West Indies will eye a winning start in the first ODI against Bangladesh at Guyana on Sunday. West Indies are coming off a 2-0 Test series sweep over Bangladesh. On the other hand, The Tigers have suffered one defeat after another. Bangladesh would look to get back to winning ways in the ODI series against West Indies. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths, weaknesses of West Indies, Bangladesh and prediction of the first ODI on Sunday.
West Indies strengths
Competitive bunch of players
West Indies have done well at home so far in the Test matches they have played recently. They have played five Tests, wining 3 with one loss and one draw. Hence, they are extremely competitive at home and can give strong teams a run for their money. Jason Holder has led from the front in the Test series and would look to carry on the good work in the ODI series as well. They will also boosted by the return of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell for the limited-overs series.
West Indies weaknesses
They are unpredictable
West Indies can be brilliant in one game and mediocre in the next. They lost the ICC World Cup Qualifiers final to Afghanistan after dominating the tournament. Hence, it is difficult to predict West Indies’ performance in the dynamic limited-overs cricket. West Indies should work on team effort rather than individual brilliance to get it past a competitive Bangladesh team.
Windies ODI Squad: Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kieran Powell, Andre Russell.
Quality limited-overs players
Bangladesh are blessed with quality limited-overs players in Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah among others. They will be the key for Bangladesh in the limited-overs series against West Indies. As they are the senior members in the squad, they must take more responsibility to guide Bangladesh home in the series. Other players such as Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das can pack quite a punch.
Bangladesh can be guilty of being inconsistent to the core. They can be guilty of throwing away winning situations and grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory. In the past, Bangladesh have frittered away many advantages to force a win and had ended up on losing side on numerous occasions.
Bangladesh ODI squad: Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Abu Jayed
Prediction: West Indies will start favourite as they are playing at home. Bangladesh, however, would come hard at West Indies after the defeat in the Test series.
Possible winner: West Indies