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Bangladesh in search of more CWC Super League points

Ban v WI, 3rd ODI, preview

With the series already in the bag with two wins in two matches, Bangladesh would be looking to effect a clean sweep and move up the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League table.

Overview

Bangladesh vs West Indies, 3rd ODI
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
25 January 2021; 11am local time, 5.00am GMT

Playing against a West Indies side devoid of their regular players, Bangladesh appear a confident unit and have already won the three-match ODI series 2-0. They have 20 points in the Super League standings and look good to accumulate more. Their performance in the first two ODIs was clinical, with the bowlers restricting the visitors to below 150 in both matches.

While there is a change in the venue, with the third match being played in Chattogram, Bangladesh would want to continue their winning momentum. With the series already won, they might look to experiment with their playing XI, giving a chance to the other players in the squad like the uncapped Mahadi Hasan and Saifuddin.

On the other hand, there are plenty of problems for West Indies. Their batsmen, especially, have struggled to put runs on the board in both games. Barring Rovman Powell, none have looked comfortable in the middle. The others will need to take inspiration from him to play out their full quota of overs. Their bowlers haven't got much to bowl at in the two matches but have still managed to get a few wickets. If they can put up a decent total, their bowlers will get the time to experiment.

Remember the last time:  

West Indies chose to bat in the second ODI but it did not bring about any change in their fortunes. Like the first match, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Debutant Kjorn Ottley impressed with a cautious 24 but he failed to get any support from the top and middle order. Rovman Powell's 41 then propelled the visitors but they could manage only 148 runs before getting bowled out. Mehidy Hasan was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh, taking four wickets for just 25 runs. In response, the hosts lost three wickets but a fifty from Tamim Iqbal and a 43* from returning star Shakib Al Hasan ensured that they scaled the target in just 33.2 overs.

What they said:

Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh captain): "There is a lot of hunger in the dressing room, and there are people breaking the door down like Saif and Taskin. Good, healthy competition in the dressing room and they're working really hard in the nets, so no complaints."

Jason Mohammed (West Indies captain): "The spinners would always be a challenge, and we didn't build partnerships and lost wickets in clusters, so that's just not good enough. There's some positives, but hopefully some other guys put their hands up as well."

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