West Indies look to level the five-match ODI series when they take on Bangladesh in the fourth game at Dhaka on Friday. After back-to-back losses, the Caribbean team rode on Marlon Samuels’ ton to pull one back in the third ODI on Wednesday. Their win has opened up the series.
The day-night encounter promises to be a cracker with the series at stake for the Windies. Having recently triumphed at the World T20, a series loss against Bangladesh would be the last thing Darren Sammy’s men would want.
Samuels once again holds the key for the visitors. On form right now, he is West Indies’ number one batsman and if he fires again, the chances of a Caribbean win will go up manifold. The dangerous Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard need to take a leaf out of Samuels’ book. Against quality spinners and in non-conducive batting conditions, they need to get their eye in before they go for the kill.
For the tourists, Sunil Narine’s return to form is another massive boost. It was his 4 for 37 that ensured that the Tigers don’t pose an imposing total like they did in the second ODI. However, stats don’t favour the Windies at all. The last time they came back from 1-2 down to win a series was against Zimbabwe in the 2003-04 season.
Though they can take a lot of heart from the fact that Bangladesh’s record at Dhaka is pretty bad. Here they have won just 24 out of 84 encounters, while at other venues in the country they have won 18 ties out of 36. When all is said and done, it is clear a West Indies win tomorrow will be good for the series as it will make the fifth encounter on Saturday a real cracker.
However, Bangladesh would sure want to seal it on Friday. Of late there hasn’t been any real success for them. A series win will provide a big boost to the game there. Meanwhile on the eve of the match, the Bangladeshis bolstered their spin attack for the remainder of the series by calling up left-armer Elias Sunny. However, it’s not likely he will get a game.
West Indies: 1 Chris Gayle 2 Kieran Powell 3 Marlon Samuels 4 Darren Bravo 5 Dwayne Smith 6 Kieron Pollard 7 Devon Thomas (wk) 8 Darren Sammy (c) 9 Veerasammy Permaul 10 Sunil Narine 11 Ravi Rampaul
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal 2 Anamul Haque 3 Naeem Islam 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (c&wk) 5 Nasir Hossain 6 Mominul Haque 7 Mahmudullah 8 Mashrafe Mortaza 9 Sohag Gazi 10 Abdur Razzak 11 Rubel Hossain