Bangladesh Vs West Indies
Starting time: 2:30 pm IST
Dhaka, March 3: Bangladesh will take on the Windies in the 19th match of the World Cup 2011, secure from the fact that they have only as recently as July 2009, consigned the opposition to a 3-nil drubbing in the latter's own backyard. What's more, the Windies coming off a string of one-day defeats against various sides, have sunk below Bangaldesh in the ICC's ODI rankings.
But the last time the two went at each other in a World Cup fixture, which was on April 19, 2007, the Windies prevailed by 99 runs. In that match, Ramnaresh Sarwan top-scored with 90 off 91 balls as the Windies put on a total of 230 to then shoot out the opposition for 131 in 43.5 overs, with Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo getting two wickets each.
So can Bangaldesh turn the tables on the side from the Caribbean and romp home winners in this present edition of the global event? Both sides have some momentum going for them, with each coming off victories. After the Windies lost to South Africa by 7 wickets in the tour opener, it simply crushed the Netherlands in their next match by a mammoth 215 runs, while Bangladesh inflicted a fairly comfortable 27-run win over Ireland after losing to India in the curtain-raiser game by 87 runs.
The Bangladeshi men to watch out for will be Tamim Iqbal and captain Shakib al Hasan. In the World Cup so far, the former bears the top average for his side at 57.00, followed by the latter with 35.50. incidentally, Mohammah Ashraful who is yet to come into some runs, has the highest average for a Bangaldesh batsman against the Windies, at 46.66. And the hosts most effective bowler in the Cup thus far has been paceman Shafiul Islam who has 5 wickets at an average of 17.80.
Meanwhile, Darren Bravo has been the highest run-getter for the Windies from the two matches they have played with an average of 51.50, while Chris Gayle comes in second at 41 and Devon Smith, third, at nearly 40.
Paceman Kemar Roach, thanks to his match-winning 6/27 against the Netherlands on Tuesday, emnerges as his side's most successful bowler with a tally of 7 wickets at an average of 9.85. Off-spinner Suleiman Benn is the second most successful bowler with 4 wickets at an average of 19.75.
So, Bangaldesh is holding most of the winning cards, but the West Indies have shown they they are no pushovers, promising for a very engaging match at Mirpur on March 4....