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12:00 AM, December 20, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:18 AM, December 20, 2018

Do-or-die for Tigers

Bangladesh will desperately be looking to stage a comeback and keep their hopes in the series alive when they take on a spirited West Indies in the second match of the three-match T20I series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

The game is scheduled to begin from 5:00pm local time.

The hosts will also be looking to change their strategy from the first T20I in Sylhet, which ended in an eight-wicket hammering after the Tigers' batsmen looked to counterattack the short ball strategy from the Caribbean pacers.

It will be important for the Bangladesh batsmen to provide a solid start and lay the platform for others to cash in on, something that has often landed the Tigers in winning positions in T20Is.

All of the Tigers' top four, including skipper Shakib Al Hasan who scored a 43-ball 61, fell prey to the visitors' short-ball strategy. Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar were the others who fell while trying to attack short deliveries.

West Indies pacers Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell, who was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets in the first game, will once again play vital roles.

However, the Bangladesh think-tank are unlikely to make any changes to the playing eleven.

On the hand, the West Indies will be looking to seal the series following defeats in the Test and ODI series. But they will still be wary after losing a T20I series to Bangladesh at home earlier this year despite winning the first game.

The likes of skipper Carlos Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran will surely be pumped up after being picked up in the Indian Premier League auction for handsome sums while in-form Shai Hope will once again be expected to play his part.

The Mirpur pitch has always remained unpredictable and even the Tigers highest total of 193 for five against Sri Lanka earlier this year ended with Bangladesh on the losing side. The chilly conditions are expected to provide some assistance to seamers and the dew factor is also likely come into play, but it will be important to put up a formidable total on the board for a close match.

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