West Indies and Bangladesh will look to get their campaign back on track when they meet in a Cricket World Cup fixture at the Taunton County Ground here on Monday.
The bowling succumbed to the pressure applied by England in Cardiff and failed to create enough wicket-taking opportunities, conceding 386 runs. Mashrafe Mortaza will hope for a much-improved performance against a powerful Windies line-up. While playing conditions in Taunton favour West Indies more, Bangladesh would draw confidence from its success over Holder’s men in recent times.
With both teams sitting at the bottom half of the table, there is little room for complacency in the all-important fixture. After a mediocre performance against England, wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope will strive to deliver the goods. He averages a staggering 94.57 against Bangladesh, almost twice his overall career average of 49.72.
West Indies, which lost to Australia and England due to lack of partnerships with the bat, needs someone to play a long innings and there is no one better than the 25-year-old to do it for the Caribbean. Mushfiqur Rahim, along with Shakib, laid the foundation for Bangladesh’s win over South Africa with a steady 78.
Mushfiqur, who has scored five half-centuries in his last ten outings against West Indies, will aim for a big innings. With the sun expected to stay out for most part, and the boundaries at Taunton featuring short dimensions, a high-scoring game could be on the cards.