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T20 World Cup 2021: Match 23, West Indies vs Bangladesh Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match?

Both teams are yet to open their account in the tournament.

Bangladesh Cricket Team
Bangladesh Cricket Team. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Preview

Bangladesh and West Indies are set to cross swords in Match No.23 of the T20 World Cup on Friday, October 29 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. The Caribbean team, led by Kieron Pollard, have had a disastrous campaign thus far, having lost both their games against England and South Africa.

Their net run rate of -2.550 is the worst among the six teams in Group B. The Tigers are also yet to open their account after back-to-back losses at the hands of England and Sri Lanka. On Wednesday, October 27, England beat them by eight wickets. They also have a rather poor net run rate of -1.655.

Match Details

Match – West Indies vs Bangladesh – Match 23

Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Time – 03:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT

Where to watch live – Star Sports Network

Pitch Report

The pitch in Sharjah hasn’t been an overly great one for batting. The spinners have extracted quite a bit from the surface. Batting second should remain the way forward.

Average score: 144 (4 T20Is in Sharjah in T20 World Cup 2021)

Record of Chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1, Tied – 0

Probable Playing XIs

West Indies

Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Hayden Walsh

Bench: Hayden Walsh, Ravi Rampaul, Oshane Thomas, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher

Bangladesh

Mohammad Naim, Liton Das/Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

Bench: Taskin Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Soumya Sarkar/Liton Das, Rubel Hossain

Head-to-head

Overall

Matches- 12, West Indies – 6, Bangladesh – 5, N/R- 1

In T20 World Cups

Matches- 2, West Indies – 1, Bangladesh – 1, N/R- 0

Probable best batter of the match

Evin Lewis (West Indies)

Evin Lewis has been excellent for the West Indies in the T20 tournament. The left-hander couldn’t get going in their game against England, but he showed his class against South Africa. The southpaw smashed 56 runs off 35 balls with the help of three fours and six sixes. He will be looking to replicate something similar against the Tigers as well.

Probable best bowler of the match

Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

Shakib Al Hasan has been the standout bowler for Bangladesh in the ongoing edition of the T20 World Cup. The left-arm pacer scored runs and picked up wickets for fun in the Qualifiers. The Magura-born also picked up two wickets against Sri Lanka. Albeit he failed to deliver against England, he is expected to make a comeback against the West Indies.

Today’s match prediction: The team, batting second to win the match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.