The Bangladesh national men’s cricket team finally registered their first victory in their 2022 Caribbean tour after beating the hosts by 6 wickets in the first ODI match. This was Bangladesh’s nine straight victories over the West Indies. If Bangladesh win the remaining two matches in the series, they will equal West Indies' record of eleven straight victories between the two sides. The visiting side's top priority at the moment is to win the WI vs BAN 2nd ODI 2022 in order to clinch the series with a game in hand. The second ODI preview of WI vs BAN 2022 series is discussed in this article.
West Indies vs Bangladesh Series 2022: Second ODI Match Preview
The Bangladesh bowlers were brilliant in the first ODI. Their efforts practically helped Bangladesh clinch the series-opening contest. In contrast, the Caribbean team couldn’t carry on their recent good run of form in the first match of the limited-overs series. In other words, the batting unit was clueless against Bangladesh bowlers. The WI vs BAN 2nd ODI 2022 will be crucial for both teams, which will be played at the same venue. The match will start at 7.30 p.m. (Bangladesh Standard Time) on Wednesday (July 13) at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
Bangladesh's campaign is full of confidence at the moment after sealing the first match. The bowlers' expectations will be high again in the second ODI, but putting in the same effort in all matches is not possible. So, the batters have to come forward and display their best effort in the middle.
Bangladesh need a big partnership from the top order and someone has to play an anchor role in order to set up a big total on board. Captain Tamim usually guides the Bangladesh innings, but now the time has come for Litton Das to step up and play the role for the side. Afif Hossain needs to play a solid knock if he gets a proper chance to build his innings. Veteran Mahmudullah Riyad has been criticized for not performing to his full potential with the bat. Riyad also needs to show his true prowess as a pinch hitter, especially in the death overs.
In bowling, Shoriful Islam and Mehidy Hasan Miraz had brilliant outings in the first match. However, no one can deny the fact that Nasum Ahmed and Taskin Ahmed were very economical in their respective spells. One major concern for Bangladesh could be their fielding. They dropped multiple catches in the first match, which they need to improve as soon as possible. There is no chance of making a change in the playing XI for the second match.
Predicted playing XI (Bangladesh)
Top-Order: Tamim Iqbal (captain), Litton Das, Anamul Haque
Middle-Order: Mahmudullah Riyad, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan (wicket-keeper), Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Lower-Order: Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
The West Indies campaign was probably expecting another ruthless performance against Bangladesh in the ODI format. However, the match result didn't turn out as anticipated for them. Batters' approach towards spinners was shambolic. The batters were nervous facing the Bangladesh spinners and the pacers also managed to put pressure on them as well.
West Indian batters need to come up with a proper plan to deal with Bangladeshi spinners. Besides, they need to find a way to rotate the strike rate to set up a challenging total. Bowlers comparatively did well for the home side, picking up four wickets while defending a low total. Mahmudullah Riyad survived twice in the first match. The outcome of the first ODI would have been different had Riyad been out earlier in his innings.
The West Indies may opt for a couple of changes in order to bolster their playing XI. However, the West Indian batters have to play a big part if they want to level the series at 1-1 by winning the second match.
Predicted Playing XI (West Indies)
Top-Order: Shai Hope (wicket-keeper), Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks
Middle-Order: Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (captain), Rovman Powell, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph
Lower-Order: Romario Shepherd, Gudakesh Motie, Jayden Seales
Guyana’s Weather and Pitch Report
The forecast suggests that there is a strong possibility of rain with thunderstorms on Wednesday (July 13) in Georgetown, Guyana. Therefore, a deduction of overs is a strong possibility for the second match. The pitch would be batting-friendly, so opting to bat first could be a suitable option for the toss-winning captain.
Many experts believed Bangladesh's chances in the ODI series would be quite slim after a dismal showing in both the Test and T20I series. However, Bangladesh once again showed why they are among the world's toughest ODI sides. The Tamim Iqbal-led team completely outplayed the Windies in the opening game and won by a comfortable margin to grab the series lead.
Additionally, the players of the visiting team will have little trouble adjusting to the conditions because every game in the ODI series will take place at Providence Stadium in Guyana. On the other hand, the Windies team has to devise a better strategy for the second ODI because Bangladesh will begin as the favourite in the WI vs BAN 2nd ODI 2022. Bangladesh will attempt to win the limited-overs series in the second game in order to make the third ODI a dead rubber.