The West Indies and Bangladesh will face off in Taunton on Monday with both teams looking to keep their semi-final hopes alive. Both sides have claimed 3 points from their opening 4 World Cup matches and a win would keep them in contention for a top 4 spot in the table.
The West Indies got their tournament off to a flier but have failed to find a win since their opening match. They thrashed Pakistan by 7 wickets but have since lost to Australia and England with their other match against South Africa being abandoned due to rain.
Bangladesh have had similar fortune. They beat South Africa to open their World Cup account but then lost to New Zealand in their second match. They were then beaten by England before their meeting with Sri Lanka was also called off due to the weather.
The West Indies were completely outclassed by England in their last match. They only managed 212 runs before being bowled out in Southampton after 44.4 overs. Nicolas Pooran (63) and Shimron Hetmyer (39) provided some resilience with a solid partnership in the middle order but it wasn’t enough to trouble the hosts.
The West Indies bowlers only managed to claim two wickets against England; Shannon Gabriel finished with figures of 2/49 from 7 overs but could not prevent Joe Root from scoring his second century of this year’s World Cup. The West Indies bowlers have some fierce pace and bounce but they have been expensive throughout the tournament so far.
Bangladesh also lost to England in their last outing. They were set 386 by the tournament favorites but only managed to reach 280 in reply. Shakib Al Hasan was the shining light for Bangladesh that day, scoring an impressive 121 runs from 119 deliveries. He has one of the highest batting averages so far at the tournament (86.66) and will be looking to pick up more runs against the leaky West Indies attack.
Bangladesh’s bowling is their weak point and this will need to addressed before facing the West Indies. In Chris Gayle and Andre Russell, they possess two of the biggest hitters in world cricket and both will be hoping to exploit Bangladesh’s weakness on Monday.
The County Ground at Taunton has a short boundary and is known for being a tight and intimate stadium. This will favor the batsmen and we could be in for a real run-fest if the bowling continues at the same level as previous matches.
The West Indies struggled against England but Bangladesh’s bowlers are nowhere near as clinical. I’m predicting that the West Indies batsmen will come out firing and win the match for their country. It will be a close encounter with both sides relatively evenly matched. With that being said, The West Indies have a bit more talent and experience within their ranks to get the job done.