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Bangladesh vs West Indies, 1st T20I Match Prediction

Dec 17, Mon 12:00 GMT , Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh 129/10
West Indies 130/2 *
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

West Indies won by 8 Wickets

ABOUT THE MATCH

After hosts Bangladesh registered a 2-1 victory in the recently concluded ODI series, they will be the favourites when they take on West Indies in a 3 match T20 international series starting in Sylhet.

Match Preview

Bangladesh and West Indies have met 9 times in T20 internationals. Both teams have won 4 apiece with one match ending without a result.

These two teams have played 3 T20s in Bangladesh, with the West Indies winning on 2 occasions. Their last meeting in this format was the 3 match bilateral series in the West Indies earlier this year, where Bangladesh triumphed 2-1 despite losing the opening match.

iconBangladesh Team News

Mohammad Mithun and Mohammad Saifuddin who were part of the ODI series have been included in the Bangladesh T20 squad as well. Mosaddek Hossain and Abu Jayed were part of the T20 squad when they last played the Windies in August but both of them have been dropped for this series. Sabbir Rahman who was also a part of the Windies tour is presently serving a 6 month ban for disciplinary issues.

Shakib Al Hasan will be the captain of the side with Liton Das continuing his duties behind the stumps. The main men for Bangladesh will be Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmadullah and Mustafizur Rahman.

iconWest Indies Team News

The major news for West Indies is that Even Lewis is back in the squad for the first time since pulling out of the limited overs leg of their recent India tour. Pacers Kesrick Williams and Sheldon Cottrell are back in the squad which means the injured Obed McCoy is not part of the plans. All rounders Kieron Pollard has not been picked for this series. Offspinner Ashley Nurse has not recovered from his shoulder injury while Andre Russell is still nursing his knee so both of them will not feature either.

With the IPL auction just a day later, everyone will been keen to impress the team owners by excelling in this match. The likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Carlos Braithwaite are on every team’s wish lists and a good show here will definitely increase their stock.

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Pitch Conditions

 

There aren’t too many runs on this ground as was evident in the 3rd match of the ODI series. Moisture will make it difficult to bat in the second innings but will also make it tough for the spinners. A 150 par score should be good enough on this pitch.

Toss Prediction

 

Expect the team winning the toss to bat first.

Our Match Prediction

Despite losing the ODI decider, West Indies have lots of big hitters in their team and they can win this one.

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