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The good news is that we don’t have to wait long for the decider. The 2nd T20I left me, and surely many others, wanting more, and hopefully the 3rd T20I doesn’t disappoint!

West Indies had the opportunity to seal the series on Saturday, but did all the little things wrong. Bangladesh were happy to offer gifts in the powerplay once again, but the Windies couldn’t capitalise, highlighted mostly by Rovman Powell’s dropped sitter off Tamim when was on 47. It proved to be very costly, with Tamim and Shakib propelling Bangladesh to 171, which was then followed by a batting implosion. Much better is required in the deciding T20I.

Bangladesh, with their big follower base in America right behind them, kept the series alive with their first T20I win in their last six attempts. A concern, as is often the case in recent times, is that Shakib and Tamim were again at the core of everything that went well for Bangladesh with the bat. The bowling was good, though, picking up wickets at regular intervals to halt West Indies’ progress. More of the same is the name of the game in the decider.

Key to a West Indies win

West Indies channeled their inner Bangladesh, deciding to either block or try hit everything out of America in the opening six overs. They lost too many wickets, and were always chasing the game as a result. Can they get more out of the top order, thanks to better rotation of the strike?
Also, the wickets of Tamim and Shakib are gold. Those two are also the key to keeping the passionate Bangladesh fans in check, and take control of the game. Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah are key, too, but if West Indies keep the “main four” in check, who else can step up for Bangladesh? 
I believe that is the train of thought required for West Indies to win this one.

Key to a Bangladesh win

What will happen in life after Shakib, Tamim and co? Who else will step up for Bangladesh with the bat? 
Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar continue to mostly underwhelm, so again a lot depends on Tamim and Shakib, along with Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah, to perform. Can at least two of these four play the role of “backbone of the innings” well enough to get another strong total on the board? Of course, like West Indies, Bangladesh need to improve their powerplay, to reduce the pressure for later in the innings.
Also, the inclusion of Abu Hider was a masterstroke by Bangladesh in the 2nd T20I, and the Tigers will again be keen to get wickets regularly to halt the Windies’ big hitting capabilities. Can the spinners lead the way again, after Shakib and Nazmul finished with 5/47 combined in eight overs in the 2nd T20I?

Possible teams

Skipper Carlos Brathwaite spoke pretty passionately about wanting to find the intensity of the first game. That gives me the feeling the same team will be given another chance to perform.
West Indies possible XI: 1. Andre Fletcher, 2. Evin Lewis, 3. Marlon Samuels, 4. Andre Russell, 5. Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6. Rovman Powell, 7. Carlos Brathwaite (c), 8. Keemo Paul, 9. Ashley Nurse, 10. Samuel Badree, 11. Kesrick Williams
For Bangladesh, does Soumya Sarkar get another chance? He looks to be struggling plenty at the moment, so he could be replaced.
Bangladesh possible XI: 1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Liton Das, 3. Soumya Sarkar, 4. Shakib Al Hasan (c), 5. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Ariful Haque, 8. Nazmul Islam, 9. Abu Hider, 10. Rubel Hossain, 11. Mustafizur Rahman

Stats and Facts

  • Bangladesh have won just one three match T20I series – vs. Ireland in 2012.
  • Saturday’s loss at Lauderhill was West Indies’ first at the venue.
  • Bangladesh’s win in the 2nd T20I broke a five game losing streak.

Prediction

My heart says Bangladesh can do it, but my head leans towards a West Indies fightback.
Should be a good watch! Thanks for reading.

Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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