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World Cup 2019, Match23- WI Vs BAN, Preview: Windies Hope To Bring Back The Momentum Against The Recharged Tigers

After the sizzling Super Sunday encounter between the arch-rivals, it is now time to shift the focus towards another brilliant clash. In the 23rd match of the ICC World Cup 2019, the Windies team will be taking the field against Bangladesh at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on June 17, Monday. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results being unfold in their respective previous outings. West Indies were handed a convincing beating by England, while Bangladesh’s last match against Sri Lanka got washed out.

The Windies started the 2019 World Cup with a thunderous seven-wicket victory against Pakistan. However, the Jason Holder-captained unit lost against Australia and England. Moreover, one of their games versus South Africa was called off and currently, the Caribbean team is placed sixth in the points table with three points from four matches. Their next match is against Bangladesh in Taunton.

A few days ago, Windies lost three matches in succession in Ireland versus the same opposition. The Tigers also won a couple of bilateral ODI series against the Windies in the last one year. As far as the World Cup is concerned, Mashrafe Mortaza & Co rolled over the Proteas to start their journey but now languish in the eight position after defeats at the hands of New Zealand and England respectively. Both the teams quite desperately need a win in this match to strike back to winning ways and move up on points table as well.

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Windies’ likely Playing XI

 The Caribbean team may not make any changes to their eleven. Andre Russell has had his problems with his knee, but he is likely to make the cut. Evin Lewis was awful in the first two matches and he’ll be looking to make amends. Chris Gayle needs to convert his starts. Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer also need to understand the importance of carrying on and getting a big score under their belt.

Skipper Holder is in decent form and he’ll need to lead from the front. Even an injured Russell holds the key. Carlos Brathwaite needs to pull up his socks at the earliest. In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas to get the early breakthroughs. Shannon Gabriel was expensive versus the Brits and he’ll play an important role as well.

Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell.

Bangladesh’s likely Playing XI

The Tigers are persisting with Mohammad Mithun and he may be replaced by Sabbir Rahman. Mohammad Saifuddin has succumbed when put under pressure. Bangladesh may want to field the experienced Rubel Hossain. Mushfiqur Rahim copped a blow on his forearm in the nets off Mustafizur Rahman, but his injury may not be too serious as per the team management.

Tamim Iqbal has got the runs in bits and pieces and needs to get in full flow. The focus will again be on how the dynamic Shakib Al Hasan steps up and deliver the goods. Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain will have their roles to play as well lower down the order. Mashrafe Mortaza hasn’t had the best of World Cups with the ball. The team will also look up to Mustafizur Rahman to step up.

Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun/Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin/Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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