West Indies will look to seal a series win against Bangladesh when they take on The Tigers in the second T20I at Lauderhill on Saturday. West Indies won the first T20I by 7 wickets via Duckworth Lewis method to take 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.
West Indies would be eyeing revenge of the ODI series loss against Bangladesh. The Tigers would look to finish off the tour in a flourish and bag the T20I series as well. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths, weaknesses of the two teams ahead of the second T20I between West Indies and Bangladesh at Lauderhill on Saturday.
West Indies strengths
Power-packed T20 line-up
West Indies are blessed with great batting line-up who feast on the shorter format of the game. They have Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher as openers who can destroy any bowling attack on their day. They also have the dependable Marlon Samuels, and Carlos Brathwaite and Andre Russell as all-rounders. In the bowling front, they have Samuel Badree, Ashley Nurse who took two wickets in first over of Bangladesh innings to put The Tigers on backfoot straightaway. Kesrick Williams took four wickets in the first T20I and would be raring to have a go again at The Tigers.
West Indies weaknesses
West Indies’ limited-overs team are extremely unpredictable. They can be ruthless and dangerous on their day and mediocre on their off-days. They will either blast the bowling on their day or succumb to record low totals on their off-days. Hence, it is difficult to say which West Indies line-up will turn up in the second T20I against Bangladesh.
Competitive limited-overs team
Bangladesh are one of the best teams in the limited-overs format, especially in T20 cricket. They have the resources to do well for their nation. They have earlier beaten top teams such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka in T20Is. Besides, they are coming off a 2-1 ODI series win against West Indies. Hence, it won’t be a surprise if they manage to level the T20I series 1-1. They have world-class batsmen in Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and talented all-rounder in Shakib Al Hasan. They can give West Indies a run for their money in the second T20I.
Just like West Indies, Bangladesh too are prone to inconsistencies. They can be world-beaters on their day and on their off-days, they will lose by a run when two is needed off three balls (Remember the 2016 World T20 clash against India). Hence, it is difficult to predict Bangladesh’s chances of winning the T20I series as inconsistencies have been their biggest bane.
Prediction: West Indies are playing at home and know the conditions extremely well. But Bangladesh will come hard at Windies with the series on line. Our vote goes to West Indies in the second T20I.
Possible winner: West Indies