Mirpur: After Bangladesh stamped their authority at home with two convincing victory in the first two ODIs, West Indies clawed back into the series with two wins of their own. If it was Marlon Samuels' century that spared West Indies' blushes in the third ODI, captain Darren Sammy came good in the 4th with a solid all-round performance to knock off the hosts in a low-scorer.
Going into the 5th and the final ODI to be played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, West Indies clearly have the momentum going their way but they do have concerns in their batting line-up. Their star batsman Chris Gayle is yet to provide a big innings as he has scored only 70 runs so far in the series. The other opener Kieran Powell has done reasonably well after replacing Lendl Simmons for the last two ODIs but he needs to converts his starts into big scores.
In the Windies bowling department, it was expected that spinners will rule the roost especially with mystery spinner Sunil Narine in the ranks but it has been the medium pace of Darren Sammy and Ravi Rampaul that has given the visitors the maximum number of wickets. With due playing a very important part in each of the games, winning the toss is crucial but as it was shown by the West Indies quickies in the 4th ODI exploiting the conditions remains the most important aspect in day-night encounters.
For Bangladesh, the young recruits have done reasonably well but their lack of experience was very much evident in the last two ODIs. The hosts are definitely missing the services of their talismanic middle-order batsman Shakib-al-Hasan who was ruled out of the ODI series due to injury. His replacement, Mominul Haque, apart from his 29-ball 31 in the first ODI, has failed to put up an inspired performances in the rest of the matches. With an array of slow left-armers in their setup, Bangladesh have played to their strengths till now and even in the final ODI the hosts will be relying on their tweakers to deliver the goods.
All in all, Bangladesh have done a decent job in the ODI series after a 2-0 Test drubbing. On Saturday, it would be the temperaments of both the teams that would be tested.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (Capt/wk), Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Elias Sunny, Abdur Razzak.
West Indies Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas, Darren Sammy, Veerasammy Permaul, Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach.