West Indies v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, St Kitts August 24, 2014

Bangladesh face uphill battle to salvage pride


Match facts

Monday, August 25, 2014
Start time 1430 local (1830 GMT)

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West Indies were in frenzy towards the end of the second ODI, having sunk Bangladesh from a seemingly stable position to a sudden rout. They had bowled them out for less than 70 once before, but the high a team gets after engineering a collapse must rank alongside a bowler getting a hat-trick or a batsman scoring more than 30 runs in an over.

It is not just Sunil Narine's variety that has made West Indies' bowling attack look threatening. Jason Holder and Kemar Roach have alternated between roles as new-ball enforcers and holding bowlers. They haven't used too much pace but bounce has been ever-present, alongside change of pace.

West Indies would now want a similar performance from the batsmen who performed more than adequately in the last two games, but looked rusty for long periods. Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo have fifties under their belt but captain Dwayne Bravo has stressed he wants them to make full use of a good start. Kirk Edwards and Lendl Simmons have struggled, but Denesh Ramdin and Kieron Pollard have compensated with their good form lower in the order.

West Indies' strength lies in their big-hitting allrounders and, with the addition of Andre Russell for the third match, they will look to bolster the middle and lower order at the relatively small Warner Park. Pollard on song could be brutal on the Bangladesh bowlers who have so far held their own in the first two games.

The visiting team's bowlers have fought harder than their batsmen in the series. On a small ground, the bowlers will have a tougher time, compounding the problems of a struggling battling line-up that hit a new low in the second ODI.

So far only Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal have given hope of scoring a few runs. The plan to use Imrul Kayes and Shamsur Rahman at Nos. 3 and 4 may now be shelved while Mushfiqur Rahim is also due for some runs. Nasir Hossain has looked uncomfortable at the crease and Mahmudullah's bowling may help him get another chance despite failures with the bat.

The situation can only lead one to think West Indies will have a cakewalk on Monday. However, Bangladesh have some of the most emotional supporters in the world, who would be expecting a response of some sort from the team after the Grenada debacle.

Form guide

West Indies WWLLW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
Bangladesh LLLLL

In the spotlight

Sunil Narine has been nothing short of a terror for the Bangladesh batsmen. His three-wicket burst turned the second ODI on its head while his tight, late spells in the first game ensured a below-par total. Expect more of the same from him.

Anamul Haque had a wry smile after he was given out caught behind in the second ODI. He wouldn't have realised how the rest of the innings would pan out, but his first ODI exploits will be desperately sought as Bangladesh look to bounce back at Warner Park.

Team news

West Indies have added Andre Russell to their third ODI squad, and given his excellent form in the CPL, he could be picked in the playing XI at the expense of one of the bowlers.

West Indies (probable): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Kirk Edwards, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo (captain), 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Jason Holder/Andre Russell, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Kemar Roach.

Shamsur Rahman and Nasir Hossain have had poor games and could make way for Mithun Ali and Mominul Haque. Mahmudullah is likely to survive the chop despite a first-ball duck on Friday, thanks to an encouraging bowling performance. Sohag Gazi has been reported for a suspect action but it will not affect his selection for the ODI.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Shamsur Rahman/Mominul Haque, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Nasir Hossain/Mithun Ali, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Al-Amin Hossain.

Pitch and conditions

The last international match was played here more than two years ago, but both teams will be aware that Warner Park is batting-friendly and has short boundaries. There have been five 300-plus scores at this ground.

Stats and trivia

  • West Indies have only whitewashed their opposition in a bilateral ODI series at home two times in the last 22 years - once against Zimbabwe in 2013 and once against Bangladesh in 2004. Prior to 2004, the last time West Indies were undefeated in bilateral series was against South Africa in 1992 when they won 3-0.
  • Bangladesh won their last ODI at Warner Park in Basseterre, in 2009, beating West Indies by three wickets.


"I think winning the first two games was great but we have to take the last game seriously. We have to try to win a series without losing a game, take the last game like it is the first game."
West Indies offspinner Sunil Narine

"West Indies have a different bowling attack than ours, with much variety. If I talk about Narine, he is a different type of bowler. Still, if our batsmen had shown a bit more confidence, then we could have chased the total [on Friday]."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Android on August 25, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Hopefully, We (Bangladesh) Will Win The Last Game Though This Year, 2014 Isn't Seeming To Be Lucky At All.... But Again We Can Fly If It Becomes Our Day....

    Good Luck Bangladesh... !

  • Jon on August 25, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    I haven't watched a lot of BD domestic cricket but the issues they face are going to take a long time to sort. Given the population size, climate and love for the game I think there will be a day that BD will have a reasonable side. I believe players get picked far too early and get picked on potential rather than a good track record. For the last 15 years we have always heard this is a very young side and will develop. However what is the use of playing youngsters if you have to drop them. BD need to encourage their younger batsmen to go and play domestic cricket abroad where they will learn about professionalism and the hardships of sport at that level. BD players have one good innings and they will skyrocket to the status of a legend. BD should let their youngsters learn the game at domestic level and not at international level. These batting collapses will keep happening if you keep picking guys who have not learnt the art of battling out tough situations.

  • Android on August 25, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Cricket is not a game of emotion,it is a game of confidence & ability. It is true that BD have no ability to defeat WI.If they win it will be miracle of Cricket.

  • ESPN on August 25, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Bangladesh will do better in the last ODI

  • Steve on August 25, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    It will be 3-0 for WI. I think batting is the weakest link for BD. I would go as far as to say BD has the weakest batting line up of all test playing nations, even weaker than Zim. I just don't see anyone making a match winning knock.

  • Dummy on August 25, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    We need to play the best we have at all times and when we are back at the pinnacle then we can experiment and give chances where needs be.

  • Dummy on August 25, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Go Windies... But for me, honestly, I would take out Kirk Edwards and put Lendl Simmons in the opener spot, look how he rocked the place with Martin Guptil, in the same position during the CPL for the Guyana Amazon Warriors, and also when he was in higher batting order for Mumbai Indians in the IPL... I think they should really rethink the Kirk Edwards' opening the batting format they are using right now, I am just looking at the explosive nature of Lendl in his natural habitat as a batsman. And then Andre Russell could go before Jason Holder, who I think is doing well as an aggressive, economical front line bowler with a hint of bolstering the lower order batting. There is nothing wrong with giving a person a chance to show his worth and encourage his contribution, but when you want to reach the top, especially in this competitive atmosphere of this unpredictable game we love so, Cricket, we have be like the South Africans, Australians and those at the pinnacle of the sport.

  • Dummy on August 25, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    I'm not hearing anybody mentioning Sammy how can you have a limited over match and not include Sammy this guy has the team at heart

  • Raj on August 25, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Organise a 3 match series vs. Australia in Australia & than watch how Bangla players play against the best bowling attack in the world in hard conditions. I hope if they somehow draw 1 match then this team will capable to beat any team anywhere.

  • Alex on August 25, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    taskin and mominul must play for Bangladesh, drop kayes, play mominul at #3, move mushy back up to the #4 spot, shamsur bats at #5.

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