Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tigers embark on a new mission to salvage pride

Bangladesh -WI ODI Series kicks off today

Tigers embark on a new mission to salvage pride

Sports Desk After drubbing Bangladesh in the Test, the Tigers embark on a new mission to salvage some of the loss pride as they prepared to meet the host West Indies in the first ODI of the three-match series schedule to be held today (Sunday) at Providence Stadium in Guyana. The match will begin at 7:30 pm in Bangladesh time. Tigers need to a improve results in the limited over format while Windies will look to keep the most of the momentum gained from their 2-0 Test series win. On the flipside, Bangladesh have been outplayed in all three facets of the game and they have not been able to push Caribbean men at all in test series. Scores of 43, 144 and 149, 168 respectively in the two matches and not being able to play out even 50 overs clearly reflect the struggles the Bangladeshi batsmen have had against a lethal West Indies bowling attack. Although Bangladesh players warmed-up them well for the ODIs with a comfortable four-wicket win over UWI Vice-Chancellor's XI in Kingston on Thursday. Bangladesh chased a target of 228 runs, scoring 230/6 off 43.3 overs after the UWI VC's XI mustered 227 for 9 in 50 overs where former captain Mushfiqur Rahim (75*) and top-order batsman Liton Kumar Das (70) contributed significantly with a 52-run sixth wicket stand. Liton hit six fours and two sixes in his 79-ball knock, while Mushfiqur played 70 balls for unbeaten innings with six fours and one six. The performance saw them gaining some confidence ahead of the 1st of three ODIs against the host country starting in Guyana on Sunday. Experienced all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah Riyad will need to bring all their experience into the match, while Mashrafe will look to fill new energy after joining the team along with Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain to be his strongest suit for the pace attack. The host side will want to put up a much better display than they did in the Test series with their formidable outfit, having an enriched set of pacers-Alzarri Joseph and Keemo Paul, comeback man Andre Russell and skipper Jason Holder who likely create plenty of problems for Bangladesh. Bangladesh last played an ODI in the Tri-Nation Series against Sri Lanka at home and lost the game by 79 runs. The Windies last played an ODI at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in March in Zimbabwe, where they finished as runners-up and booked a place at the main event in 2019. Bangladesh registered seven wins against West Indies in their 28 ODI meetings--two of them had seen no results--since May 1999. PROBABLE SQUAD BANGLADESH: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Abu Hider Rony, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim. WEST INDIES: Jason Holder (C), Chris Gayle, Ashley Nurse, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Devendra Bishoo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, Rovman Powell, Alzarri Joseph and Andre Russell.

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