Shimron Hetmyer © Getty Images (File Photo)
Shimron Hetmyer © Getty Images (File Photo)

Bangladesh could have gone into the Baseterre  ODI 2-0 up but for the terrific last over bowled by Jason Holder who gave away just four runs when eight were required for Bangladesh to clinch the series. Bangladesh were in the game for the major part and till the time Mahmudullah gave Mushfiqur Rahim company in the middle, a win looked imminent. Before the series decider, the Bangladesh batsmen would want to work upon the aspect of inducing more productive strokes in the middle and death overs. Their opener Tamim Iqbal would want to step up his strike rate as even though he comes off a century and a 54 in the last two ODIs, his cumulative strike rate for the series hovers around 75.1 which is low for the modern age.

For the West Indies, Shimron Hetmyer played a gem of an innings in the 2nd ODI when he scored 125 off 93 balls with a strike rate of 134.4. In the absence of the injured Andre Russell and so far dim performances from the explosive Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, West Indies would pin their hopes on Hetmyer once again to get them on solid footing.

West Indies vs Bangladesh 2018, 3rd ODI: Injured Andre Russell set to miss 3rd ODI against Bangladesh
West Indies vs Bangladesh 2018, 3rd ODI: Injured Andre Russell set to miss 3rd ODI against Bangladesh

Russell has been ruled out of the match due to a knee injury; a Cricket West Indies release said he should be fit for selection for the three-match T20 series that follows. Sheldon Cottrell has been named his replacement for the ODI.

Bangladesh would look towards Mustafizur Rahman to continue his good work as he has silently picked up 2 wickets each in both games at a decent economy. For West Indies, the slower bowlers Devendra Bishoo and Chris Gayle have bowled better than the fast bowlers who have leaked more runs than they ideally should.

Trivia:

- West Indies have not won a bilateral ODI series since they last beat Bangladesh 3-0 in 2014. They have managed only one drawn series with Afghanistan since in ODIs. Bangladesh would look to take inspiration from their 2009 performance in the Caribbean when they beat the home side 3-0.

- Bangladesh last won a bilateral ODI series when they beat Afghanistan 2-1 in Bangladesh in 2016-17.

- Tamim Iqbal became the first Bangladeshi to score 3,000 runs in ODIs played at away and neutral venues.

It will be the first international match in Warner Park after two years, and the first day ODI since 2012. It promises to be an exciting decider where fortunes may swing either side.