managed to replicate the same performances they showcased at home, even though the conditions have been well in their favor, they have not managed to open their account in the points table.

Both teams find themselves languishing at the bottom of the table and loss here will put their hopes of making it to the top four to an end. Can the two-time champions stay alive in the tournament? Or will Shakib Al Hasan spin a web over the hard-hitting Caribbeans?

Match Toss Time: 13:30 Local (15:00 IST)

Match Start Time: 14:00 Local (15:30 IST)

Match Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Head to Head

Matches played: 11, West Indies: 6, Bangladesh: 5

Weather conditions and pitch

WI vs BAN weather and pitch

Team News

As per the latest reports Obed McCoy has been ruled out of the tournament due to an injury and World’s best Test all-rounder Jason Holder is set to replace him in the squad. Given the Windies are struggling with form, it would not be a surprise to see Jason Holder make the cut.

On the other hand, Bangladesh too have will have concerns in their batting line-up as their slogger Afif Hossain has been struggling to deliver the goods which could mean that we may see Soumya Sarkar make a comeback into the side.

Probable Playing Xl

West Indies (WI): Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Hayden Walsh, Ravi Rampaul/Jason Holder

Bangladesh (BAN): Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain/Soumya Sarkar, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed

Must-picks

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and West Indies opener Evin Lewis seem to be in incredible form and they are expected to be the key players in the clash. There is no doubt over having them in your fantasy line-up as they tick all the boxes.

West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard and Bangladeshi in-form opener Mohammad Naim are our two other must-picks for this all-important encounter.

WI vs BAN fantasy team

WI vs BAN fantasy team
Cricwizz fantasy team

Captain and Vice-captain picks

Shakib Al Hasan Evin Lewis WI vs BAN fantasy
Shakib Al Hasan (C) and Evin Lewis (Vc)

Prediction

It is very tough to separate the two as both teams seem to be struggling to score the points. However, the Bangladeshi spinners have been in great form and they could once again be deadly in the Sharjah conditions. 

West Indies need something special from the batters because their bowling seems totally out of shape. This year might just not be in favor of the Caribbean stars.

Cricwizz predicts Bangladesh to win the match.

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