About the Match
After two close games, England will take on Bangladesh in the deciding ODI of the 3-match series at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong. The 3rd ODI will be played on Wednesday, 12th October at 8:30 AM GMT. Having a strong record of not losing a home series since 2014, Bangladesh were never going to be pushovers. Having said that, the hosts have punched well above their weight and have troubled England on most of the occasions. England, too, has done reasonably well despite not having the services of their regular skipper in Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales. England won the first game of the series by a narrow margin of 21 runs while Bangladesh prevailed over the visitors by 34 runs in the 2nd ODI. With a lot of drama happening in the 2nd ODI and series tied a 1-1, there will be a lot to watch out for in the 3rd ODI.
The hosts will be coming into the third ODI with a lot of confidence. They bounced back into the series with a commanding 34-run win despite scoring a modest total while batting first. They would have felt disappointed as they served the first ODI to England after being in the driver's seat. Things would not have looked so fascinating had skipper Mashrafe Mortaza not performed as he did.
After the hosts were 161 with six men back in the pavilion, they were struggling to reach even the 200-run mark. Mortaza came in and scored a quick-fire 29 ball 44 to rescue his team and take the total to 238. He carried his batting form to his bowling as he ran through English top-order making the tottering at 29 on the board with four wickets down. Earlier in the first game, Imrul Kayes scored a swashbuckling hundred to take his team closer to the victory ably supported by Shakib al Hasan who smashed a quick fifty.
Bangladesh has excluded Mosharraf Hossain and brought in Tajiul Islam for the 3rd ODI. All in all, Bangladesh is full of talent right from the top to bottom and as the record books suggest, they become even more dangerous while playing at home.
England will be looking to get things rolling as quickly as possible after their disastrous batting in the second ODI. They failed to chase a modest total of 238 despite the fact that they bat particularly deep. However, their bowling was much better than it was in first ODI which helped them restrict B'desh to a chasable score. Despite an excellent partnership of 79-runs, the visitors were left reeling at 159 for 9 with Adil Rashid and Jake Ball at the crease. Rashid and Ball took them within touching distance of a dramatic victory. However, Jake Ball was caught at deep extra cover with 35 still to get.
England has done reasonably well as far as their batting is concerned prior to this series. and they'd like to see this as a one-off failure. Jos Buttler has looked in terrific touch in both the ODIs with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow contributing as well. Ben Stokes hammered a controlled century in the first ODI and he'd be looking to repeat that sort of performance.
Looking at the way England have performed in the past, they are expected to bounce back strongly and hosts will surely have their work cut out.
With the series hanging in balance, this match is expected to be a thrilling encounter. Things got fiery after Jos Buttler was dismissed in the second ODI and during the handshake ceremony as well and it could well reflect on the field in the 3rd ODI setting the things to be even more exciting. We think that England has an experienced unit coupled with skills right through the lineup and they will just edge past the hosts on Wednesday.