The ICC World Twenty20 is still in its early stages, but the two groups are already taking form brilliantly. In what was thought to be a death group, England now seem to be clear favourites to win Group A. They have already beaten the West Indies and Bangladesh in their respective matches and are looking quite dangerous right now. Betting in India will be in full flow for this game.
West Indies and Bangladesh, on the other hand, are on the verge of being eliminated, and another defeat today would show them the exit door. West Indies are poised to face Bangladesh in a knockout encounter next in the tournament. The match between the two teams will take place on October 29, 2021, at the Sharjah Cricket Ground in Sharjah. It should be a great cricket match.
Prior to the start of the competition, West Indies were considered one of the favourites to win the championship. However, after two matches, they have not only not performed like favourites, but they may easily be the first team ousted from the competition. West Indies presently sit at the bottom of Group A’s points standings, with two loses and zero victories. Given their present situation, they will also need to improve their net run rate, which is now a dismal -2.550.
The West Indies’ recent form will not make them proud. Despite doing a good job with the ball, their batsmen haven’t really left much margin for error for their bowlers to exploit. Given how well their top order has performed so far, we anticipate that they will make at least a couple alterations to their batting order. Lendl Simmons was horribly sluggish in the last match, and we could see Chris Gayle go up to the top of the order and Roston Chase take his place. This alteration will not only improve their batting lineup, but will also provide more diversity in their bowling.
On paper, the West Indies have a team that should enjoy playing in this style. With batsmen like Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, and Shimron Hetmyer, no total is too high for them to reach. Having saying that, none of them have seemed to be in total command of the tournament so far. However, when it comes to bowling, the West Indies have clearly punched above their weight.
Overall, West Indies may not have seemed to be a champion team until now, but they have all the firepower needed to turn things around. If the typical suspects can produce, their opponents will have to be extremely cautious about them.
Unlike the West Indies, Bangladesh has displayed flashes of brilliance in all aspects of the game, but not consistently. They performed an excellent job in their first super-twelve encounter against Sri Lanka, amassing an above-par score that they were unable to defend.
Bangladesh is presently ranked fifth on the points table, with zero points and a subpar net run rate of -0.1665. Their low net run rate is mainly a product of a bad performance in their last encounter, which they lost with England having eight wickets in hand and 35 balls to spare.
Bangladesh, like the West Indies, will aim to make at least a few of alterations to their batting lineup. Litton Das has had two terrible hits at the top and will most likely be rested in this next match. Bangladesh also has to improve their fielding, which was a major factor for their failure against Sri Lanka.
Overall, Bangladesh have a good team that seems to be well-prepared to take advantage of the circumstances, but it will all come down to how effectively they execute in this match. They don’t have a power hitter in their batting order, which might be a defining factor on a field noted for its short boundaries. Bangladesh will be in business if their batters are capable of scoring large and scoring quickly.
West Indies have faced Bangladesh in 11 T20I’s. In which, the Windies have won six and Bangaldesh have won five.
It is a crucial match since the losing team will be eliminated from contention for qualifying to the next round. Both teams have experienced comparable challenges so far, and winning this match might be just what these two teams need to get back on track. Given how the two teams have performed so far, Bangladesh seems to be slightly ahead. Having said that, the West Indies have a superior team on paper and will be better prepared to deal with the weather and small boundaries at this site. West Indies are the favourite to win this crucial match.
Date and Time:
October 29, 2021 (Friday), 3:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Ground in Sharjah