Bangladesh vs West Indies 2nd ODI Preview: WI lacking quality spinners to make impact against strong hosts
It was a walk in the park for Bangladesh who chased down a paltry total with more than 15 overs to spare in the first ODI. Not a lot different is expected in this match.
Delta between the two sides
With Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen and Shane Dowrich having not boarded the flight to Bangladesh due to COVID-19 concerns, West Indies do not have a lot of depth to challenge Bangladesh in their home conditions.
All told, it would have been difficult for the visitors to win the series even in the presence of their first-choice players given that Bangladesh have only become stronger over the last few years in their home conditions. However, in the absence of their top players, West Indies look too short on sources to pull off a victory.
On the other hand, Bangladesh have almost all their first-choice players available. With the return of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, the team is looking a lot more balanced so much so that top quality players like Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Afif Hossain and Shoriful Islam were not even able to break through in the Bangladesh XI in the first ODI.
Shakib's impressive return
All eyes were on the return of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was coming back after serving a one-year ban on charges of not reporting a corrupt approach. Shakib had only played a handful of first-class matches before making an international return but did not look like a fish out of water.
He was brilliant with the ball in hand and flummoxed the West Indies batters, picking up 4 wickets from 7.2 overs. What's more is that he bowled two maidens in his 10 overs and conceded just 8 runs, bowling at a ridiculous economy rate of 1.10.
"Focus was to put the ball in the right areas and let the ball do the work. I don't count all the domestic games I played, outside the dressing room people may think about it but I don't think about it. Should have finished the game tonight, but will work on it and will try to finish next time. The boys are playing after 9 months so everyone is a little bit nervous, but this win will help and we will be more calm and prepared for the next game," Player of the Match Shakib Al Hasan said after taking Bangladesh to an easy win.
He had the opportunity to finish things with the bat as well, but looked off colour in his second suit. The timing was not there and he was struggling to get the ball away. Accepted that the pitch was not the greatest for free flowing batting but you don't expect a 43-ball 19 from Hasan at a strike rate of under 45.
However, chances are that as the series moves forward and he spends more time in the middle, he will start to look closer to the Shakib Al Hasan we know and celebrate.
WI lacking quality spinners
Kyle Mayers was the top run-scorer for West Indies in the 1st ODI and scored 40 off 56 deliveries at a strike rate of 71.43. He was looking set for at least a half-century but was dismissed at the wrong time. Roman Powell scored 28, but there were no notable contributions from any other West Indian batsman.
With the ball, spinners Akeal Hosein and Jason Mohammed looked good for the visitors while Alzarri Joseph kept things tight. West Indies need a couple more quality spinners to turn things around which they are not carrying in their squad.
The team can consider trying out right-arm fast-medium pacer Keon Harding in place of Chemar Holder, who looked off-colour in the first ODI.
Here's the squads of both teams:
Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal Khan (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Md Mithun, Litton Kumer Das, Md Mahmud Ullah, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Saif Uddin, Mahadi Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam
West Indies - Jason Mohammed (captain), Sunil Ambris (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua Da Silva, Jahmar Hamilton, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Andre McCarthy, Kjorn Ottley, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Keon Harding, Hayden Walsh Jr.
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