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The Preview by Mohammad Isam in Khulna
November 29, 2012
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.
In the spotlight
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.
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.
"We can't just bat well one day and bowl well another day. It is a big challenge for us, but we will use the Asia Cup memories."
Mushfiqur Rahim explains what will inspired Bangladesh
"We played three ODIs last year and won two. We are looking to winning the series first, if not all the matches."
Darren Sammy makes everyone aware of his target.
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