West Indies bounced back in the second one-day game against Bangladesh and leveled the series.
Shimron Hetmyer's century at Providence Stadium in Guyana led the Windies to 271, despite another three wickets for Rubel Hossain. Bangladesh's reply was as good as the previous ODI, but they were unable to hold their nerves in the final over of the innings as they fell 4 runs short at 268/6.
Now, both teams head back to St. Kitts for the decisive third ODI at Warner Park, Basseterre on Saturday.
West Indies: The Windies have so far struggled to get Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan out, but Jason Holder's superb last over in the second ODI could turn the tide in this series. While Hetmyer's excellent batting is another reason to be confident, the hosts will be looking to make sure there are no more hiccups.
With the bat, Hetmyer was Windies' star batsman in the previous game, following up his half-century in the first game with 125 from 93 balls. While he was well supported by Rovman Powell who scored 44 runs from 67 balls, destructive opener Chris Gayle and the other batsmen failed against the Asian lineup, which might be a matter of concern for skipper Holder.
With the ball, Holder bowled the crucial last over in the second ODI and has taken 18 wickets in his last 10 ODIs. Moreover, economical bowling from Ashley Nurse (1-34 from 10 overs) and Devandra Bishoo (1-39 from 10 overs) was crucial for the Windies to slow down the scoring rate in the middle overs.
Expected Playing XI: Jason Holder (C), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Ashley Nurse, Jason Mohammed, Rovman Powell and Devandra Bishoo.
Bangladesh: The Tigers' defeat in the second match of this series was their third in seven ODI matches and they will look to bounce back in the decisive match to clinch the series.
With the bat, Tamim Iqbal has been in superb form as he hit 130* in the first match, followed by 54 in the second ODI. Mushfiqur Rahim has also been among the runs, scoring 30 from 11 balls in the first game and then top-scoring with a more patient 68 from 67 balls in the second ODI.
Similarly, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (97 from 121 balls) shared a 207-run second-wicket partnership in the first ODI, and scored 56 from 72 balls in the second game after a 97-run partnership with Tamim. These three will once again be key against Caribbean bowlers.
With the ball, Mashrafe Mortaza took 4-37 in the first game from his full 10 overs, to bowl Bangladesh to victory. He added his fifth wicket of the series last time out, claiming 1-44 from nine overs. Meanwhile, Rubel Hossain’s 3-61 in second ODI means he has 18 wickets in his previous 10 matches.
Expected Playing XI: Mashrafe Mortaza, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain.