West Indies tour of Bangladesh
Batting-friendly pitch in practice game leaves Powell confused
|| CF Correspondent ||
Despite getting a good batting pitch in the practice match, West Indies are not taking anything for granted as they believe that the pitch for the three-match ODI series will be spin-friendly like it was in the Test series.
West Indies though lost the practice game by 51 runs as per D/L method against a high-profile BCB XI side. However, they could be satisfied with the fact that they ended up scoring 331 for eight after a miserable batting show in Test series.
Such a good batting pitch has certainly made West Indies captain for the ODI series, Rovman Powell, suspicious over Bangladesh’s strategy for the ODI pitch. However he maintained the idea that the pitch would be spin-favourable at the end.
“Yes, the pitch was good. It’s a good one-day wicket. Bangladesh’s strength is spin but they put in a pretty good wicket just before the first game, that’s something to think about,” Powell said after the practice game at BKSP on Thursday.
“Definitely not,” he said when asked whether he expected a batting pitch in ODI series. “Just like the Test games, we believe that pitch will be spin here. But it was not spinning much. It was a good wicket.”
Powell said despite losing the game, they have some positive things to take from the game.
“I think it was a good game. Unfortunately we didn’t come up and was disappointed but we had a lot of positives to take before the first game.”
He also reserved some praise for Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal who propped up in the game with a blazing hundred in a practice match that was his first competitive cricket after being injured during the Asia Cup in Dubai.
‘I think it was a pretty good innings. Getting hundred at any time and any wicket is really good. It was a pretty good innings from my stand point.”