About the Match
After being on the receiving end for so many years, Bangladesh will be looking for a whitewash against their archrivals, Pakistan in the third and final One Day International of the series. The ODI is scheduled to be played at Dhaka on 22nd April. It may appear to be a dead rubber on paper, but a lot will be at stake when the two sides lock horns in the middle. Pakistan will be playing for their pride to regain some of the lost ground whereas Bangladesh will be going for an all-out attack to achieve their first ever series whitewash against Pakistan. The pitch is expected to play as it did for the earlier two games, meaning we are in for another run feast here. The weather forecast, however, suggests that rain can play spoilsport and Duckworth Lewis method might come into picture, therefore captains would be thinking to field first. Regardless of the outcome of the toss, this so called dead-rubber encounter will be fought hard and spectators are certainly in for a delight.
Although the Pakistani team is still in the rebuilding phase, they'll have a lot to ponder upon after consecutive losses in the first two games. Umar Gul is likely to replace Rahat Ali to provide much needed experience in the bowling department. Now that Hafeez is cleared to bowl, their bowling attack will now have more options and we might see Ajmal as the only specialist spinner. Sarfaraz Ahmed had a brilliant World Cup, but he has failed to deliver so far in this series. While the new comers in Saad Nasim and Mohammand Rizwan have batted well, or at least have shown glimpses of, Hafeez and Fawad Alam have completely disappointed. Pakistan have not even delivered even where they were expected to, that is, their bowling. Junaid Khan had been all over the whereas Saeed Ajmal seems a little rusty after his comeback with the modified action. A lot will depend on Pakistan's bowling,; if they are able to improve it substantially, they certainly stand with a realistic chance in this game.
With the second win of the series, the success fairy-tale of Bangladesh Cricket has extended to another game. They were fantastic in all departments of the game and their clinical victories in the earlier two games testify this fact. Tamim Iqbal has been instrumental in their success in series as he smashed two back to back hundreds in the first couple of games. Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib al Hasan have managed to give their innings a fitting finish whenever they've got a chance in the series. Shakib al Hasan has delivered with the bowl as well and has both stopped the flow of runs and pick important wickets in the middle overs. While the middle order has relished upon the platform set by the openers, the late order haven't been tested yet. Bangladesh has outperformed Pakistan in both of the first two games of the series. They'd have to keep the spirits up and make the use of the momentum to go for the knockout punch and win the series 3-0.
The teams have had contrasting little series so far; while the hosts have enjoyed batting and feasted on the flat decks, the visitors have had a woeful run. The visitors will be looking to end the ODI series on a high and for that to happen, they'd have to play out of their skins. Once again I see Bangladesh emerging on top and taking the series 3-0 for the first time against Pakistan.
Bangladesh, 2.75 @ Bet365