Bangladesh v West Indies, Twenty20, Mirpur

A chance to upset the champions

The Preview by Mohammad Isam

December 9, 2012

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Match facts

December 10, 2012
Start time 1800 local (1200 GMT)

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Kieron Pollard clobbered 63 off 29 balls, West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Twenty20, Florida, June 30, 2012
Kieron Pollard came good only in the final ODI © AFP
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Had West Indies beaten Bangladesh as they were expected to in the ODIs, the one-off Twenty20 international would have been more of an exhibition. Now, because Bangladesh won the one-dayers 3-2, the fixture will have added significance for the visitors. Their captain Darren Sammy said the T20 was West Indies' chance to finish this tour on a high.

Bangladesh will also want to end the year on a positive note. The ODI series triumph will have given them confidence, but they face a difficult task because they have struggled in the shortest format. And West Indies are the world champions in T20 cricket. Bangladesh had prepared extensively ahead of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, playing tournaments in several countries between June and September just to get a hang of the game

West Indies will be favourites once again, but they were favourites to win the ODIs too. They won't take Bangladesh lightly.

Form guide

Bangladesh: LLLWL (Most recent first)

West Indies: WWWLW

Watch out for

Kieron Pollard, after his 74-ball knock of 85 in the final ODI. The innings included eight sixes, and some of them were mishits that landed well beyond the rope.

Ziaur Rahman, who is regarded as the only specialist big-hitter in the Bangladesh team. He is likely to be picked at the expense of one of the regular batsmen, or a spinner, and will be asked to do half the job of a Pollard.

Team News

There are doubts over Mashrafe Mortaza's fitness, but he could be picked despite his thigh strain. He may last a 20-over game, but Mushfiqur has spoken about the risks involved.

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

West Indies could include all four allrounders but they would have to leave out one of the spinners, and that could be Veerasammy Permaul.

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


"We are T20 champions and we have to play like that on Monday."
West Indies captain Darren Sammy

"The expectations are now higher but through success in the ODIs, I want this team to do well in formats like Twenty20s and Tests."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by Sadequl on (December 10, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Very best of luck to the little tigers who just learned how to crawl & wish to see, you guys to stretch more victories to come by & make a significant role in world cricket arena to make us proud. Be positive on your approach & don't bother about the results cause everyone knows when tigers make row, result will be always on their side.

Posted by DarindaUK on (December 10, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Please Tiger Fans. Respect the World T20 Champions. They've proved to be best and won the CUP. What BD needs to do is to give their 100% to be able to compete and possibly win the game. There's no need to bash one another by all talks and no action. Grow up, show respect to one another and enjoy the game. STOP bad mouthing other countries such as our neighbour India's fan. Good Luck Tigers and hope you make it a Bijoy Dhibosh (Victory Day)

Posted by Marcio on (December 10, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Not overly surprised the WI have been doing poorly vs BANG. I have said it a billion times, but you cannot judge long-term success based on what just happened yesterday. If you actually look at the WI performances in the T20 WC, they were mostly poor till the semis, and were something like the eighth best team overall in terms of net run rate - struggled to beat NZ, Ireland and ENG. That tells me something - lady luck was kind to them. But people get so caught up in the final result they fail to see the big picture. That's why I wrote after WC that I couldn't see a WI resurgence. The same goes for the SA/AUS tests. SA struggled most of the series and only the good fortune of an opposition bowler breaking down in mid 2nd test saved them from a huge loss mid-series, and resulted in the change of the entire AUS fast bowling lineup for 3rd. To me that is more good fortune that anything else. That evens out - eventually.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Hopefully Bangladesh will win again..........

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

How could the author say it as UPSET don't you know What Tigers are Capable of.. They already played three T20 & Tigers beat them twice.. So before write it could be a UPSET go with History...

Posted by Mr.C00000l on (December 10, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

Best of luck Mushfikur Rahim & wish Darren Sammy will be very upset today

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

I am not agreeing with the post title! Because in both team meets 3 times in T20, and 2 times BD won. How i could tell this statistics an upset!! Best of luck for both teams.

Posted by saishwat.prgt on (December 10, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

Go on bangladesh!!! finally they are getting some touch here... really love this new look of bangladeshi team, but wonder why Shakib is still missing...

Posted by shanto892 on (December 10, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

they are not going to pick Shohag Gazi.....!!!!! but, why??? Shohag will be a lot better than Sunny if u have Gayle in concern.....

Posted by Maruf27 on (December 10, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

This is the chance for BD to crush Windies. Go get'em BD.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

tough to defeat WI in T20 but not impossible.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

I would like to see Bangladesh will win today T20 match 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Ziaur Rahman, 4 Nasir Hossain, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 7 Mominul Haque, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Shafiul Islam/Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Elias Sunny.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

Who want to be bet me? BD again win today.ha....ha.ha

Posted by LemonFromMadaripur on (December 10, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

I love to read the readers` comment specially from the Indians not only for their love and compassion to this game but also the depth knowledge of genuine cricket from the average people there. I feel ashamed when my Bangladeshi friends comment immaturely and express their emotion without any sense of logic (few exception also remains but not significant) . However, I like their noisy presence with bunches of similar comments. This reflects the same mentality and philosophy of a nation. The improvement of Bangladesh or our cricket is crossing an edge. I am very lucky at my last thirties to see our people and players witnessing morning sunshine of a rising nation. If BD lose today`s game embarrassingly even that will not be able to shut the valve of the flowing gate from where improvement is coming out every now and then.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

Lets see what happen! Never know what can happen? expecting Bangladesh to win cause the confidence they need, get from the odi series win. go ahead Bangladesh and bring some to cheer about. we have very little to cheer at this moment in bangladesh.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

BD may win if Tamim widen his bat positively

Posted by hasib9 on (December 10, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

For this match, Mashrafe and Shafiul both should play at the expense of Elias. They can both bat a bit too, which is a plus in T20.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

The Windies are the T20 WORLD CHAMPIONS,,,,you mightn't realise this but Bangaladesh were actually in that competition too,,,however they didn't win a match they play the team that beat the best of the best.....this could be one of the greatest upsets in sporting history.....if not it will be the greatest upset in T20 history.....

Posted by wiseshah on (December 10, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

this format totally belong to west indies. gayle will slaughter BD young boys, whose average age is 23.

Posted by BanCricFan on (December 9, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

The T20 head to head stat: --------------------------------- Ban Vs WI => 2:1

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

Go Tigers Go! You can make it 1-0!

Posted by Ibra95 on (December 9, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

in this t20 i think that wi has a 90% of probabilaty to win, after all they have grat big-hitters....we'll see...

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Not only really bothered what happens in that match but just want to say Bangladesh have beaten West Indies last year in a T20 match plus beat you at World T20 before so its not impossible. I hope Zia plays instead of Jahurul, can't believe selectors have still not realised that Jahurul can't play short pitched balls one bit.

Posted by Dunwall on (December 9, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Beating WI in the smallest format would be real hard...they have the most explosive batting line-up in the world currently. BD bowlers will have to give everything they've got to stop the likes of Gayle, Pollard, Samuels. On the top of it, the BD batsman have face Roach (who is building the reputation for sweeping BD's top order), may be Best and obviously Narine. But still, stranger things have happened in the past...lets see what happens in this one-off. Good luck to both teams.

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