Bangladesh v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Shaken teams search for form

The Preview by Siddarth Ravindran

March 24, 2014

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Cullinan: Not sure WI can turn it around

Match facts

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Start time 1930 local (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

Dwayne Smith smacked three sixes, West Indies v England, 2nd T20, Barbados, March 11, 2014
West Indies will hope Dwayne Smith can provide the thrust at the start of the innings © WICB Media

Two teams who aren't at the top of their game come together in Tuesday's clash. Bangladesh, the hosts, have had a forgettable 2014 so far, with lacklustre showings in the home series against Sri Lanka and the Asia Cup which were capped by a defeat to Hong Kong in the first phase of the World T20. West Indies, the defending champions, have lost seven of their previous ten T20s, including their opening game in the World T20, where they went down meekly to India.

After the lukewarm start in the loss against India, talk about West Indies' ability to take singles again got plenty of airtime ahead of the Bangladesh game. Whether it is through singles and twos or through big hits, West Indies need a victory over Bangladesh, as their remaining games in a tough group are against Australia, who are rated among the tournament favourites, and a formidable Pakistan outfit. Defeat to Bangladesh won't eliminate West Indies, but it is likely to mean that their chances of making the semi-finals are not in their hands, leaving them needing to win their remaining matches besides hoping other results go their way.

Bangladesh, despite their defeat to Hong Kong, have achieved their first goal: of reaching the Super 10s and thus avoiding the ignominy of having to watch a party in their backyard from the sidelines. They are positioning themselves as spoilers in a group of heavyweights, and can be tricky opponents, especially at home if the track suits their array of spinners.

Form guide

(last five matches, most recent first)

 Bangladesh: LWWLL
West Indies: LLWWW

In the spotlight

As someone who strikes at around 130 in T20s, Dwayne Smith will want to make amends for his torturous 29-ball 11 against India that robbed West Indies of any momentum at the start of the innings. With Chris Gayle expected to stick to his method of biding his time early on, Smith is entrusted with the task of providing the opening fireworks. Bangladesh's new-ball bowlers have a challenge on their hands.

Chris Gayle had recently jokingly remarked that he had made Sohag Gazi famous by hitting him for six off the first ball of a Test. That was when West Indies last toured Bangladesh in 2012, but even on that tour Gayle didn't exactly dominate - Gazi dismissed him three times in Tests and ODIs. The rivalry is set to resume on Tuesday, when Gazi is expected to be picked as a replacement for Farhad Reza

Teams news

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has said they have to still take a decision on their quick bowling line-up: whether to bring in either the experienced Ravi Rampaul or the pacy Sheldon Cottrell in place of Krishmar Santokie. He wanted to take a close look at the conditions in Mirpur before taking a call.

West Indies (probable): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Dwayne Smith, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Darren Sammy (capt), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Ravi Rampaul/Krishmar Santokie, 11 Samuel Badree

Bangladesh are expected to make several changes to the side that went down to Hong Kong. With Rubel Hossain injured, Ziaur Rahman is likely to get a game while offspinner Sohag Gazi is set to replace the expensive Farhad Reza. They could also bring in Shamsur Rahman for Sabbir Rahman.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Shamsur Rahman, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Sohag Gazi, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Al-Amin Hossain

Stats and trivia

  • West Indies are the only top-eight team that Bangladesh have beaten in Twenty20s.
  • Andre Russell's economy-rate of 9.60 is the second worst among all those who have bowled more than 30 overs in T20Is. Only New Zealand's Doug Bracewell (9.61) has a worse economy rate.
  • With 42 wickets, Shakib Al Hasan is the joint highest wicket-taker, along with Abdur Razzak, in T20Is for Bangladesh. He is also 12 runs short of surpassing Tamim Iqbal as the highest run-getter in T20Is for Bangladesh


"It is hard to predict against West Indies. If they play well, we are finished. If it is not their day, then we have a chance to do well."
Shakib Al Hasan on playing West Indies

"People will make assumptions based on what happened last night. India bowled well. We didn't get singles but we don't normally get singles. That's the way it goes sometimes."
Ottis Gibson on his team's mindset after the loss against India

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Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 25, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

It was a nightmare for BD team today. Though they opted to field first, they never managed to stick to their plot. Dropped catches and misfields cost them the game. Once they allowed WI to reach 171, it was always a tough ask for the BD batsmen. Even the due did not come for their rescue. And to add to their agony it was an amazing bowling and fielding display by the WI team. A good comeback by the WI after their loss to India. Cheers!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 14:05 GMT)

Bangladesh and Pakistan are supporters of each other. My supplication is that they beat defending champion west indies today. The support bangladeshi brethen have given to pakistan team has been very refreshing, inexplicable, ecstatic and uplifting. It's almost as if pakistan team is playing in Pakistan !

Posted by wapuser on (March 25, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

How can the WI team be playing to best, when the selectors don't have a clue what they doing.

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

@asif. No one i guess

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

its really hilarious...its BD v wi and still BD

Posted by A-Gunnie on (March 25, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

Windies all the way in this one to get back in the competition.....Gayle Storm I say.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

Go Bangladesh. There is a strong DB support in Pak.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

Sorry Mr. Daryl Cullinhan, there one is lion in Bangladesh that the West Indies though just asleep they are still dangerous. West Indies will fire on all cylinder in today's game and this I believed will give them the momentum to repeat as champions. On one can stop the Windies, losing to India is the wake up call we needed, watch out now.

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

tnx all commented who talking about bd cricket like supported. and we just hope to win and hope bd team all member will give his best today.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

Who is with me on Pak vs Ind Final?

Posted by chapathishot on (March 25, 2014, 12:16 GMT)

@shamieshane.Nice camoflauge,but the number of times you say yourself as Indian gives you away .Also any person other than a Srilankan with a little cricket knowledge will never say that Srilanka is performing consistently around the globe. The records speaks for itself and no cricket team other than Austrailia recently has won an away test series also other than Bangladesh (Which no body will take as an away win )LOL

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

bd squad need to be changed otherwise there would be no hope for winning . team should be like . tamim . anamaul . shamsur . shakib . mushy . mominul. Ziaur . mahmudullah / sabbir . mashrafe. gaji . razzak . although razzaq is expensive bowler but we have to think one thing is wi weak in spin .

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

@ramz30380 very well said. bro I completely agree with you.. guys need to have sportsmenship regardless of teams playing

Posted by bowlfordecoy on (March 25, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

To every indian fan , this is quickest way for india to advance. WI vs Ban >> WI loses Aus vs WI >> Aus Loses that makes India advance without any problems with NRR I wish Ban wins today and they have good chances to win this too for WI performance on any day is unpredictable. Ban is capable of doing it against WI , shakib n co bowl tight lines and not allow boundaries. their batsmen keep wickets n slog in last 5-6 overs wud do it for them,Still its the cat on the wall ,if WI light it up , they wud get a massive NRR lead. fingers crossed.

Posted by cricketer85 on (March 25, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

@AllenBD69 u r a brilliant ambassador of BD cricket.....doing great defending the team from BD haters at the same time appreciating the lovers from other countries......cheers!! keep it up mate!!

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

@allanbd we have our team to cheer...and it has given us many moments to cherish and cheer. .we are not bashing BD... but somehow you guys and SL fans cant enjoy cricket without taking on India regardless of India is playing or not...please go through all the comments and see who pulled india into Bd vs Wi forum..and if you guys say anything against our team we are certainly gonna come hard at you...please check and then comment

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Good luck to both teams, hope for a really great contest, and may the best team win in the end. Ah, it feels nice to be on neutral ground...:) (a SL fan)

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

back Bangladesh to win this. with the support they have I won't write them off just yet

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 25, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

All the best to both teams

Posted by ahmedShiraz on (March 25, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

what are the chances of rain ? shows 50 % ?

Posted by shamieshane on (March 25, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

Guys, the current openers (Tamim & Aanmul) is doing much better than our (Yes, i'm and Indian) Indian Openers. BD is a good team with very talented young group of players, only thing they are missing is more international exposure and winning under stressful situation. They just need to be groomed to have more mental strength, a coach like Gary Kristen can do wonders to this BD team.

Stop being a childish and immature and bashing each others and appreciate the good things in other teams irrespective of the country.

Yes being an Indian,

1. I love BD for their passion towards Cricket 2. I love SL for their amount of talented players they are producing over the years 3. I love PAK for their aggression and bowling skills.

I openly agree here that out of all the Asian teams, SL is the only team performing consistently around the Globe, PAK is unpredictable as always and IND need to improve their winning skills in overseas conditions. BD need Gary for at least an year.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

It'll be close contest but WI seem to win.

Posted by byc89 on (March 25, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

BD team desperately needs to win this match. Morale of WI team might not be at their best right now and BD players can ask some tough questions from them. BD team performance automatically raises doubt that when BD will appear even once in 'top 8' teams. Stats speaks for themselves that West Indies are the only top-eight team that Bangladesh have beaten in Twenty20s. All the major teams started playing T-20s around same time yet BD still has to prove itself.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

@AllenBD69...I think you have to look into stats first how many times PK lost game against ZM or any other weaker can beat good team once but not twice...the point is PK or india lost once against weaker teams but on the other hand they won plenty of matches staging stronger teams (SA, AUS, ENG, SRI) as well...while in case of BD they lost games against good teams and weaker why you BD fans don't understand a BD fans its ur right to support ur team but why u start comparing ur team against PK or India you guys are no where near PK or India. If you talk about history when we are not stronger but at that time if you listen match commentary we never compare our teams against good teams either and we accept that.....

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

It will be very sad if rain washout this match.......Its cloudy and gloomy now.

Posted by Hikka_Machang on (March 25, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

All the Best got some class players, your team can beat any team given day. play as a unit, your boys can do it. as an Asian, as a neighboring country, we like to see BD win. < from True Sri Lankan Fan>

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

today the tigers will rise once again, not to spark hope or to touch the raising glory but to conquer it imbress it and run with it to the end

Posted by wapuser on (March 25, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

I dont know before this tournament, that Hongkong is a cricket playing nation. Defeating is not a big issue, but when its from some Munir Dar, its also became an issue. However, best of luck to Bangladesh.

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

whenever there is a BD match vs whomever, You'll see indian fans pouring with negative & discouraging comments.

Posted by akalam1 on (March 25, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

Love bd or hate bd both are in our favour .. If you love bd it will alway be in your heart if you hate bd it will alway be in your mind

Posted by Srabonkothaboli on (March 25, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

I think Bd will the match.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

Good chance for BD to spring up a surprise, with home conditions and a good all-round attack. West Indies, I feel, rely heavily on some players, and as a unit can falter if Gayle, Bravo do not click. So, I believe the match is going to be interesting. Hoping for an exciting game. :D

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

Best of luck BD you guys will win with the cheer of your home crowd.Frm SL

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 25, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

@ All fans of the SC who are having a go at each other - please stop this mates! Every team is spl for their supporters and whn u talk nonsense abt another team, it is only obvious that their supporters are going to pounce on you & ur team.

Lets appreciate good cricket when it is played. Lets not critise just because we can... constructive crticism is good but having a go at each other isnt. Lets let go of this debate, every team is spl, has the potential and can turn the tables!

Ind was not a strong force till it unexpectatnly won the WC in 1983, Pak became a reckoning force in 1999, SL turned the tables with their win in 1996, BD needs a performance like that to turn the tables on their performance - once they do that, I am sure many ppl here will be eating their own words!

All the Best for today's match Bangladesh & wishes that an Asian team lifts the cup - from an Indian cricket Fan

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

@maria_01: Thank you. This time Srilanka or Pakistan will be Champion hopefully.

Posted by cyborg1987 on (March 25, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

BD is going to lose. Then their so called legendary players like Mushi, Sakib etc etc will know their actual place. Mushi's list of countries against whom he wants to take revenge will keep on increasing as the series progress. WI will win this match convincingly.

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

Ya, BD lost to Afghanistan & HongKong. india lost to Kenya & Bangladesh as well. recently Pakistan lost to Zimbabwe. So? What's the very big deal ?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

@maria_01...............thank you for supporting our bangladesh team........bangladeshi from riyadh.

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

its really hilarious ...its Bd v wi and still BD and SL fans having a go at guys really make us great..dont you feel so

Posted by sazzad-BD007 on (March 25, 2014, 10:26 GMT)

Bangladesh has every chance of winning 2day but for that I believe Mash need to play bcauz he is the only bd pacer who can give the likes of gayle nd smith an early headache but if he does't play then our spinners will hav some extra efforts to make.And isn't there any window through which mahmudullah can be thrown away?

Posted by irishhawks on (March 25, 2014, 10:26 GMT)

I love West Indies..and beware are beaten black and blue by afghhans and HK,,And West indian hitters are up for something today..They are ready to peel leather off cricket balls and may be your stadiums will prove too small for their towering sixes! I feel sorry for your poor bowlers..They are gonna serve as dinner of Carri bean Kings!! Bangla cricket board plz distribute some helmets in the crowds as they will never know where they are coming from!!

Posted by neanderthal on (March 25, 2014, 10:25 GMT)

Guys give it a break. If bangladeshi fans want to say their team is the best even after losing every time, so be it. Frankly speakng, nothing wrong in passionate fan. Every sport needs them. The problem is I see a few Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan fans in every forums talking rubbish about India all the time. And when the huge number of Indian supporters start the backlash they cant handle it. India has played BD once once in last year but I have seen these BD people in every Indian forum last year talking rubbish. Why cant you handle the backlash now? Finally India has played them in Asia cup and wil play them again here. There is no escaping now.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

this post is only for mr.@Angshuman Dutta, as a cricket fan, I think I can speak for everyone by saying we all respect what Indian team has achieved and as a Bangladeshi, disappointed that Bangladesh hasn't done better over the years. What i can say to you is that broaden you mind, and do not forget your own history, it is well documented that when India was granted test status in 1932, for its first 50 years it was considered the weakest team in cricket, winning 35 out of 196 test matches. India was the sixth team to be given test status fyi. In that standard, India should not have retained test status given their dismal performance as compared to the other test playing nations of that time, so stop picking on Bangladesh, as they will get better only when they play more test matches with better teams, in a span of 14 years India has only played 7 tests with Bangladesh, can you explain the reason behind this. The defeat of 2007 really got stuck in your heads and can't get over it

Posted by maria_01 on (March 25, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

All the best to team Bangladesh, we Pakistanis are with you, You guys are highly capable of pulling this off, nd thanx alot for you great support in stadium for Pakistan team. Go Tigers Gooo!!!!! from Pakistan, pls publish

Posted by tearshan on (March 25, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

@AllenBD & @Kaluwa : looks like all of us are gonna be united while leaving India alone. Perhaps they will only remain two biggies for their shelter only when wealth exists. But Indians should not forget that neighbors are there for you when difficult times come. This is valid for both cricketing and non cricketing scenarios. View from SL fan..

Posted by realfan on (March 25, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

@AllenBD69 : BD beat indian in many world cups???? lol, how many have BD played till now??? remember you had to pass through selection test among ZIM, ND, IRE, KEN, NEPAL, AFGAN, UAE to enter to this tournament and that too playing on your home ground... talking about india not reachinf asia cup final, lol india won asia cup 5 times , more than pak and lanka .... BD recently lost to afgan which is not ranked itself...

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

@ bowlfordecoy: Thank you for showing broad mentality bro.

Posted by realfan on (March 25, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

dude cullian you said the same about india in previous match, do one thing, you just predict the matches of saffas where they chocke in almost every match.... analysing is not your cup of tea... take some good rest at home and do you work with saffas team...

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

Bangladeshi players need to play sensibly, full stop. Reaching the 30s and giving your wickets away playing loose shots when you are going well above 8 an over (as happened in that day with Hong Kong) won't do you any good. If they can do that, and the bowling manages to click, it can be anybody's game. Of course I would want Bangladesh to win, but good luck all the same to WI!

Posted by mjrvasu on (March 25, 2014, 9:51 GMT)

Daryl Cullinan predicated India could not do two in a row, and this prediction fell flat on its face. If now he is not sure about WI turning it around, it is certain that WI will make it to the next round!

Posted by VarunSundaram on (March 25, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

It is not that Indians do not like BD. It is only matter of concern for making into semi-finals. I am a fan of Indian team and so I want BD to lose today. This will make all IND, PAK and AUS with only one loss at the end of this Super 10s is my gut feeling.

If IND can win WI with all spin attack, then obviously PAK can do it with one spinner alone. That makes WI out of the Super 10s virtually. So., if IND lose to AUS (BD will be hard to beat in thier backyard. I dont deny that ever, but for say..) all three (IN,PK,AU) teams will be in same points. Or else, AUS and PAK will make into finals.

Posted by bowlfordecoy on (March 25, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

Not considering the past , BD got good chances for a victory today . Its their backyard and they got some good spinning options. Gayle threat can be taken care of shakib and co. Their openers tamim and anamul can attack the power-play before narine comes to bowl. Rahim and shakib cud negotiate spin attack from over 8-15. If they keep wickets they can slog the last 5 overs with mahmadullah. Inclusion of gazi and zia would help bangladesh for sure with bowling.If they get gayle out early bangladesh got a 60-40 chance to win this. We have seen West Indies are not good at rotating strike with singles , so tight bowling wud mke them fall . Go tigers , win for the spirit of crowds. An Indian fan here

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

I've got a brilliant idea for Indian fans. You can arrange a tournament featuring only india (india being the favorite). india will play vs india & thus india will win. India will become the champion. As such, only indians will become man of the match, man of the series etc. Thus indian fans will be able to criticize all other neighbor countries as india is the champion! Only indians will play & indian fans will watch & cheer. Why bother for other countries???

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

I've got a brilliant idea for Indian fans. You can arrange a tournament featuring only india (india being the favorite). india will play against india & india will win. India will become the champions. Thus only indians will become man of the match, man of the series etc. and then you will be able to criticize all your neighbor countries as india is the champion!!! indians will play & Indian fans will watch & cheer. Why bother for other countries ?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

@ImonG :-Not agree with you. Cricket was not that much popular in BD 20years ago.....After ICC cup champion interest grew. When other country play more Cricket it will be popular in other country gradually and interest will grow automatically and gets the more bidding for ticket prices or Tv rights and over all popularity will increase. Height bidding for ticket prices or Tv rights dos not grew overnight for India its result of so many years. There should be a vision by ICC rather being congested with for 8/10 countries.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

Whoa, game not even close to starting, yet 130 comments! Everyone is super interested in BD cricket. :D

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

indian fans are more interested about Bangladesh Test status than ICC itself !!!

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

Thank you dear @kaluwa for your kind support. I think SriLanka will win this T20

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

BD will win the match must

Posted by chamil96 on (March 25, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Asif Taufique>If you are measurement as your like only PAK & IND only cricket playing countries.both of your country pplz overrated your countries guys. You can see how performance SL,SA,NZ & BNG on this times.I am sure on this time final will be with NZ & SL.the winner on 2014 t20=SL.cheers all of your talent to both of overrated IND & PAK fans.

Posted by Real_Champs on (March 25, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

I think BD bowlers can sink WIndies.. They have really struggled against spinners and BD have good spinners i.e. Shakib, Razaq and one or 2 other guys.. the Problem for BD is their batting and fast bowling .. it wont be easy for both teams But I do believe BD has a chance.. From a Pakistani Fan

Posted by maria_01 on (March 25, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

all the best to team Bangladesh, Inshallah your team gets sucess, nd alot of thanx for ur support for Pakistan in stadium, from Pakistan........ cheers....Go Tigers Go!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ImonG on (March 25, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

@AllenBdn As you have sighted an example of football, can u plz tell me how many times Farrow Island or Andorra gets to play Brazil England Germany or Argentina in a year ? Zilch, because there hardly would be anybody interested to see them play. Same with cricket, an Indian team would rather play England, SA, Aus, Pak (If posbl) or Sri Lanka, because other wise not many people will turn up or tune in, making it not economically viable. Who wants to make financial losses ? Aus has clearly been the over all best team in last 25 years, but why do matches featuring India gets the highest bidding for ticket prices or Tv rights ? Because more people turn up or tune in. So playing 25 teams yearly is impractical in Cricket, we just don't have enough good teams unlike football, to grab peoples attention. What can be done is, top ranked associates get a slot in first class tournaments of top ranked test teams & every 2 years the lowest ranked team in test cricket to be relegated and replaced

Posted by kaluwa on (March 25, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

@AllenBD69 : well said brother. It is 100% true. Indian fans always criticize all other asian countries while having so many pitfalls in their own side. I do not know why their behaviour is so different compared to other asian countries. We need to see a BD win today! Congrats from all sri lankan fans

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

@Asif Taufique: Tat will depend on IND-BAN and PAK-BAN match...wait ad see.....

Posted by wapuser on (March 25, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

I hope bangladesh will play good with westindies has better bating line up, but problem is fast bowler.hopefully we can oovercome this of luck bd cricket.

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 25, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

BD can win, WI are weakest against spin, but still BD need to fight hard.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

The bangladeshis won just 3 test matches in 14 years and 77 matches played. It has got nothing to do with mentality, anybody will say that is a pathetic record by any standards. It is true banladesh does not deserve test status, 14 years is a long time.

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

Thank you dear @wapuser for your kind support

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

@Arun Bose - Yeah India did, but what to do here?? Your real intension was Bangladesh's lost to HK, does that mean Bangladesh is worse than HK? India lost to NZ,but does that mean India is worse than NZ? Certainly not ! But you indians eggheaded are trying to say that we're worse than HK,don't you laugh for your own joke? Bangladesh also beated WI in their soil , Didn't they? Bangladesh achieved a test drawn on SL soil in recent past. You just can not judge any team like that , you gotta judge by it's recent performance & yes Bangladesh have lost many ODIs but they played hard , fought till the very end,were you blind that team? Alas results were not in our side. Bangladesh played 2 test this year so far , lost one & drawn one , Bd lost first test because of concentration and it can be considered as first test after so many days but we fought back brilliantly the next test , noticed that?? Losing to NZ ,doesn't mean India bad team and Losing to HK, doesn't mean we don't deserve test :/

Posted by wapuser on (March 25, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

I agree with Daryl Cullinan when he say BD has a very good chance to win today. They have a reasonable spin attack and their batters too are good players of spin. The conditions are in their favor. I have a good feeling about them today. If they don't make too many mistakes, they can do it. Come on BD show us you colours today. From a Sri Lankan fan.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

Based on how this tournament so far has gone, I am seeing a Pakistan Vs India FINAL

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

Whenever there is a Bangladesh match you will see lots and lots of indian fans writing negative about team BD (most of the time india is not even in the match). It has become a common scenario. They can't simply tolerate a neighbor doing well. They do not love/like any single neighbor. Broaden your mentality...Please

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

Bangladesh has come into international scene after Zimbabwe, Kenya etc and managed a strong enough position. We will very soon sneak into top 7 at least. Yes, india is a very successful team all round but ALAS! the indian fans couldn't broaden their minds towards neighbors.... I hope Afghanistan, Nepal etc all will do better and better in near future. Want to see 20/30 teams in wold cup, like football world cup

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

@AllenBD69:- Still in BD any IND-PK match people stand full with both flag all are not from both country that prove how BD fans are passionate about cricket where most of the fans of these 2 countries are not that much broad minded.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

I think Bangladesh is looking more mature and better team in comparison with Westindies to win today's game. Best of Luck Bangladesh

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

Not only Bangladesh… Afghanistan, Netherland, Nepal, Ireland, Kenya, Namibia etc all should come into international scene & play regularly against top cricketing teams like Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, WI etc. This is the only way to make cricket popular like football world wide. People of many countries don't even know what a cricket game is !!! At least 20/25 countries should play International level cricket whole year round.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

Today is a big day for Bangladesh. Insha-Allah, we'll have a great start in the 2nd round of World T20. If Bangladeshi players do their job properly than they can win. May ALLAH help Bangladesh.

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

and @Mabub alam by making such comments are you any different?

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 25, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

On paper WI is the better team but anything can happen in T20 cricket. WI succumbed to spin against India.... if BD can do the same, there can be change of fortunes for Bangladesh

Posted by SamWintson92 on (March 25, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

My Teams:

WI XI: 1 D Smith 2 Gayle 3 Samuels 4 Smimmons 5 Dwayne Bravo 6 Sammy (C) 7 Russell 8 Ramdin (WK) 9 Narine 10 Badree 11 Santokie (Stick with him, he's good & picked up wickets in the Eng T20Is)

BAN XI: 1 Tamim 2 Anamul 3 Shamsur 4 Shakib 5 Mushfiqur (C+WK) 6 Nasir 7 Mahmudullah 8 Ziaur 9 Gazi 10 Mashrafe (If fit)/Al-Amin 11 Razzak

For Ban: a) Finally, BAN HAS REALIZED THAT FARHAD REZA IS A ''USELESS'' PLAYER. But sadly Ban had to loss against Hong Kong to come terms with that. How funny ! b) It's a blessing in disguise that Rubel is injured. His performance has been woeful and lost Ban many matches starting from home SL series. c) Ziaur is handy in T20s, great he's in. d) Sabbir should be dropped. Firstly he ran out Shakib & played a very poor shot across the line and was out lbw missing it completely. Looks like he's still not ready for internationals & needs to wait for some more time for his turn.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

@allenBD - India has won every SINGLE important ICC trophy atleast once. We won 2 world cups and are the current champions. We won the inagural T20 World cup, we won champions trophy, Asia cup, we have been ranked No.1 in both test and ODI. What does bangladesh have to show for records?

And I honestly don't know in which world cup, other than 2007, the bangladeshis managed to beat India. Get over the hype, if you want world to take bangladesh seriously then produce results and class players. 14 matches and bangladesh won only 3 test matches.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

@pitch_curator, I suggest, you also to talk less about BD team, have you seen Samsur Rahman's batting against NewZealand? he scored 96 in that game? What about Tamim iqbal? Anamul? are all they mediocre? We BD fans dont over rate our team, in most cases they just throw their wickets and they are not mentally strong yet. They lack playing games with major teams. If you check the last 2 T-20s against Srilanka, BD really played well. BD truely have talents, but they lack confidence and exposure. So please make postive critisism here if you care about BD team. If you just want make fun with BD team join some other forum.

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 7:53 GMT)

When BANGLADESH wasn't in the world scene we usually supported either India or Pakistan in World cups. But when we came into international scene neither country (india or pakistan) showed enough support/love which proves their Narrow mentality.

Posted by byc89 on (March 25, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

some cricket fans here are asking here to ban India from International cricket. I am still laughing my heart out. They think that banning India will improve international cricket. The reality is that India is the biggest source of income for ICC.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

Bangladesh is gonna loose to Pakistan, Australia, India and wait! Oh yeah also the west indies. sorry Bangladesh, you just aren't good enough.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

Everyone is saying how WI won't survive Bangladesh spin. But will Bangladesh survive WI spin, that is also a question. Naraine, Badree will the trump card. And they must play Rampaul. Santokie looks terrible bowling at 120kmph. Bangladesh absolutely needs Tamim and Shakib to fire. Hoping for an awesome game.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

@Prashant Pandit...Vaibhav Yadav ...Thanks for your support and sensible comments which is not like your fellow Indian neighbor brother which is expected... BD is upcoming strong team from ASIA along with India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan..Go tiger go....Give WI a tough time.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

I see many emotional responses here. But the fact remains that bangladesh is a poor side. The team captain's comments clearly illustrate that. It has been 14 years since bangladesh was granted test status, and of the 77 test matches they have played they won just 3, drawn 8 and lost 66 matches. Thats a laughable and pathetic record. Of the 3 matches won, 2 were against a C-grade carribean team and one against zimbabwe. In 14 years you could win only 3 test matches.

In this tournament bangladesh wll be lucky, only lucky, if they win a single match against test playing nations. Seriously speaking, bangladesh does not deserve test status.

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 25, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

BD players should first focus on improving themselves rather than giving fancy press statements. The first step in solving a problem is to first acknowledge it. It looks like many BD players and supporters are unwilling to acknowledge that their team is an extremely weak team. Just because you play other top countries regularly and win an odd match does not make you a top cricketing nation. I see some of the statements made by the BD players (like throwing a banana skin to determine score) and their actions on the field - like trying to hit a six and Shakib's sarcastical laugh when they qualified for the WC and I feel they are over-estimating themselves. The fact of the matter is that if the top teams play to 80% of the potential and BD play to 100% of their potential, BD will get wallopped. Barring Shakib, rest of the team is mediocre. With these attitude problems, the new players like Nasir and Anamul who are promising talents are not able to scale up. BD - Talk less focus more.

Posted by AllenBD69 on (March 25, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Kenya beat india 3 times, one of them was in India`s home ground. Bangladesh beat india badly in several world cups. NewZealand beat india very very badly recently in an entire series. I don't know what indians are proud of.... Have a life dudes. Mocking your neighboring cricketing countries doesn't make you indians better. You cannot even get into Asia Cup finals....

Posted by wapuser on (March 25, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

Rakib hussain durrani Bd can make more competitions in todays game if shakib, tamim, mushfiq, mominul can play their 100 percent ... best of luck bd team

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

We support Bangladesh, as many new teams need to come strong to make Cricket a competitive sport. Spinners need to perform & batters need to bat sensibly.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

This is most probably the right team selection for Bangladesh. Open the bowling with a spinner and push Shakib to number 3. In T20 your best and higest SR batsmen should come in at 3,4,5. If they play with faith and inspiration, they will beat west indies.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

Vaibhav Yadav@Thanks for your sensible comment

Posted by Rajiv007 on (March 25, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

Best of Luck to BD from an INDIA fan! Expecting great performance from Sakib (KKR)... after Kallis he is the best all-rounder.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

@ arun bose :``No associate has beaten any world champion ever``ur comment says that ur knowledge of cricket history itself.

Netherland beat england 2009 icc world t20 tournament.

Kenya beat west indies in 1996 world cup and srilanka in 2003 world cup.They also beat india 3times one of them was in India`s home ground.

Ireland beat Pakistan in 2007 world cup,they beat west indies before coming to play this worldcup .

Pakistan,India,West Indies & England all of them won t20 world cup.except England rest of them are former Odi worldcup champion .

Posted by twistatwistaa on (March 25, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

your talking about just one game i am sure bangladesh will win this tournament,they have got the best balance and india would be disqualified after loosing to bangladesh a nd australlia wait and watch

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 25, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

ARUN!!!!!! BD beat India in WC 2007,Asia cup was that ...?dose it mean India worse Than associate????

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 6:33 GMT)

@ Arun Bose:- "substandard teams like Bangladesh make cricket extremely boring It's just a waste of time and money"..Thats why you are wasting time here on BD game blog? Everyone understand what a jock you are to yourself!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

@Autumn Still WoundedLove : You forget to mention BD beat WI 2007 t20 worldd cup.

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

@Arun Bose, ur prediction is either very funny or u really know like the 1st match b2in WI ( gave chance to win intentionally) & India.....

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 6:26 GMT)

i dont why some of us(indian fans) need to act in a rude manner and see only negatives of a team.They do it not only to opponents but also to thier own team.Guys grow up, enjoy cricket and respect the teams thar are representating their nations and entertaining us.Hoping for a nail bitter from two competitive teams Ban and WI.all the best to both from India :)

Posted by shiktochokh on (March 25, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

best of luck for Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

West Indies lineup should be :

Chris Gayle, Dwyane Smith, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Dinesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Krishmar Santokie, Samuel Badree.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

bd will lose so badly we hope best of luck wi

Posted by Lakpj on (March 25, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

I think Bangladesh have a good chance to win this game, WI looked very shabby in their match against India. The key for Bangladesh would be to not allow WI openers to get away. I think WI been the only team that Bangladesh have beaten in T20Is and their recent ODI series win against them would play a part in the mentality of the teams.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

bangladesh will lose very badly

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

@Arun Bose Your speeches are so much attacking , no doubt about that, one shouldn't talk badly with others, Try giving respects don't laugh at them during their bad time, and I can realize by reading your comments that India never ever had bad time :))

@ TheZeus really? Is that all??? Bangladesh can't beat WI???? You weren't born when Bangladesh bowled them out only at 61??

@Abhishek Kumar Yes WI is higher ranked team than Bangladesh but that doesn't make sense on field , NZ is far away than India's rank but what happened to India on NZ tour??

@ Proud Punjabi You shouldn't stop praying, if it was the praying which did all the miracle then India should've won all the WCs

When Bangladesh beat any high ranked team then Indians mention as '' UPSET '' , I dunno why they think like that o.O NZ thrashed India perfectly , then it was an upset?? The answer is HELL NO , Bangladesh is quite capable of beating India, Pakistan or West Indies

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

Cricket is a game for gentlemen/women. I am very upset seeing comments from some of the readers and cricket lovers. Can we please show a bit more respect to each others? Any team in any of their day can do the damage of the 'socalled' big team. It doesn't mean that they are playing bad and they don't know how to play cricket. Bangladesh is still on their learning curve and full of young and in-experience players. So, rush of blood ad sometime over-confident made them a victim of upset quiet frequently now a days.It doesn't mean that Bangladesh is a very average team and don't have potentials. Keep your support and being a bit more patient while you are writing any comment about any of the 'socalled' minows. Please give them courage through which cricket will be a game of all people.

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (March 25, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

Shameful that this elite tournament has substandard teams like BD in it. If they had any self respect, BD would have withdrawn from the tournamene after loosing to a team like HK on their own home ground. But BD and respect cannot be in the same sentence so we instead have this abomination happening where the current T20 Champions playing BD. Waste of everybody's time.

Posted by NoorBD on (March 25, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah - one of these two should be replaced by inform Mominul. I do not understand why they are still taking risk by allowing two off-form players at No.6 and 7. As he is an inform batsman, we can expect Mominul can hold the innings together in case of collapse. I think BD are too confidant about their batting depth, however, the should realize that their batting order collapsed against HK. I am doubting if they think that WI bowling attack is not stronger than HK?

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

Bangladesh will lose badly tonight.. very badly.. extremely badly.. Gayle and co. gonna decimate this fragile bowling attack of Bangladesh..

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

@Arun Bose, now you're showing how much you were tensed about Gayle before India's match against WI. Again you created doubt about how much you actually love this game. That means if India or any big teams lose to any associate, their test/ODI status should be snatched away? Is that your love for the game of cricket? Doesn't it show your personal hatred for Bangladesh & her cricket? Shame on you, man. Just check the list of many associates beating the world champions, even in WorldCup. Look at the recent results of India's tour of NZ, a team that had been badly whitewashed by our tigers on two consecutive tours including one last year; we didn't want to criticise it but you made us do it now. I hope you won't make the excuse of diff conditions, so you lost. You also have lack of commonsense in cricket. Almost all matches BD lost this year were very much competitive. So all opponents commented before the match that it'd be hard to beat BD. You seem to be more genius than those players.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

Bangladesh should really not play as underdogs in this match...The only thing they want on their side is the toss. Put west Indies to bat first and attack the with both spin and swing around the offstump..If their bowlers can maintain line and length with a heavy off side field a score less than 150 is always chase able for Ban if they play Narine well and West Indies(as always) keep experienced Ravi Rampaul on the side lines .. Good luck Bangladesh, Hope you win

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

Before the 1996 WC SL were talked of with disdain. Then Jaysuriya and Kaluwitharna changed everything. But that does not mean that they were the greatest batsmen or that SL were the greatest team ever. Teams did not follow SL just before that - they started the revolution in 1995 in the WSC in australia. So basically bigger teams understimated SL. So please do not write off or rubbish smaller teams - you never know. Sports is a medium to express and at times, the smaller nations can surprise. BD is a good team - they have show it time and again. The mighty WI man-for-man would have devoured India. In 1983, the whole thing changed - how? Just like SL in 1996, India had the right ammunition for a ODI WC. Srikanth at the top, bits and pieces players, allrounders etc. Sports should bring joy. Enjoy it responsibly. Remember that life is equal for everyone. Survival of the fittest is not a substitute for manipulation - already we have enough of it. As fans lets have rivalry - not acrimony.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (March 25, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

As a diehard BAN cricket fan i would love to see that BAN wins over WI.But my rational sense suggests me that against this WEST INDIES team we don't have any chance at all and to extend against AUS,IND & PAK we don't have any chance either as those are far superior than us;specially in T20s.So, being a HOST country only ICC fair play award is waiting for us.

Posted by sergio11 on (March 25, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

@ reyme....u gotto have at-least basic knowledge about cricket before commenting..BAN draw against NZ in subcontinental condition bro..NZ haven't won a single test in india too..but the condition in NZ is completely was pace friendly seaming conditions..even Ishant took 15 wickets in 2 india will get more money from STAR than from SAHARA hence they didnt renewed the contract...BAN is a weak team in any format..they dont have quality in batting or bowling the world knws that...even through they play in subcontinent condition,they dont have a single batsman who avg more than 40 in odi and more than 50 in test(mominul just started his career,cannt take that into account)

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 3:57 GMT)

@Arun Bose, I'm not sure if you're actually admiring Gayle or not. Have you only learned how to undermine other players & teams? You don't seem to be a lover of cricket but a real joker of the game. Just respect players & teams irrespective of what they are/where they belong to. Where were you when India was performing so poorly in the past? Just remember the proverb, "Pride goes before destruction". I respect cricket & consider as a gentleman's game, but your way of comments clearly show how much you have hatred for Bangladesh & BD cricket. If you ever loved this game by heart, you'd admire BD's overall performance so far based on no of games they had the opportunity to play against all test playing nations. Still they've proved they're capable of beating any team despite getting limited opportunities. Nevertheless, they defeated all test playing nations in ODI while beating NZ, India, WI, SL & Zim on many occasions (Home&Awy). Also, we're not talking abt tests but limited over games.

Posted by schathuranga on (March 25, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

Bngla fans please don't try to do unneccesary things again players. Please try to absorb spirit of the game.all the best bangladesh...!! -From sri lanka

Posted by kenos on (March 25, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

Andre Russell's batting stats : T20I- 18 innings 147 runs Av. 12.25 (8 not outs) T20 L 4innings 58 runs Av. 14.5 Can he make the side as a batsman?

Bowling stats: T20I Economy: 9.61 per over; wickets cost 79.25 each T 20L Economy: 9.96 per over; wickets- 1 for 229

Should he be in the starting line-up? Is he a more suitable bowler than Santokie or Rampaul?

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

This team I a match winning team.....and dropping rubel hossain was the best thing they've done which they should've done ages ago!

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 25, 2014, 3:20 GMT)

BD Team: if bowling first, keep the line and length, of course with spin to contain WI; If batting first, keep wickets in hand, play sensibly the first 5, build partnership in the middle, and blast last 5 to accelerate to put it out of reach. Just do it, dude. You beat them before, and you can do it again at this world stage in your own backyards, just go and take on the day.......

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 25, 2014, 3:11 GMT)

Team BD: pls remove Razzak, and include Mominul in the playing XI against WI. It's time to play some game by the roaring Tigers. Cheers for BD....

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 25, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

Mominul is a good test and ODI player but he is not able to change gears fast enough for t20's. Gazi is coming in after being injured in the Asia Cup and even then he was off form. So let's hope the rest has done him good. Raza was more expensive than Razzak so that's why gazi replaced Reza. Shabbir did do some very good bowling against HK but his batting has been ineffective. Shamsur Rahman is a good choice, if only he doesn't play rash shots at the beginning.

West Indies look like they don't want to be here .... They WILL LOSE!!!!

Posted by Rezaul on (March 25, 2014, 2:59 GMT)

Gayle and Narine are two major threats for Bangladesh. However, in WI's last trip to Bangladesh Narine's mystery did not work and he repeatedly turned to be expensive one. Gayle was kept quiet throughout the series by the array of spinners which I believe Bangladesh will try to repeat. Expecting a great game!

Posted by wapuser on (March 25, 2014, 2:55 GMT)

Bangladesh teams need to play normal game, they have good chance to beat West Indies.bat second will be better for to chase. Good luck Bangladesh team.

Posted by qazi255 on (March 25, 2014, 2:43 GMT)

DO IT TIGERS , show world our class .. No one can beat us

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 2:36 GMT)

Nobody can give the assurance of who's going to win tonight but we'd like to see a dedicated BD team that we saw in every department (bowling, fielding & batting) in the first match against Afghanistan. If tigers can demonstrate the seriousness they can certainly win the hearts of millions of cricket lovers across the globe, while winning the match. The probable 11 in this article looks promising and much better, but it would be good to find Mashrafe. Hope he'll be fit for the next one. Once again good luck for tonight.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 25, 2014, 2:28 GMT)

BD lost the match before start it. Bd Captain have no confident yesterday in press meeting.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 2:28 GMT)

Nobody can give the assurance of who's going to win tonight but we'd like to see a dedicated BD team that we saw in every department (bowling, fielding & batting) in the first match against Afghanistan. If tigers can demonstrate the seriousness they can certainly win the hearts of millions of cricket lovers across the globe, while winning the match. The probable 11 in this article looks promising and much better, but it would be good to find Mashrafe. Hope he'll be fit for the next one. Once again good luck for tonight.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 25, 2014, 2:23 GMT)

In this particular match, the odds are heavily against BD. WI after previous match performance (Small total) is going to come out with all guns blazing, on the other hand since BD had a batting collapse with HK, they will be overly cautious. Unless BD manages to restrict WI to a small target and chase, WI might just walk away with a one sided game. Shaqib is the trump card, he has to play the game of his life, if any of the WI batsmen fire. It's going to be an interesting match, BD is playing in the home turf and the crowd support will surely be the motivating factor for the players. All the best boys. May the best team win. Cheers!

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 2:09 GMT)

I hope Tamim, shakib and Rahim clicks, as they are the only three who I think are proper batsman,and others support them. if they some how manage to put score above 150 and get Gayle and smith out quickly.... Bangladesh will be in with a chance.... I hope Bangladesh wins this match and also Gayle fires. an Indian here

Posted by TheZeus on (March 25, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

What is wrong with you people....BD can never beat WI tomorrow....impossible I say....The chasm between the two teams is too great....I predict WI dominating BD the way Sri Lanka dominated the Dutch today....all in favour say "Aye!!"......AYE!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

Nobody can give the assurance of who's going to win tonight but we'd like to see a dedicated BD team that we saw in every department (bowling, fielding & batting) in the first match against Afghanistan. If tigers can demonstrate the seriousness they can certainly win the hearts of millions of cricket lovers across the globe, while winning the match. The probable 11 in this article looks promising and much better, but it would be good to find Mashrafe. Hope he'll be fit for the next one. Once again good luck for tonight.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (March 25, 2014, 1:47 GMT)

Bangladesh are currently 0-0 in the main draw while West Indies are currently 0-1. If West Indies somehow lose this, then they are effectively knocked out of the tournament, while Bangladesh still have 1 more chance if they lose this. Big match. West Indies big favourites but in their own backyard you never know. West Indies tour badly and Bangladesh are only ranked a little lower than West Indies in this format. 3 big names for West Indies are Gayle, Narine and Badree. If any of them fire, West Indies should win. If anyone else fires in their place, West Indies should win. Only chance for Bangladesh is if none of them fire and someone in Bangladesh does something special. It seems unlikely but we have already had some big upsets in this tournament so you never know.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 1:37 GMT)

Good stuff is BD has nothing to lose. Tigers need to play normal cricket.. Gud luck BD..

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 1:23 GMT)

Its a great chance for Bangladesh forgetting last game and just fresh start with full spin attacks against different W.Indies..Hope BD.will do it..tranquilamente...

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 1:15 GMT)

ravi should not be the one to choose from... it should be between andre russel and the rest. ravi is an integral part of this team and the one that won in 2012. andre if west indies structure thier batting order properly they can do without russel who to me is an under achiever.

Posted by cricket0580 on (March 25, 2014, 1:07 GMT)

Goodluck to BD. I like the fact that now Bangladesh is not making bold statements as they did in the Asia Cup (Eg. Beating India wont be an upset anymore and things like that). I believe BD is a good team and there is a possibility of BD causing an upset. Its best to position yourself as spoilers and giving other teams a hard time. My prediction is that BD may cause upset with either India, Pak or WI. India is playing consistent cricket so may be hard to beat India but I would say chances are more for Pak and WI because of the unpredictability of their performances.

Posted by wapuser on (March 24, 2014, 23:58 GMT)

We want zia, mominul and gazi in best x1 . Go tiger go we r with you.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 24, 2014, 23:47 GMT)

Bangladesh team has to be very strategic about the way they approach the game yesterday. WestIndies is a very interesting team in all regards and Bangladesh has a challenge infront of them. Windies will be no doubt under pressure and Bangladesh have to use their pressure as advantage for themselves. Batting or Bowling innings start has to be very good and on the spot. That is the only way Bangladesh can contain the mighty Windies batting line up. Hopefully we will be in for a great contest between these two fine cricket teams.

Posted by InternationalCricketFollower on (March 24, 2014, 23:45 GMT)

WI does not rotate strikes. That is one of the most important factors if you play in slow pitches. Based on that, BD should win this I think. WI is only lethal on Fast and seaming tracks. I would not be surprised if WI exits early from the world cup.

Posted by kalpurush on (March 24, 2014, 23:39 GMT)

Tigers, take motivation from 2007WC and 2011 and show it again that we are here not to spoil other's fun but to be amongst the best which we are as a nation when it comes to passion for cricket :)

Posted by android_user on (March 24, 2014, 23:07 GMT)

wi team is quite bttr thn bd!! bt its all depend on wi performance...

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 22:56 GMT)

It should be an exciting match. Bangladesh Team will surprise the other teams and probably will bring unthinkable changes in the group table. This group is already very competitive. And I am sure West Indies and Bangladesh will make this group even more unpredictable........and there will be many changes after all games are played........:)

Posted by steven522 on (March 24, 2014, 22:51 GMT)

I hop bangldesh teach west indies a lesson

Posted by reyme on (March 24, 2014, 22:40 GMT)

Looking forward to a good team selection and smart captaincy this time from BD. I would urge Shane Jurgensen to be more proactive during the match.

Posted by BanglaTigerss on (March 24, 2014, 22:25 GMT)

The loss to Bangladesh was just a fluke. Also, the tigers change gears when they play test nation vs associate. Beware WI...the tigers will dominate at home. Also, a message to Chris Gayle. You didn't make Gazi famous for the six you hit because he took your wicket three times, but Shakib the real tiger, will make your team famous when he will hit a six go win this game too, like we did against Afg, Nepal, HK.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 22:22 GMT)

5 words, Anamul, Tamim, Sakib, Mushfiq, Sabbir

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 22:09 GMT)

I pray Chris Gayle will find his form and tear BD apart and show them where they belong. WI Fans will be disappointed if WI doesn't finish the game with huge margin and crush BD.

Posted by android_user on (March 24, 2014, 21:43 GMT)

same batting performance from Bangladesh against Pakistan will be required for them to even stand a chance against the Windies powerhouse batting line up

Posted by TigersCanKill on (March 24, 2014, 21:34 GMT)

My call to BD management and selectors is: Do whatever needs to be done to come out of this situation even if you have to take a very drastic action. If Mahmudullah, Nasir, Razzak, Gazi, Rubel are not performing up to their potential then rest them unlit they show promise in domestic cricket. Reza should not be is the team from the beginning. Also why we have the same players in all formats (Test, ODI, and T20)? We can keep 4 or 5 core players and then replace the others based on their merit, style and performance in the specific format.

Posted by Sevarino on (March 24, 2014, 21:25 GMT)

The comments made by Ottis Gibson are questionable. "People will make assumptions based on what happened last night. India bowled well. We didn't get singles but we don't normally get singles. That's the way it goes sometimes." were his comments. To me this is viewd as an Que Sera Sera mentatlity. If the Wi team can find the Balance of ROTATION of the STRIKE and POWER hitting they would be considered more competitive.

I suggest a slight ADJUSTMENT in the batting lineup and starting eleven.

1. Simmons 2. Gayle 3. Samuels 4. Smith 5. DJ. Bravo 6. Ramdin (wk) 7. Sammy 8. Narine 9. Badree 10. Rampaul 11. Santokie

Sammy's fielding tatctics are very questionable and the bowling exposing exposes this fact. He always has fielders on the edge of the circle on the legside so singles are often avaible for the opposition. The bowlers do not justice are mainly to blame its either they bowl too short, too wide o rtoo much on leg stump.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 21:21 GMT)

Is going to be very tuff for West Indies against Tigers...

Posted by wapuser on (March 24, 2014, 21:20 GMT)

All those folks bashing BD.. Wait a min; what's all this fuzz about? BD did a decent job over the years and they are thru a lean phase. Its good to see a passionate bunch of supporters. I still remember the white wash which black caps suffered. The wounds of India's defeat to BD in 2007 WC still hurt many of us. Didn't Ireland thew PAK out in the same WC? Loosing to lower ranked teams is OK,.. It happens in crick. All the best BD.

Posted by cris_cross on (March 24, 2014, 21:20 GMT)

sorry, BD fans,, its gonna b a Gayle show !!....... but u have IND to grab !!

Posted by wapuser on (March 24, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

Mominul should be included

Posted by rahsun on (March 24, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

Bangladeshi legends are going to rout the T20 champs. Mushi to score a 100. Bangladesh to score 250 and a 5 fer for best allrounder in the world Shakib. Get back and watch the Bangladeshi show. Time to party. Bangladesh to lift the cup.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 21:04 GMT)

remember Chris Gayle is here ok

Posted by TigersCanKill on (March 24, 2014, 20:51 GMT)

It is heartbreaking to see words like 'We are here to give teams a hard time', 'It is better not to have much expectations from us', 'If they (West Indies) play well, we are finished' from our key players like Mushfiq and Sakib. What kind of statements are these? Does this lift the spirit of the team? or the supporters? We must remember that we are a test playing nation and we must play with full confidence to win and only to win no matter whom we are playing against. We must respect ourselves and our abilities before we expect respect from others; and this attitude must come from our leaders first. Best of luck for the tigers!

Posted by Equal_right2play_cricket on (March 24, 2014, 20:33 GMT)

Plz include Mominul in stead of Razzak.

Mominul has a gr8 experience in playing with Gayle, Hodge, Shehzad in BPL.

Razzak was d best bowler in BD with huge experience. But even a gr8 player need to b retired once.

Mominul can rotate the strick, hit in gap with superb timing & right now better bowler than Razzak!

Mominul may fail but Razzak will fail as he is at the end of his career. He can only succeed if the opposition will play very badly or after falling few wickets with tight balling at the other end!

B aware about Samuels, Smith, Simmons beside Gayle. Even Bravo, Summy, Ramdin.

Don't b excited as we hitted Nariane last time who may b dangerous with Badree.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

WI is not a side to underestimate, they can decimate any side in a matter of seconds with their fire power

Posted by TigersCanKill on (March 24, 2014, 20:25 GMT)

My call to BD management and selectors is: Do whatever needs to be done to come out of this situation even if you have to take a very drastic action. If Mahmudullah, Nasir, Razzak, Gazi, Rubel are not performing up to their potential then rest them unlit they show promise in domestic cricket. Reza should not be is the team from the beginning. Also why we have the same players in all formats (Test, ODI, and T20)? We can keep 4 or 5 core players and then replace the others based on their merit, style and performance in the specific format.

Posted by android_user on (March 24, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

Hope BD score some runs and bowl very well as indian did last game against WI. If BD restrict WI under 150 or if BD score more than 150 is gonna be a good game!

Posted by QTS_ on (March 24, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

Please keep in mind the events of WC 2011 - expectations dashed to earth mercilessly, followed by outburst by frustrated fans in the form of pelted stones. We do not want a repeat.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (March 24, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

Santokie is an excellent bowler, why does every preview assume he's the first to go if any changes are made???

He's economical and takes wickets what more do you need?

If anybody's spot is on the line its Russell's for the place of a pacer.

The batsman all merit their spots but most of them have a personal game plan that doesn't bode well for the team. Apart from Gayle and Smith, its appears that no matter the start, good or horrific, the next guys in feel they need to "settle" and eat up dot balls before they launch and when they don't succeed they expect others to come out swinging without even a sighter. Sometimes I pray the slow pokes get out early to allow the real T20 players in Bravo, Sammy and Russell to take over.

Posted by computerguru on (March 24, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

"It is hard to predict against West Indies. If they play well, we are finished. If it is not their day, then we have a chance to do well." Shakib Al Hasan on playing West Indies

And people here (mainly SL fans) often claim that BD cricketers are not humble!

Posted by hasib9 on (March 24, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

If Mashrafe is fit, Razzak should be dropped.

Posted by lankantone on (March 24, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

As a Sri lankan there are 3 cricket friends we have. West Indies, Pakistan, Bangladesh. When we played in caribbean 2007 wc. WI people give us the best support more than all others. In 96 wc final lahore. Thousands of pakistanis supported us. Now this time its bangladesh. Very difficult to select one. Hope bangladeshis reach their best.

Posted by android_user on (March 24, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

pointing out Russell's economy rate isn't going to help him develop.he's talented but he just needs to work on his bowling and batting.he's definitely a match winner

Posted by JAHID_OMAR on (March 24, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

If BD approach the game with positive mind set, they can turn the table 4 sure.. Every player has to understand their role in the team and play to their potential.. If batting clicks and BD gets arround 150-160, pressure will be on windis & with good slow bowlers they have great chance of winning. If they chase they should keep WI under 150 as WI has that X factor(sunil narine). Good luck BD.. Wishes all the way from Srilanka.

Posted by deysdem20 on (March 24, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

Razzak should be dropped. He brings no value to the team. Mominul or Shabbir should replace Razzak.

Posted by StraightDRIVvE on (March 24, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

Razzak? Arafat Sunny, BCB selection/managment needs to be more autocratic rather then hoping that someone performs or a win that will disguise there poor choices.

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (March 24, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

Before this tournament even began I said Forhad's selection over Zia was great mistake. Now, mind it. if BD drops Sabbir it would be another mistake although I never quite got it why Shamsur couldn't play. Shamsur at 2 and Anamul at 3 worked well for BD recently against Srilanka. Sabbir can play his natural games down the order and should also be given to bowl a little. Mominul will give BD team some batting depth. So my best XI (with the exact batting order): 1. Tamim 2. Shamsur 3. Anamul 4. Mominul 5. Mushfiq 6. Shakib 7. Sabbir 8. Zia 9. Gazi 10. Mashrafe (if fit, otherwise, Razzak) 11. Al-Amin All no. 1-9 can bat. Also anyone from no. 6-11 can bowl any time...

Posted by Fogu on (March 24, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

Go Tigers! Play smart and keep your wits.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 24, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

I prefer if Mominul is selected over Shamsur. Mominul is our future long term player across all forms and its best for him to face the quality bowlers as soon as possible so he can develop his game further. Plus can bowl some decent spin. Unlikely though Bangladesh will beat West Indies but hoping for a cracker unlike the Netherlands game with number 1 Lanka whom Bangladesh lost to only last ball in both the T20 games.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

Tigers! All the way.... \m/

Posted by LeftBrain on (March 24, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

Any game involving Bangladesh is a no-conest. It only gets competitive if and when opposition commits some sort of suicide. This is pretty much what Shakib said as well, Bangladesh has a chance ONLY if WI plays bad cricket, Bangladesh wont contribute towards result of the match, as is always the case.

Posted by CodandChips on (March 24, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

Should be a good match. 2 evenly matched teams given that Bangladesh are at home.

Unfortunately "West Indies are the only top-eight team that Bangladesh have beaten in Twenty20s" sums it up for both teams.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 24, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

This will be very easy win for WI. Nothing going to happen with spin attack. WI team are well prepaid thia time. Bot everday is same as against india.

Posted by WasimH on (March 24, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

What about Mominul Haque form in T20 now? Though he has good score in last 3 matches, I believe it would be good if he is picked instead of Shamsur or Mahmudullah (who's consistently batting patch).

Posted by nainil0683 on (March 24, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Come on Shaqib. You should have said the follows: "It is had to predict against West Indies. If they play well, WE WILL PLAY EVEN BETTER. If it is not their day, THEN WE WILL CHOKE THEM". Bangladesh's team in recent years has done incredibly well. A very well balanced team in all departments. I don't see any reason why they can't beat West Indies. Just put your spinners into play early and bowl in right areas, dry up the sixes and you have a game on. Good luck for tomorrow's game.

Posted by Adnan-Ahmed on (March 24, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

W.I lack of determination was shameful, I hope Bangladesh punish them severely...their spinners at least have a good chance against batmen who seem clueless against spin. Also the WI bowling is not threatning, so anything in the 140-160 range is attainable.

Posted by All_da_best_tigers on (March 24, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

razzak should be replaced by gazi.razzak has been horrible.and picking shamsur over shabbir isn't a bad idea i think.shamsur is capable of batting in middle order.all da best bangladesh :-)

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

Trial of spin is what i will see WI getting who i think will struggle against Shakib. Would like to see Sabbir getting a go at bowling though (dont expect shamsur to replace him) and we have potentially bat upto number 9. Like shakib said, with the array of power hitters WI have along with a dangerous Narine this game can potentially be over before you have sat down. If it is a spinning track then Bangladesh have a chance.

Posted by android_user on (March 24, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

Good luck to BD team

Posted by spellbinder76 on (March 24, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

Banglesh are quite cable of creatig an up-set or two. Because of their strong spinattack and the local conditions Bngladesh can beat WI and Australia.

Posted by slackers11 on (March 24, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

Bangladesh need to be very careful, Chris Gayle might look to take out his frustration on their bowlers.

Posted by i_golam on (March 24, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

I hope BD will show some great cricket tomorrow ! Nothing to fear & it will be total attack from BD !! We are waiting !!! Boom Boom BD !!!!!

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