West Indies and Bangladesh meet in the final one-day international of their three-match series in St. Kitts on Monday for what is in effect a dead rubber after the home side took an unassailable 2-0 lead with victory by a whopping 177 runs on Friday.
However, for the tourists there is still plenty to play for at Warner Park, not least pride after being dismissed for just 70 at St. George's (see below video), and, incredibly, a first win in this form of the game in 2014.
What: West Indies vs. Bangladesh
Where: Warner Park, Basseterre, St. Kitts
When: Monday, August 25, 7:30 p.m. BST, 2:30 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.
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): WWLLW
Prior to this series, Dwayne Bravo and Co. had been thoroughly inconsistent in the 50-over game, losing at home to England and away to India, in between which they also drew 2-2 in New Zealand, with their only success coming in a one-off contest with Ireland in the Caribbean last February.
Last five matches (starting with the most recent): LLLLL
Since October 2013, the Tigers have lost ODI home series’ 3-0 to both New Zealand and Sri Lanka, as well as 2-0 against India, while they were also beaten in all four matches they hosted on home soil in February and March’s Asia Cup.
West Indies: Chris Gayle
The experienced left-handed opener enjoyed a welcome return to form with the bat in Friday’s second ODI in Grenada, top-scoring with 58 off just 67 balls—including three fours and five sixes—in what was only the big-hitting 34-year-old’s third half-century for his country in any form of the game this year.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza
The tourists’ opening bowler may have come into this series in poor form with the ball, having captured only four wickets in five internationals in 2014.
However, the 30-year-old returned to something like his very best in the second encounter at the National Cricket Stadium after returning eye-catching figures of 3-for-39 from his allotted 10 overs, including the key scalps of Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard and West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo in a brilliant two-over spell near the end of the hosts’ innings.
It is expected to be hot in St. Kitts on Monday, with bright sunshine and temperatures ranging between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius, although there is also a 10 per cent chance of rain according to the Weather Channel.
This is the first ODI to be played at Warner Park for over two years, when off-spinner Sunil Narine—man of the match on Friday—spun the home team to a 20-run win against New Zealand after taking career-best figures of 5-for-27.