Match FactsBangladesh v West Indies, October 15, Mirpur
Start time 1330 (0730 GMT)
Big PictureIn a short series, the opportunities for comebacks are limited, and the pressure's on Bangladesh to turn things around quickly to give themselves a chance of upsetting West Indies. They could have made a closer contest of the first ODI on an excellent pitch for batting but their batsmen, with the exception of Shakib Al Hasan, struggled to get a move on. In a chase of 299, the hosts finished with 258 for 7, with six of the top seven getting starts. Only one among them threatened to put any pressure on West Indies, undermining what is otherwise a competitive score.
Not the usual slow and low fare, the pitch gave the West Indies batsmen an opening to take charge and they did. Bangladesh's army of spinners were caught by surprise and in conditions that didn't help them much, they were tamed. At the same venue on Saturday, the hosts need their bowlers to adapt quickly and their batsmen to show more intent to entertain any hopes of matching their opponents.
Form guideBangladesh: LWWLL
West Indies: WWWLL
SpotlightAndre Russell: Russell won many admirers during the World Cup with his all-round skills and is a handy man to have at No.7. Apart from his big-hitting skills, he can be a wily bowler with his changes of pace and has had impressive results thus far. The more limited-overs cricket he plays, the more opportunities he gets to showcase his skills to those hawks at the IPL who'll have a keen eye on his progress.
Tamim Iqbal: He produced an uncharacteristic innings in the previous game when his side needed an attacking opening. One of his team's best stroke-makers, Tamim will be expected to deliver on a good pitch and bat big, an ability he's shown in the past in both Tests and ODIs.
Darren Sammy missed the first ODI due to an upset stomach. He should return, and replace Danza Hyatt. Adrian Barath retired hurt after injuring his hamstring, and it remains to be seen if he's fit.
West Indies (possible): 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Adrian Barath/Kieran Powell, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Andre Russell, 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Kemar Roach.
Will Bangladesh stick with Mohammad Ashraful? He fell cheaply on a day most batsmen got starts, a result that will only heighten the scrutiny over his place in the side.
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Mohammad Ashraful/Shahriar Nafees, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt and wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Naeem Islam, 7 Alok Kapali, 8 Nasir Hossain, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain.
Stats & Trivia
- Spinners have taken 333 out of the 695 wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. That's almost half - no wonder Mushfiqur Rahim was surprised the pitch took no turn.
- Mohammad Ashraful hasn't scored a half-century in his last 17 innings - his highest in those innings is 31.
Quotes"I think we are all confident. On Thursday we lost by 40 runs but there's a lot of positives to take from the game. We were chasing a big score and we always were in with a chance."
Shahriar Nafees isn't bogged down after the opening defeat
Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo