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Bangladesh v West Indies preview

Bangladesh and West Indies face each other in Dhaka on Tuesday knowing they both face a major test of their mettle at the ICC World Twenty20.

For hosts Bangladesh, in front of their adoringly partisan home supporters, time is short to restate credentials after an "alarming" defeat against Hong Kong in their final qualifying match.

For the champions, meanwhile, the occasion will be even more critical - because after defeat against India on Sunday, the defence of their title will surely be short indeed if they cannot bounce back immediately.

The significant consolation for Bangladesh, during and after their hapless setback in Chittagong last week, was that they had done enough already to ensure they claimed their expected place in the second stage alongside fellow Test-playing nations.

There was little else to cheer them, however, as their batting folded to 108 all out against unheralded Hong Kong - and then 40-year-old number seven Munir Dar sealed the deal for the minnows.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim knows it was nowhere near good enough.

"Even though we had played badly during the Asia Cup and the Sri Lanka series, I didn't expect it to be so bad (against Hong Kong)," said the diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman.

"It is alarming. The only message to the team is that we have nothing to lose, so we better give 200 per cent."

West Indies need urgent and major improvement too, after their batting let them down against India on Sunday.

Captain Darren Sammy is nonetheless still confident.

"It is no need for us to panic," he said.

"We have three more first-round games to go and we back ourselves to win all three and reach the semi-finals."