Thursday, December 14, 2017


Windies want to end Bangladesh tour on a high


TIMBER!: West Indies wicket-keeper Devon Thomas, centre, and slip fielder Chris Gayle, right, watch on as Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah is bowled by Sunil Narine during Saturday's two-wicket loss to the hosts at Dhaka. The teams play a one-off Twenty20 today at Mirpur in the final match of the tour. —Photo: WICB MEDIA

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The West Indies are looking to finish off their tour of Bangladesh on a high with victory in their final outing, the one-off Twenty 20 today at Mirpur.

The visitors will have special motivation to win after losing the One Day International series when they were edged out by Bangladesh by two wickets in the final ODI.The Windies trailed 2-0 after two big losses against the hosts, but fought back to tie the series 2-2 and set up a decider.

The West Indies, who also won the two-match Test series 2-0 on this tour, also have pride at stake as the holders of the ICC World Twenty20 title, which they won in October.

After his side lost the final ODI on Saturday, West Indies captain Darren Sammy is hoping for a strong finish to end the tour on a positive note.

"This has been a good year for us," Sammy said after the match. "We won four Tests in a row and the T20 World Cup. We would have loved to win this series but we didn't. When we look back at this year, I wouldn't say it is a step backward. We played as well as we could. [Today] would be our last international this year and we will look to finish on a high."

Bangladesh too are looking to end on a good note after the ODI successes, and have included West Indies' tormentor Sohag Gazi to their T20 squad.

Offspinner Gazi, who claimed Man-of-the-Match awards on Test and ODI debut during this tour, has been named in the hosts' 14-man squad. Batsmen, opener Anamul Haque—who scored a century against West Indies on debut— and Mominul Haque—who helped Bangladesh to victory in the decisive ODI, have made the squad too. Both players had debuts during the ODI series.

The fourth among Bangladesh's debutants, Abul Hasan, who scored a century from No. 10 in the Khulna Test, is the only newcomer to miss out: he is yet to recover from the side strain he suffered in the second ODI in Khulna. The injured Shakib Al Hasan, who was advised six weeks rest due to a shin injury, expectedly was not picked.

Batsmen Mohammad Ashraful and Junaid Siddique, and allrounder Farhad Reza, who were part of the squad that played the World Twenty20, were not named in this squad.

This year, Bangladesh played their most Twenty20s, winning four out of eight games. The match against West Indies is set to be played in Mirpur on December 10.