Gibson Expects Improvement In Remaining ODIs
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson expects his side to produce an improved performance in the third One-Day International against Bangladesh in Mirpur tomorrow (5th December).
His side trail 2-0 in the five-match series after Bangladesh won the opening two matches by seven wickets and 160 runs respectively.
Gibson was critical of the way in which his batsmen had performed, failing to reach 200 in both innings. West Indies are, however, 4/11 favourites to win the third ODI with bet365, who make Bangladesh 11/5.
"We have gifted our wickets, but if we pay a little bit more attention and are a little bit more 'street-wise', especially against their spinners, and put a significant total on the board, I back our bowlers to defend it," he told WICB Media.
"This has been a good venue for us. We won the Test match here and we won the ODIs last year when we played here – but we still have to play good cricket to win the remaining matches.
"Bangladesh have shown that they are an improving One-day outfit for a long time, and when we played in the ODI series last year here, it was not an easy series.
"We never expected this to be an easy series, but we just haven’t produced the quality that we expected from ourselves, so we have to start from this match and get back to producing what we did in our previous ODI series against New Zealand, which was outstanding."
Gibson highlighted that one of the main differences between the two series was the contributions of the top order - excellent against the Black Caps but all but non-existent in Bangladesh.
"This is pretty much the same team that played against New Zealand when we won that series 4-1 and the fact is that the top-order batting made massive contributions – they got the bulk of the runs and batted for most of the overs,” he said.
"The all-rounders in the middle and lower order, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy and Andre Russell, were then able to make contributions at the back-end.
"But the foundations were laid by the top order and we have not laid any foundations for any significant totals in the first two games here, so if everybody does their job, execute the game plan and the batsmen take more responsibility, then I believe we will be alright," he added.
The West Indies were unable to train as they would have liked on the day after the second ODI after their practice session was cancelled due to the threat of a general strike in Dhaka but Gibson is hopeful the disruption will prove minimal.
"We did not have that opportunity, so we may arrive at the venue a little earlier [on Wednesday], so that the players can get into the nets and get some work done before the match,” he said.
"But some of the players have been in Bangladesh for a long time. It’s been a long tour for the players that were involved in the Test series, so sometimes a rest is as good as getting back into the nets.
"For the players that arrived for the limited-overs matches only, we hope that they have acclimatised and can get their heads around playing better than we have so far."
He added: "It's just disappointing that we have not been able to string together a good batting display so far with the quality batting that we have from the top all the way through to the middle order.
"Hopefully, the batsmen will take the responsibility for the bulk of the runs and try to bat most of the overs. To be dismissed, like we were in the second ODI – with 19 overs remaining – is very disappointing. Everybody is disappointed and so hopefully the guys will put it right."
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