Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Batting concerns for WI ahead of crucial Bangladesh tie. Can West Indies find their batting mojo in Sharjah?
Can West Indies find their batting mojo in Sharjah?
Will West Indies find their batting mojo soon? It is unlike the defending champions to be staring down the barrel after two losses in two games. They are quickly getting into the must-win territory to get past the Super 12 stage. Sailing in the same boat are Bangladesh who have slipped twice after getting into the Super 12. Both teams have shown clear deficiencies in their manner of losses, and it is this that they'd seek to address as quickly as possible.
For West Indies, the problems start with their batting not showing a surefire approach. They would need to find the right balance between attack and caution. In their two games so far, they've paid the price for tilting too far one side, and will be looking to set that in order right from the top. Would that mean bringing in Chris Gayle back to open? A smaller ground and possibly a truer pitch could potentially help their cause and decision-making. It could also help a lot more if they won the toss and had the time to assess the conditions before pacing their approach in the chase.
Unlike their opponents, Bangladesh have blown hot and cold with the bat. What would rankle them though is that they've fallen to well laid out plans by their opponents twice. Against Sri Lanka, they were left hiding their left-arm spinners when two left-handers made merry in the small Sharjah ground.
Against England, they lost the plot with the bat right through to spin as Moeen Ali opened the attack successfully once again. That they have fallen short in smarts to outplay the opposition match-ups as well as the conditions at play could point to a lot more work needed from the backroom staff to address a lot of key issues. Against a line-up filled with a number of left-handers such as West Indies, their match-ups against left-arm spin could be critical. Can Bangladesh find a way to address this?
When: Friday, 29th October at 02:00PM Local Time, 15:30 IST
Where: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
What to expect: The famous sheen of the Sharjah pitch has been visible once again in the T20 WC. This is usually an indicator of a good batting surface and so far the pitches have produced fairly even contests between bat and ball.
Head to head: West Indies 6 – 5 Bangladesh
Player injury/availability: Jason Holder has been inculded in the squad in the absence of the injured Obed McCoy.
Tactics and match ups: The big battle could be against Shakib Al Hasan who has an economy rate of just 6.78 against West Indies. The Bangladesh attack could also suit someone like Gayle well with no mystery spin or high pace at play.
Probable XI: Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons/Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder/Oshane Thomas, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul
Player injury/availability: The lack of form of Liton Das could be a concern leading into the game.
Tactics and Match ups: They could toy with the idea of getting another offspinner in place of a left-arm spinner given the opposition at play.
Probable XI: Liton Das/Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed/Shamim Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam
Did you know?
– Gayle has been dismissed below 20 in 13 of his 18 T20I innings in 2021 and has only one 50+ score
– In the Super 12 stage, eight of the nine games have been won by chasing sides
What they said
With the batting order, the batting order and batsmen, we just didn't rise to the occasion, to be honest. If you can accept that we weren't good on the first two games, I think as batsmen, as a team, we already accepted that we didn't come to the party. And we're looking forward to moving forward and hopefully we can do much better – Nicholas Pooran