West Indies vs. Bangladesh, 1st ODI: Date, Time, TV Info and Preview

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West Indies vs. Bangladesh, 1st ODI: Date, Time, TV Info and Preview
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With the likes of Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard returning to the West Indies team, the bookies are already writing off Bangladesh before a ball has even been bowled in their three-match ODI series.

But can the visitors take advantage of the notoriously inconsistent Caribbean islanders? Let's take a closer look at the two sides ahead of the opening encounter in Grenada.

 

Venue: St George's, Grenada

Date: Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Start time: 9:30 a.m. local time, 3:30 p.m. BST

Weather: There is a mixed bag of weather scheduled, according to weather.com, with cloudy skies and rain showers likely.

Live stream/TV Info: The match is scheduled to be streamed live on BTV and Gazi TV in Bangladesh and Sky Sorts 2 in the UK. More channels here.

 

Preview

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Big names present and big names absent. The return of West Indies' A-listers Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard adds a lot of power and experience to the homeside's line-up.

Throw in the Bravo brothers, the red-hot Lendl Simmons, the enigmatic Darren Sammy and Sunil Narine—arguably the best white-ball spinner in the world—and you'd expect the 2012 T20 champions to win easily.

But things rarely go smoothly for the Caribbean islanders and if they go into this contest unfocused, Bangladesh, who have enjoyed some of the most successful results in this part of the world, could spring a surprise.

On their last visit in 2009, the Asian country completed a 3-0 whitewash against a Windies team weakened by industrial action while in 2007 they registered a rare victory in the World Cup against India.

Unfortunately, a number of issues currently dog the visitors' star players. Shakib Al Hasan is in the midst of the controversial six-month ban imposed by his own board.

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And Tamim Iqbal, once considered one of the world's premier T20 players, has struggled over the last couple of years, hence the presence of back-up openers, Imrul Kayes, Anamul Haque and Shamsur Rahman in the squad.

More positively for the visitors, the pace department seems in good shape with the experienced Mashrafe Mortaza leading the attack, and if their arrays of spinners manage to keep control then you never know.

The two teams have met on 18 occasions in ODI cricket, with the West Indies winning 13 times compared to Bangladesh's three.

 

ODI form (latest left to right)

West Indies: DLWDL

Bangladesh: NLLLL

 

Squads

West Indies (from): 

Dwayne Bravo (capt), Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy Lendl Simmons

 

Bangladesh (from):

Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Rubel Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mithun Ali, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Taskin Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Al-Amin Hossain.

 

Players to Watch

West Indies

Lendl Simmons has produced a mixed international career so far, averaging just over 17 from his eight Test matches so far. However, his performance in topping the run charts in the recent Caribbean Premier League, where he scored four half centuries and bludgeoned 24 sixes, have led to a recall and he won't get many better opportunities to prove he belongs at this level.

 

Bangladesh

In the absence of Shakib and the patchy form of Tamim, much will depend on experienced skipper Mushfiqur Rahim. Despite being aged just 25 years old, the middle-order batsman has racked up 132-ODI appearances and has scored nearly 3,000 runs. The cool-headed wicket-keeper may have to keep his troops disciplined if someone like Chris Gayle starts teeing off. 

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Prediction

If Tamim was flying and Shakib present with his useful middle-order runs and economical bowling, then you would give Bangladesh a chance. But the West Indies unit looks strong and well balanced, so it is hard to go against them here.

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