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West Indies vs Bangladesh 1st ODI: FPJ’s dream XI for West Indies and Bangladesh

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After thrashing Bangladesh in the longest format, host West Indies will host Bangla tigers in the 3-match ODI series. West Indies last hosted Bangladesh in an ODI in 2014. The host last featured in an ODI in March 2018 during the ICC WC Qualifier where they beat every other team they faced except Afghanistan. Meanwhile, West Indies are now coming out with the test series victory which will give them confidence and moral boost. Their batting strength resides mainly on Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, who are one of the most devastating opening pairs in the format. With the ball, skipper Jason Holder topped the wickets charts in the test series with 16 wickets. Here are the probable dream XI for the hosts:

West Indies: Jason Holder, Chris Gayle, Ashley Nurse, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Devendra Bishoo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, Rovman Powell, Alzarri Joseph and Andre Russell.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, has a different story. The visitors have been outplayed in all three facets of the game and they have not been able to push Caribbean men at all in test series. The Bangla tigers failed to perform against a lethal West Indies bowling attack. Now, coming into ODIs, the return of skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is a big boost for the team. With the bat, Tamim Iqbal is the leading run-getter. The team will also have a lot of expectations from all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who is their second-best batsmen in this format. Here we see the probable dream XI for the Bangla tigers:


Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza, Abu Hider Rony, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim.