Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Match 23: Bangladesh v West Indies

Ed Hawkins

Saturday, June 15, 2019 7:43 PM UTC

Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019 7:43 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says the Tigers can roar against a disappointing West Indies outfit on Monday

<div><h2><strong>Bangladesh v West Indies</strong></h2><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Monday 17th June<br />​</a>​​​​​​</strong><br />Bangladesh are still in with an outside chance of qualification for the semi-finals but this game looks pretty must-win. At some stage they are going to have to add to their scalp of <a href="" target="_blank">South Africa at the start of the tournament</a>.</p><p>And we’re happy to be with them at decent odds. <a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Betfair</a> goes 2/1 (3.0) and they are out on the own with such a view. The chief reason for the wager is we think that the West Indies have been the most overrated – perhaps overindulged – team of the tournament.</p><p>A lot of fans and pundits want, desperately, for West Indies to do well because a thriving islands team reflects well on the health of the sport. They’re also keen for West Indies to hark back to the glory days of the eighties and nineties.</p><p>When the Windies razed Pakistan in their first outing to have the game won by lunchtime, the hype machine whirred into action. It had smoke coming off it when they had half of the Australia team back in the hutch for 70-odd. But they were exposed by the Aussies as one-dimensional, eventually, at Trent Bridge. They had no plan b with the ball and no plan b with the bat.</p><p>West Indies are one-dimensional. They bowl short and sharp at batsmen. And it could well work again in this contest. But, generally, a team needs variation in its bowling across 50 overs and we haven’t seen that. They didn’t even pick a spinner in their hammering against England. With the bat they are overly-reliant on batsmen who seem to be trying to hit it into the car park every other ball. There’s no nuance there.</p><p>Nor did there seem anything remotely funny about Chris Gayle’s tomfoolery when bowling in that England defeat. He played the circus clown, which was fine if it was the Windies who were cruising to victory but not when they were being humiliated.</p><p>Bangladesh are a tough, competitive unit who have more than one dimension. They can do it all with the bat – Shakib Hasan is having a sensational tournament - and ball and, simply, are a better all-round team.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Best Tips for the Match: Bangladesh 2/1 Betfair</strong></a></p></div>
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