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Bangladesh eye finishing blow over collapsible WI

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10 Dec 2018, 17:42 GMT+10

West Indies: LLLWT

In the spotlight

Mashrafe Mortaza became Player of the Match after two years, with his three-wicket haul boosting Bangladesh's bowling in the first ODI. His combination of cutters and subtle seam movement continues to work for him in the last five years of his limited-overs career.

Shimron Hetmyer had a blip in the first game but he has so far had a better Bangladesh tour than all of West Indies' batsmen. They would expect him to produce another quickfire knock in the crucial encounter.

Team news

Mashrafe is nursing a hamstring injury and Bangladesh's team management will be concerned by that, even as they experiment with four opening batsman, using Soumya Sarkar at No. 6.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Liton Das, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Soumya Sarkar, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Mehidy Hasan, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

West Indies have batsmen Chandrapaul Hemraj and Sunil Ambris, allrounder Carlos Brathwaite and left-arm spinner Fabien Allen to choose from, if they are looking to shake up things for the second game.

West Indies (probable): 1 Kieran Powell, 2 Shai Hope (wk), 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Rovman Powell (capt), 8 Keemo Paul, 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Oshane Thomas

Pitch and conditions

West Indies' struggle on Sunday was not indicative that the pitch at Shere Bangla National Stadium is bowler-friendly. Bangladesh certainly showed that batting with a bit more purpose can pay off. Dew is unlikely to be an issue, neither is the weather.

Stats and triviaQuotes

"I think we go back to the drawing board, we look at our plans and we will look at where we fell down in the [first] match and improve on that. I will never say that the series is over. We are going to come back strong. We know the guys will be up for the challenge, so we are looking forward to the next game." West Indies allrounder Roston Chase on whether Bangladesh are primed for a series win.

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