Talha Kamal
Bangladesh will lock horns with the Windies in the final and third of three-match ODI series at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium today (Friday). The match is scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm.
The series is currently evenly poised at 1-1 as the Windies bounced back in the second match with a 4 wickets victory after Bangladesh had won the first one.
Therefore, both teams will be pumped up to win this match and wrap up the series. However, Windies dressing room will be more buoyant than Tigers camp as they got their first win of the tour just in the previous game.
Bangladesh’s performance in last match was dismal in all three departments of the game. Starting off with batting, performance of the batsmen were topsy-turvy.
Three of Bangaldesh’s fantastic five, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim were on song as they scored 50, 62 and 65 respectively in the last match. Other batsmen were a shadow of theirs.
Batsmen also failed to build up partnerships in crucial period of the match and Tigers ended up scoring below par score (255).
Tamim, Mushfiqur and Shakib would also be disappointed with their fifties given how they were well set at the crease for bigger things.
Mahmudullah Riyad was also not at his usual best when needed as he was out on 41st over, usually the time when he is at his destructive best. Batsmen need to rectify these mistakes and bat more sensibly at Sylhet.

Recently bowlers are having an unusual rough patch as Bangladesh bowlers failed to take 10-wickets of the opposition during last five ODI’s. Especially pacers need to be more lethal with their bowling. Sylhet offers an altogether different pitch than Dhaka, with hope for truer bounce and a bit more pace on the ball, which Rubel, Mustafiz and skipper Mashrafe can take advantage of. Fielding was also abysmal in the last match, as fielders dropped quite a few important catches, which drastically needs to improve for the series deciding match.

Tigers are likely to start with the same eleven from last match. However, Imrul Kayes’s spot might be something selectors can rethink with Mohammad Mithun a likely replacement; in that case, Soumya Sarkar will bat at No 3. While in the first ODI it was the pace bowlers that made the difference, they were arguably the weakness in the second game as the West Indians and Shai Hope in particular, were able to score freely against them, so a spinner might replace a pace bowler.

Bangladesh’s superb run of ODI form came to an end on Tuesday as they came up against an inspired Shai Hope who produced one of the best ODI innings (146*) by a West Indian batsman in some time. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how both teams react. Both sides will like to bowl first in this match as dew factor might come into play for team bowling second. Despite Hope’s heroics, the West Indies batting line-up remains fragile, and it is still much easier to have confidence in the home side’s top six than the Windies. The bowling units are fairly well matched but Tigers will be confident of winning this decider if just one their batsmen manage to convert their starts into a big score.