Mushfiqur Rahim has been in great form. Image courtesy of cricket.com.au
Fresh from scoring a 3-2 One Day International series win, Bangladesh will be confident of scoring another upset against the West Indies when the sides meet in a one off Twenty20 International at Dhaka tonight. While Bangladesh was too good for the Windies in the 50 over format, it will face a bigger task against the reigning Twenty20 World Champions in its preferred format.
Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim led the way for his side throughout the ODI series in which he averaged 51 batting at number four and will again play a key role for the hosts. 19 year-old Anamul Haque debuted during the series and plundered 120 in just his second match. He could be in line for a T20 International debut, as could Sohag Gazi, who made a big impression in both the Test and ODI series, while fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza is doubtful after picking up a thigh strain.
The West Indies are set to make at least three changes from its World Twenty20 winning team, with Johnson Charles, Dinesh Ramdin and Samuel Badree not in the squad for this match. Lendl Simmons could partner Chris Gayle at the top of the order while Devon Thomas and Kemar Roach are also likely to come into the XI. Big Bash fans will have their eyes on Caribbean stars Kieren Pollard , Marlon Samuels and Gayle, who will play for the Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder respectively in the competition. While Samuels and Pollard have both been amongst the runs recently, Gayle scored just 72 from five innings during the recently concluded ODI series against the hosts.
In three previous T20 Internationals between these sides, Bangladesh holds a 2-1 advantage after winning the most recent clash here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium by 3 wickets last October.
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