1st ODI: West Indies seek respite after Test drubbing
Shimron Hetmyer and Rovman Powell have plenty to do in Bangladesh. @AFP

Having swept aside West Indies in both Tests recently, and with ODI and T20I series wins against them earlier this year away from home, an upbeat Bangladesh will fancy their chances of keeping the wining momentum going when the teams meet in three-match ODI series which starts December 9 at Mirpur.

Already a different team with the return of Shakib Al Hasan recently, Bangladesh will be bolstered by the return of Tamim Iqbal after nearly three months. The country’s all-time leading run-getter in ODIs and Tests marked his comeback match this week by cracking 13 fours and four sixes in a 73-ball 107 for the BCB XI against West Indies, which is a huge bonus for the hosts.

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For West Indies, led by Rovman Powell  in the absence of Jason Holder, the focus will be on seeing out Bangladesh’s spinners. The Test format is of course more challenging, but West Indies had issues with spin during the ODIs and T20Is in India not long ago. With a shaky batting order starting with an inconsistent opening pair, the onus will be on the returning Darren Bravo and Roston Chase, Shai Hope and Marlon Samuels to produce big innings while Shimron Hetmyer does his thing.

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Bangladesh are ranked seventh in ODIs, while West Indies are ninth.

Date: December 9

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Time: 12:30pm IST

Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 21 degrees

Team News

Bangladesh 

Imrul Kayes is fit, so he is likely man to slot in as opener alongside Tamim which means that Liton Das will vacate one spot. The man who has often partnered Tamim at the top in ODIs, Soumya Sarkar, batted at No 3 for the BCB XI against West Indies and made 103 not out from 83 balls. But with Shakib due to bat at one-down, Sarkar may have to sit out even though his last ODI saw him score a match-winning hundred.

Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal are back to boost Bangladesh
Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal are back to boost Bangladesh. © AFP

Shakib’s return also makes it likely that one of Ariful Haque and Mehedy Hasan Miraz sits out.

Probable XI: 1 Tamil Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Ariful Haque/Mehedy Hasan Miraz, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Abu Hider

West Indies 

The return of Bravo for his first ODIs since October 2016 gives West Indies a solid option at o 3. This means that Hope, Samuels and Hetmyer will all drop down a spot. Chase is also back but how he slots into the middle order is tricky.

Chandrapal Hemraj didn’t do anything of note in India, where Powell opened in the last ODI. But now that he is captain, will he want to go up the order?

Probable XI: 1 Kieran Powell, 2 Chandrapal Hemraj, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Shai Hope, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Rovman Powell (capt), 8 Fabien Allen, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Keemo Paul, 11 Oshane Thomas

Statistics

- Bangladesh have won 11 of 17 ODIs this year. At home, they are 6-2 in 2018.

- If Bangladesh win all three ODIs, it will bring them level with their second-best year ever. They won 14 of 19 ODIs in 2009.

- West Indies have won 20 of 29 completed ODIs versus Bangladesh.

- Samuels needs four sixes to surpass Brian Lara (211) and slot in behind only Chris Gayle for West Indies with the most maximums (476).