Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st ODI, Khulna November 29, 2012

Bangladesh must look to fill Shakib gap


Match facts

November 30, Khulna
Start time 0900 (0300 GMT)

Big Picture

After two Tests against West Indies that taught Bangladesh many lessons, the hosts can look forward to a format they are more comfortable at. Their previous ODI assignment was the Asia Cup in March, when they finished runners-up ahead of India and Sri Lanka by losing a close-run final to Pakistan. Bangladesh's memories of that tournament will still be fresh and some of their batsmen are in good touch leading into the five-match series.

That's where the positives end for Mushfiqur Rahim's team. Their bowling attack will be severely tested by the absence of their best bowler - Shakib Al Hasan - due to injury and by the new fielding restrictions, which allows only four men outside the 30-yard circle during non-Powerplay overs. Their spinners will have to cope quickly with the reduced protection in the boundary.

West Indies are also wary of the new rules, but they have more ammunition to take advantage of the fielding restrictions, and even use the two bouncers per over more effectively. The visitors have the momentum from the 2-0 win in the Test series and they were boosted by the arrival of Kieron Pollard, who was named vice-captain for the series.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Tamim Iqbal will be the most important wicket that West Indies can take. He has been in good form since the Asia Cup, and performed in the Sri Lanka Premier League, the National Cricket League at home and the first innings of the Dhaka Test. Tamim should not worry about Shakib's absence and must carry on as he does, giving Bangladesh an aggressive start. But as Mushfiqur has asked of his batsmen, natural instincts should be tempered by the demands of the situation.

Bangladesh will target Sunil Narine, as they did in the Tests, but the spinner will not be easy prey in the limited-overs format. He thrives on scoreboard pressure and will be a handful if the batsmen are not careful of which way the ball is turning. Narine has an excellent ODI record, and that could help rebuild his confidence after an ordinary Test series.

Team news

Bangladesh picked the uncapped Mominul Haque to replace Shakib in the middle order with little expectations. The more difficult gap to fill is that of Shakib's role as a bowler. It is the first time they are without Shakib in an ODI since July, 2008. They are likely to pick two spinners and two fast bowlers but given Abul Hasan's batting exploits in the last Test, he could find himself in the line-up. Mominul is still a 50-50 call for the team but Sohag Gazi and Anamul Haque are more likely to make ODI debuts.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Jahurul Islam, 4 Naeem Islam, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Sohag Gazi, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Rubel Hossain.

West Indies are hoping Ravi Rampaul recovers from injury but they could go for a single fast bowler in Kemar Roach and three seaming allrounders. The batting line-up is more settled.

West Indies (possible): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Dwayne Smith, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Darren Bravo, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Devon Thomas, 9 Andre Russell, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Kemar Roach.

Pitch and conditions

An immaculate batting wicket will be what the teams expect and what they are likely to be served at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna. The pitch will offer runs, enough to satiate a weekend crowd. The weather has been brilliant in the southwestern regions of Bangladesh with mild temperatures throughout the day that drops further after the sun sets.


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Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Sami on November 30, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    @Legaleagle - hehe you were saying? I think again spoke way too soon but good luck for your hopes mate our Cricket is here to stay forever lol 5-0 West Indies lost the first game already good luck :P

  • Samin on November 30, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    I think the ODI series will be Bangladesh-2 & West Indies-3..........but anyway..I am a bangladeshi good luck...............

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    It's a huge challenge the tigers will have to confront. Yet, it will give us the opportunity to prove cricket is not a one man show but more of team game. So that's how I see it, the loss of Shakib, an opportunity rather than a loss. Good luck Bangladesh (Y)

  • Babaji on November 29, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Bangladesh is so lowly that even if West Indies win by a margin of 3-2, they will actually lose ranking points.

    I really hope West Indies can destroy Bangladesh 5-0. Inshallah!! Best wishes from Pakistan!

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    absence of Shakib has left a huge gap in the team. Finding an allrounder like him is not going to possible as Bangladesh doesn't have any in the pipeline at the moment. i would say his spot has to be filled in by a batsman and a bowler separately. Look at Windies. they will beplaying with four seamers on a pitch which does not have anything to offer for pacers other than runs in abundance. BD pacers should learn to hit the deck hard like the WI bowlers which is the only way to achieve wickets. I wished Zia to be in the team as he can contribute with his slow pace as a third pacer. Enamul should be in for Shakib's spin while Mominul for Shakib's batting. My eleven: Tamim, Zia, Mominul, Nasir, Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Mashrafe, Razzak, Enamul Jr., Rubel so we have 6 bowlers..3 pacers and 3 spinners...Mahmudullah and Nasir are not suitable as back up bowlers so let them concentrate on batting. Zia should open with Tamim for a boost in team score.

  • Haseeb on November 29, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    I think we should play three pacer for 35 overs out circle 4 filders.If we play Abul Hasan/Mominul change of Abdur Razzak,so it will be better for us.Becouse we can use Mahmudullah/Naeem/Nasir's off spin for that ten overs and we get three fast bowlers or get strong batting lineup.My best eleven for first ODI are- 1.Tamim, 2.Anamul, 3.Zahirul, 4.Mominul,5.Mushfiq, 6.Nasir, 7.Mahmudullah, 8.Abul Hasan 9.Mashrafee 10.Sohag Gazi, 11.Rubel.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Team selection is very poor. Anamul Haque, Jahurul Islam, Naeem Islam, should not be in one day team. Anamul Haque should have been selected in place of Nazimudin in second test. Sahariar Nafees was playing with a good strike rate in Tests. he should be in ODI squad and opening with Tamim. Ashraful should be in place of Jahrul Islam as he can also bowl. Alok Kapali should have got a chance as he is a good alrounder. Inclusion of this trio Anamul Haque, Jahurul Islam, Naeem Islam, in ODIs will simply result in poor run rate of the team and fall of quick wickets. Tamim will be in severe pressure because of these three batsman and will then loose wicket..I simply see Bangladesh loosing 3-4 quick wickets inside 10 overs with this team....Anyways good luck to Bangla tigers from a fan in India.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    bangladesh need first time a longer times bating, then we hope to win.

  • Naman on November 29, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    I just love reading the West Indies batting lineup for the T20's and the ODI's. Wow, the destructive abilities these guys have all the way down to no. 9 where Andre Russell is listed is just mind boggling and Narine is no mug with the bat. Just wonder what would happen if all these guys fire together. Maybe a score of around 450 runs. Just see the power Gayle Dwayne Smith Samuels Pollard Sammy Russell. Simmons and Bravo can too strike it big when it matters. Would like to see just one change in future to this lineup. The Thomas guy out of the side, Simmons to keep wickets and Dwayne Bravo to be added to the side. Wow another power hitter, and if one of the power hitters is failing or the bowling is leaking runs then bring Rampaul in. Samuel Badree The WI T20 specialist spinner could be tried out in 50 overs format as well. Best of luck to both the teams. May the best team win. Wanting to see a good series as a neutral and not a one sided one..:-)!!!

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    get alok kapali back or might b ashraful or aftab in place of sakib

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