Date & Time: Monday, June 17, 15:00 IST
Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England
Can West Indies perform to their best potential?
Two teams with exactly the same results in the four matches that they have played so far in this World Cup (W1, L2, D1) are facing each other today. Both the teams have had some unfortunate results so far and are finding it difficult to get into the top 4 spot with every passing game. However, the team that wins this contest will have a real good chance to battle it out for the 4th spot, provided some other results also go their way.
Andre Russell’s situation with the injury seems to be never ending for West Indies and hopefully he will be available for this clash at least as a batsman if he can’t bowl at all. Carlos Brathwaite and Evin Lewis are other doubtful starters after failing to make any major impacts so far. Bangladesh might go in with an extra seamer in Rubel Hossain for one of their spinners if conditions favour pacers.
The pitch at Taunton is expected to favour pacers and in the last game at this venue, both Pakistan and Australia opted against fielding any specialist spinners. Short boundaries and flat wicket means scores can go as high as 300 to 350.
Shai Hope’s numbers against Bangladesh will blow your mind and you will eventually have him in your Dream11 team. Inn – 9 Runs – 662 Average – 94.57 Strike Rate – 84.22 High score – 146* His last five scores against Bangladesh are 146*, 108*, 109, 87 and 74.
Shakib al Hasan has been one of the standout performers so far in this edition of World Cup and he will be one of the contenders for Man of the Tournament if he continues his rich vein of form. He is the 5th highest run scorer (260 runs in 3 innings) and has picked up 3 wickets so far.
Nicholas Pooran was surprisingly promoted to number 4 batting position ahead of Shimron Hetmyer and he has done wonderfully well to cling on to that spot. He is the leading run scorer for West Indies in this edition of World Cup and is likely to continue his great form.