Bangladesh vs. West Indies
|Date & Time||Monday June 17, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
Bangladesh +175 / West Indies -225
The West Indies are set to play against Bangladesh in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. These two teams will be playing at the County Ground in Taunton.
Bangladesh had their previous match against Sri Lanka abandoned due to the weather. The result was a massive blow for Bangladesh as they were expected to win that fixture. As it currently stands, Bangladesh have 3 points after 4 games and the team must win the majority of their remaining fixtures to qualify. In their last full match, Bangladesh played against England and were defeated by 106 runs. It was a disappointing match for the Bangladesh team but Shakib Al-Hasan scored 121 runs to give the team something to cheer about. This should be an easier clash than the England fixture but the West Indies have been playing well Bangladesh will have to be at their best.
The West Indies last played on Friday in a match which was also against the West Indies. It was a disappointing result for the team as they were beaten by 8 wickets. It was a poor batting performance by the West Indies as they lacked composure and were bowled out within 45 overs while only scoring 212 runs. The likes of Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer and Chris Gayle lacked match awareness and gave their wickets away playing poor shots. The bowling was also below par as the team failed to pick up any early wickets. It was a poor match for the West Indies but the team has been playing well and have 3 points from 4 games. The tournament is still alive for the West Indies but they must win many more games if they wish to qualify for the semifinals.
Taunton is a small ground and it should produce high scores since the pitch is relatively flat. This ground hosted Australia vs Pakistan match where over 570 runs were scored.
Both Bangladesh and the West Indies are in a situation where they must win the majority of their games to qualify. That makes this a very important match for both teams. I am expecting a close contest which the West Indies will win. The West Indies are playing outstanding cricket and their bowlers have been fast and dangerous throughout the tournament. I see Bangladesh struggling to handle to likes of Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas. With an advantage in bowling depth and ability, I see the West Indies leaving this fixture with the 2 points.