- West Indies (WI) & Bangladesh (BAN) have faced twice in T20 World Cups, with a 1-1 head-to-head record.
- WI and BAN have both lost their opening two matches of the tournament.
- WI’ batting has disappointed them in both matches, while BAN will require an all-round performance to win.
Defending champions West Indies (WI) have had a disappointing start to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, losing two games in a row. So far, a team that bats deep and has some of the most feared T20 batsmen has fallen short of expectations. Kieron Pollard and company will face Bangladesh in Match No. 23 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, with both teams looking for their first win of the tournament.
Bangladesh, too, has gone winless in their first two matches. Bangladesh were thrashed by Eoin Morgan & Co., who beat them by 8 wickets after losing their first match from a winning position against the Sri Lankans. The Bangla Tigers continue to rely heavily on Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahum, and skipper Mahmudullah to do the most of the scoring, and this will be no different against the Windies. Shakib went out for cheap against England, and the team’s management will be looking for an all-round performance from their top batsman today.
It’s tough to comprehend why WI players have failed in the competition, given that half of the squad participated in the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was also held in the UAE. Many major names have failed so far in the competition, including Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Nicholas Pooran, and Shimron Hetmyer, and the Windies will need to fire as a unit to score a massive number. Pollard is a wonderful leader, and he would have to lead his team from the front by contributing significantly.
Gayle has failed to establish his mettle batting at No. 3 in the World Cup after a string of disappointing performances in the second half of the IPL 2021, and the team management may consider beginning the innings with him, which means one of Lewis or Simmons would be pushed to the No. 3 place.
On paper, the West Indies appear to be a significantly stronger side, yet they only have a 6-5 advantage in T20 international head-to-head matches between the two sides.
WI Vs BAN Head To Head:
In terms of overall head-to-head record in T20Is, the West Indies are just a tiny bit ahead of Bangladesh. So far, these two sides have played 12 T20I matches. The Caribbean team has won six games, while the Bangladesh Tigers have won five. Due to weather, one of their matches was called off. In terms of T20 World Cups, these two sides have faced twice, with a 1-1 head-to-head record.
Top Picks for WI Vs BAN Match 23 ICC World Cup 2021:
Wicketkeeper: Mushfiqur Rahim
Batsmen: Evin Lewis, Naim Sheikh
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan
Bowlers: Akeal Hosein, Nasum Ahmed
Chasing teams have dominated in this T20 World Cup. With multiple superstars ready to go, the West Indies should easily defeat Bangladesh in this match. Also, West Indies have greater run-scoring potential, so they have a high chance of winning this match.