West Indies play host to Bangladesh in the second one-day international in Grenada on Friday, looking for the win that would wrap up this three-match series following their three-wicket victory in the opening encounter at the same venue on Wednesday.
And if this game at St George's between the sides currently eighth and ninth in the International Cricket Council ODI world rankings is as even-contested as the first one played at the National Cricket Stadium, then we are in for another cracker.
What: West Indies vs. Bangladesh
Where: National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada
When: Friday, August 22, 1 p.m. GMT, 9 a.m. local time
Live Stream/TV info: The match is scheduled to be streamed live on BTV and Gazi TV in Bangladesh. More channels here.
The WICB has confirmed Ottis Gibson's immediate departure as West Indies coach. Team manager Richie Richardson takes charge in the interim.— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 20, 2014
DJ Bravo*, DM Bravo, KA Edwards, CH Gayle, JO Holder, NO Miller, SP Narine, KA Pollard, D Ramdin†, R Rampaul, KAJ Roach, DJG Sammy, LMP Simmons
Mushfiqur Rahim*, Abdur Razzak, Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mithun Ali†, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed
Last five matches (starting with the most recent): WLLWW
The men from the Caribbean lost their most recent series 2-1 at home to England back in February and March, while since Dwayne Bravo replaced Darren Sammy as West Indies’ 50-over captain, they have won just 12 of their 26 internationals, including only four victories this year.
Last five matches (starting with the most recent): LLLLL
Defeat in the first ODI on Wednesday continued a dreadful run for the tourists in the shorter form of the game in 2014, with the Tigers having recently lost 2-0 at home to India in June.
Meanwhile, they were also beaten in all four games of the Asia Cup, which they hosted in February and March, including even to minnows Afghanistan, prior to which they were whitewashed 3-0 on home soil by Sri Lanka in February of this year.
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo
Throughout his team’s up-and-down form so far this year in the 50-over game, skipper Dwayne Bravo has remained a pillar of consistency as their inspirational all-rounder, both averaging 93.5 with the bat and capturing 12 wickets in the seven ODIs West Indies played leading into this current series.
Best ODI bowling by a WI captain at home: Dwayne Bravo 6/43 v Zim 2013 Dwayne Bravo 4/32 Last Night Viv Richards 4/42 v Ind 1989 - "M.Ijaz_— PCB Official (@PCBFever) August 21, 2014
And the 30-year-old continued that recent eye-catching form with the ball against Bangladesh in Grenada on Wednesday by returning hugely impressive figures of 4-for-32 from his seven overs (see above video).
Bangladesh: Anamul Haque
In the key absence of suspended all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, and with big-hitting opening batsman Tamim Iqbal also woefully out of form at present, much responsibility for either posting or chasing a target in this must-win game for the tourists rests on Anamul Haque’s shoulders at the top of the order.
38.1 - Anamul Haque's ODI batting average of 38.1 is the highest for Bangladesh, minimum five innings. Consistent.— OptaJim (@OptaJim) August 20, 2014
However, luckily for the Tigers, the 21-year-old’s confidence should be sky-high after the right-hander scored his third century in just 20 ODIs—109 from 138 balls, with 11 fours and a six—in the opening match at St George's (see above video).
What will be the result of the second ODI in Grenada?
According to the BBC, it is expected to be hot and humid in Grenada on Friday, with bright sunshine and temperatures ranging between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius, but there is also a good chance of some thunder and showers.
Whoever wins the toss is again likely to field first at St George's in order to make the most use of whatever life there may be in the surface at that time of the morning.
However, with 16 wickets falling in a little under 90 overs in the first game played at the National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, batting conditions are again likely to remain tricky for both sides throughout this contest.