Time: March 18, 3:30 AM IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Runs come at a reasonable rate despite wickets falling at regular intervals at Bay Oval. The captains, however, have preferred to bat first here.
Probable XI for Bangladesh: Shamima Sultana (wk), Sharmin Akhter, Fargana Hoque, Nigar Sultana (c), Rumana Ahmed, Ritu Moni, Salma Khatun, Fahima Khatun, Nahida Akter, Jahanara Alam, Fariha Trisna
Probable XI for West Indies: Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight, Stafanie Taylor (c), Shemaine Campbelle (wk), Chedean Nation, Aaliyah Alleyne, Chinelle Henry, Shakera Selman, Karishma Ramharack, Shamilia Connell
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Hayley Matthews has scored the most runs (207), sniped up the joint-most wickets (6), and taken the most catches (6) for West Indies, accumulating fantasy points in all disciplines of the game.
Fargana Hoque has scored two fifties in three games – one of which was against the experienced bowling attack of New Zealand. Her role is to bat as long as possible, holding the innings together.
Stafanie Taylor finally struck form in the previous game against Australia. Although her fifty went in vain, the innings at least kept West Indies in the hunt. With 769 runs in 25 games, she is the highest run-scorer for West Indies in the World Cup.
Fahima Khatun received the Player of the Match award for her three-wicket haul in the historic win against Pakistan. Her leg-break was difficult to deal with in the middle-overs.
Nigar Sultana has been leading from the front for Bangladesh, consistently adding valuable runs in the middle-order. She has top scores of 46 and 29.
Anisa Mohammad is likely to be fit for the next game. She has taken 6 wickets at an impressive average of 24.
Although Rumana Ahmed has been ordinary with the bat, she has provided useful fantasy points with the ball (3 wickets) and in the field (3 catches).
The talented Sharmin Akhter has scores of 34 and 44 in the last two games. She likes dealing in boundaries, and on her day, she can thrash any bowling attack.
Deandra Dottin likes going all guns blazing, and this approach often carries an element of risk. She has the highest score of 150* in the format, but more often than not she does not convert her starts into big innings. For her all-round skills, however, she is a valuable pick in fantasy cricket.
It was Shemaine Campbelle 66 that helped West Indies beat the defending champions England. She, otherwise, has been inconsistent, throwing away good starts.
West Indies and Bangladesh haven’t met in the format yet. While West Indies have beaten the likes of New Zealand and England, Bangladesh are coming from an iconic win over Pakistan. Given the form and experience, West India has an upper hand.