Bangladesh will take on West Indies in Taunton today in a bid to stay alive in the semi-final race in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup tournament in Britain.
Bangladesh, who have so far earned three points from four games, will play their fifth game of the tournament when they take on the Caribbeans in the smallest ground of the competition.The Tigers began the tournament in impressive fashion with a 21-run victory over South Africa but suffered two successive losses in the following two games as New Zealand defeated them by 2 wickets while England humiliated them by 106 runs.
Bangladesh were looking to bounce back against Sri Lanka and get themselves back on track but had to share points as the game was washed out without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain that eventually increased the importance of this match.
On the other hand, West Indies also have three points in four games after winning one, losing two and a washed-out game.
Bangladesh will be confident against West Indies because of their recent success against them as they have beaten the opposition for three straight times and that too in quite dominating fashion in the recent Tri-nation Series in Ireland to become an unbeaten champions.
However, the West Indies side that Tigers faced in Tri-nation Series is a vastly different side compared to now as they have bolstered their strength with the inclusion of their premier players like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell.
Bangladesh will be confident since they even beat a full-strength West Indies side a several times.Both teams met each other in ODI cricket for 37 times, amongst which West Indies won 21 and Bangladesh 14, while two other matches were rained out.
In World Cup, they took on each other four times and West Indies won three matches while the other match was washed out and therefore it is also the match for Bangladesh to set their World Cup record right.
Shakib Al Hasan who sustained a thigh injury during the game against England was declared fit to play but Mushfiqur Rahim’s wrist injury during the practice session on Saturday came as blow though later it was revealed that he did not sustain any fracture and is likely to make it in the playing eleven.
Bangladesh could be tempted to bring up fast bowler Rubel Hossain, replacing Mehedi Hasan Miraj considering the small size of the ground while if Mushfiqur finally doesn’t play, Liton Das will be automatic choice.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Abu Jayed, Liton Das (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal.
West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (wk), Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas.