The West Indies have matched the ODI series of 3 matches with a victory in the second game. Shimron Hetmyer scored an excellent ton, helping his side level the series. While the West Indies clung to a three-race victory, Bangladesh was beaten 268 for six after their 50 overs . It is a decisive match for both teams and they will surely want to give the best of themselves. The West Indian batter is looking for a great way now and can give Bangladesh a tough challenge. Skipper Jason Holder was one of the stars for his team, as he defended seven runs in the final and picked up Mushfiqur Rahim's prized ground, which he was hitting in 68 and looked good to take Bangladesh to victory.
Captain Jason Holder, who had given away nearly seven races so far in the game, defended seven races in the last to give the West Indies a victory over Bangladesh in the second ODI. There are plenty of concerns that could possibly deny them their first bilateral ODI series win since 2014.
The 93-ball 125 by Shimron Hetmyer, and his fifth position of 103 runs with Rovman Powell kept the home team together for a long period after they stuttered in the first half of their innings. Ashley Nurse and Devendra Bishoo have been quite cheap in the series so far, although they have not taken much terrain, and their death bowling duo Alzarri Joseph and Keemo Paul lacks experience.
The quarterbacks of Bangladesh had the same problem in both games, although players like Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman have much more experience. While they are particularly impressive in the intermediate divisions, Bangladesh has not yet rectified its bowling in recent times. Bangladesh's hitting has also caused concern. They are often caught in the middle of the innings, and had happened in both games with two of their prolific hitters, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, in the fold.
Sabbir Rahman has not shown his form in the two games, but Bangladesh does not have a similar replacement for him.
Antilles: WLLWW (last five matches completed, the most recent first) Bangladesh: LWLLW
In the spotlight
Shimron Hetmyer has stood out among the batting lineups of the West Indies for his temper and stroke game. His 93-ball 125 was a match-winning effort, which would make it the big field for Bangladeshi bowlers in the deciding match of the series.
The sudden attack of Anamul Haque in the second ODI did not last long, but it is the first time in his international career of five years that he was aggressive. A more sustained effort could make him Tamim's regular opening companion by entering the 2019 World Cup.
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Andre Russell has been ruled out due to a knee injury; a release of Cricket West Indies said he should be able to be selected for the T20 three-party series that follows. Sheldon Cottrell has been named his replacement for the ODI.
West Indies XI will be formed by Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Jason Mohammed, Shai Hope (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph
Sabbir Rahman is the only one with a questionable position in the team, since so far he has only played 15 races in both games. But the reserve hitters, Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Liton Das, are not prepared and are not seen as mid-level finalists. Unless the team management wants to risk choosing Shanto, Sabbir will continue to play.
Bangladesh XI will be formed by Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
Field and conditions
It will be the first international match at Warner Park after two years, and the first day at ODI since 2012. Good weather is expected at Basseterre.
Statistics and curiosities
At the beginning of the series, Tamim Iqbal became the first Bangladeshi to score 3,000 ODI races that are played in faraway and neutral places.
The loss of three races in the second ODI was Bangladesh's closest margin of defeat in an away game. The previous closest was a five-race loss to Zimbabwe in Harare in 2011. Coincidentally, Mushfiqur Rahim also fell in the latter part of that game.