Preview - BAN vs ENG - 3rd ODI.
Players and people will be hoping that the rain does not play a spoilsport in the 3rd ODI between Bangladesh and England in Chittagong. The reason is perhaps same for both the players and the people. The series is parked 1-1 at the moment with only one match to go. If the players want to win that match to grab the series, people want to watch that happen.
A win for Bangladesh will make them the first team to win seven bilateral series in a row at home. With all that has happened in the last match, the ultimate match of the series is worth watching.
The hosts will be counting on their openers, big time! Whether they set a target or chase it, at least one out of Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes will have to play a big one in this crucial match. Not only them, the onus will also lie on Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudullah. The top order has the potential, conversion of it into performance is what they will be looking at. Out-of-form wicket-keeper, Mushfiqur Rahim will also be itching to get some runs in front of his name. The lower order will not rescue the Tigers every time.
|Ben Stokes and Tamim Iqbal had a go at each other at the end of the 2nd ODI.|
Whether Taijul Islam will be included in the playing eleven at the expense of changing the winning combination still remains a question unanswered.
A lot was expected of James Vince before the start of the English summer. The 25-year old right-hand batsman has somehow not done justice to his talent in both Test cricket and ODIs till now. Will Sam Billings and Liam Dawson in the reserves, he is all set to be replaced for the final ODI. Ben Duckett might well get the chance to open the batting alongside Jason Roy. Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and the skipper, Jos Buttler, form the core of this batting line-up. A lot will depend on as to how they will bat in the alien sub-continent conditions.
No matter England win or lose this series, Jake Ball will remain the find of the series for them. A lot of eyes will certainly be on him.
With Sabbir Rahman being handed three demerit points, the discipline is expected to be of the required level in this match. Unlike Pakistan, India and South Africa, will England be able to restrict the winning spree of Bangladesh in their own den with all the emotions coming up will be enthralling to see!