Bangladesh to play 3rd ODI against England in Chittagong today
Chittagong, March 6: With the aim of avoiding a whitewash in the three-match ODI home series against the England, host Bangladesh will take on the visiting team in the third and final match of the series at the Zahoor Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong today. The match will start at 12 pm and T-Sports will broadcast it live.
In 2012, Bangladesh were last whitewashed by Pakistan in a three-match ODI series at home. Then in 2014, Bangladesh lost 2-0 to India in the three-match series.
Ever since that series against India, Bangladesh started improving in the ODI format. Apart from starting a streak of winning matches on foreign soil, they became unstoppable at home. Before this series against England, the Tigers had lost only 1 series in 2016. Coincidentally, Bangladesh once again lost the series to England. After winning the seven ODI series at home, the Tigers finally lost.
Although they have a habit of playing aggressive cricket, England won against Bangladesh in the first two matches by adapting to the conditions. In the first match, the English won by 3 wickets after handling the Bangladeshi spinners very well. England won the series by 132 runs in the second ODI.
The Chittagong venue has been a nightmare for Bangladesh in recent times, especially because of the slow pitch. Bangladesh lost by the second biggest margin in their ODI history at this venue just three months ago. They lost the match to India by 227 runs. Batting first, India scored 409 runs for 8 wickets. In reply, Bangladesh were bowled out for 182 runs.
The second match at Mirpur proved what England can do with the advantage on the batting pitch. That's why even though Chittagong's wicket is the same, Bangladesh's chances of avoiding a whitewash will be slim.
Before the third match Bangladesh spin bowling coach Rangana Herath said, "Being part of the losing team will not be pleasant but that is part of the match. We want to stand up as a strong team."
Live match update:
Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first. After 16 overs, Bangladesh have scored 67 for the loss of 2 wickets. Shanto (26 off 44 balls) and Mushfiqur Rahim (28 off 43 balls) are on the crese. England's Sam Curran took 2 wickets.