“Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t you forget it. You’re going to get back on that horse, and I’m going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we’re gonna go, go, go!” — On Golden Pond, 1981.
Windies will be up against Bangladesh in their final match of the T20 series which could easily be dubbed, “The Whopper in Dhaka.”
In local Jamaican parlance, this last match is tantamount to a “Sound Clash” where DJs earned their stripe or street cred.
Of course, this will not be the first time Windies have found themselves in a winner takes all position against the Bangla Tigers.
Now, will Windies kick ass and turn around the series? Skeptics will cry boulder dash and resort to the line “I have seen this movie before.” However, the loyal Windies fans will expect, a take no prisoners or a no-holds-barred approach from their team.
The key man for the Tigers will be Shakib Al Hasan who is known for being one of the best all-rounders of all time. He also proved his worth by smashing a 26-ball 42* and taking his maiden T20I fifer to bring back Bangladesh into the series after their beat down by the Windies in the first T20 match. The Tigers will no doubt also continue to look to the likes of Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, and Mahmudllah to play their roles.
That said, Windies on their day can rise to any challenge and walk away with a crown when it matters most. However, to date, for the most part, only Shai Hope has consistently come to the party. Notwithstanding, the Windies has match-winners in the likes of Pooran, Hetmyer, Powell, Brathwaite, et al.
After all, Windies players are not in demand on the world market for cheap. So, referring to Windies players as match-winners is an understatement.
Conditions for the last match is reported to be similar to the second game; therefore, the make-up of the Windies team must be weighed carefully.
Additionally, the right call, on the spinning of the toss will offer the captain the advantage of choice — heavy dew is expected in the second half of the game.
What are some fans on caribbeancricket.com saying?
Thomas and Cottrel: To me, the whole T20 series is between these two and the Bangladesh openers and top order. The pitch is important…if it is too slow as the last one, they need to cut out giving width, bowling short and down the leg side…that worked for them in the first match. — analyst-kid
Perhaps I’m mistaken, but Thomas doesn’t appear to have many variations at this stage of his career. Thus, he tends to be somewhat ineffectual on slow wickets. If I were Carlos Braithwaite, I’d be tempted to use Thomas in 3 or 4 spells. Irrespective of the wicket, you would think he’d be dangerous to a new batsman at the crease. — Barbrady1
It might be a good idea to play Pierre in the next game since the pitch would be to a spinner’s favor. — Dayne
Windies (From): Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Darren Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Khary Pierre, Sherfane Rutherford, Denesh Ramdin, Kesrick Williams
Bangladesh (From): Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Abu Hider Rony, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Islam.
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