West Indies vs Bangladesh 3rd T20i: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Betting Tips WI vs BAN 3rd T20i
- If Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan bat well Bangladesh would count on their chances to win the game.
- Bangladesh spinners led by Shakib are expected to play a major role in deciding the outcome of the contest.
- West Indies have more firepower in their batting line-up and if Andre Russell and Andre Fletcher fire they would win the contest easily.
- Bangladesh is dependent on their top order to earn them a win and this is often their greatest weakness.
- The small size of the ground would suit the West Indian side more with their big hitters than the visitors.
Our Prediction: It will be a close game but West Indies are likely to win
The three-match T20 series stands 1-1 after Bangladesh came back strongly in the second game at Florida. They were outplayed in the first game and few would have expected them to come back. It was a cracker of a contest and West Indies were in the game till the very last over. As it happens in most cases Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan fired and the Bangladeshi side won. West Indies were a bit too complacent in the second game as was pointed out by their captain after the match. All this has made the third game a ‘winner-takes-it-all’ contest where the Bangla tigers having smelt blood would put in everything and the West Indian side, the kings of T20 contest won’t let it go. The crowd at Florida will surely expect some fireworks in the last game of this tour.
Bangladesh’s wins aren’t termed as ‘upsets’ anymore. They finally have a unit that is capable of pulling off a win against the strongest opposition. Their dependence on a few starts such as Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman is understandable for a side that is still growing as a team. When they deliver Bangladesh emerges victorious. The form of Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar would be a bit of concern for the skipper Shakib but they do have a unit which is capable of taking on the West Indian side as a total unit. What they lack in man-to-man firepower they make it up with a well-gelled side.
If there is something that Bangladesh would worry about from the last game it would be Mustafizur Rahman’s bowling. It isn’t every day that that the main strike bowler goes for 50 in 4 overs and the team still emerges victorious. It was Shakib’s bowling and that of Abu Hider Rony that helped Bangladesh restrict the Windies side to 159. At half time the hosts were expected to run over the score of 171 with the kind of batting-line up that they have. While they escaped with two dropped catches in the last game with the Skipper himself guilty of one in this format very few things can afford to do this especially against the West Indies. All in all Bangladesh combined well as a team in the last game and would be hoping to carry the same forward in the next game.
On paper they are a much better side than Bangladesh even without the services of Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine but in this format there is no room for complacency. They paid the price in the last game and would definitely not like to repeat the mistakes again. If the team strength is a subject of debate Evin Lewis, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels and Andre Fletcher are some of the best players in this format and this is understandable by their performance in T20 franchise cricket. Russell and Samuels fired in the first game and Fletcher in the second. Lewis who was out cheaply in both the games would like to make amends in the final encounter. When you have Rovman Powell and skipper Carlos Brathwaite at 6 and 7 it talks a lot about their batting strength.
It was the West Indian bowling that let them down in the second game. Agreed that the ground had small boundaries but none of the bowlers other than Ashley Nurse looked like troubling the opposition batsmen despite the fact that they picked up wickets at regular intervals. He had done so even in the first game where Brathwaite and Russell too had done well. It was letting off Tamim in the 13th over that cost West Indies the match and they would have to tighten up their fielding. What the hosts can least afford to do is take the opposition lightly as they did in the previous encounter where most of the batsmen got out to poor shots rather than high quality bowling and their captain would be hopeful of ticking the right boxes in the series decider.
When it stands 1-1 in a T20 series there is little to choose between the two sides but given that West Indies are a better side and nearly came close to winning the second game, here at BettingTop10 we would go with the West Indian side to win the last game and take the series 2-1.