Bangladesh v West Indies, Twenty20, Mirpur December 9, 2012

A chance to upset the champions

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Match facts

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

Big Picture

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.

Quotes

"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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  • 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.

  • UKDarinda 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)

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb on December 10, 2012, 10:57 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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...

  • Mr.C00000l on December 10, 2012, 9:56 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.....

  • Maruf27 on December 10, 2012, 6:42 GMT

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

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