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Tigers take on India Wednesday eying whitewash


The suspense of Banglawash over cricket giant India intensifies as the hosts take on their neighbouring rival, with an advantage of historic 2-0 series victory, in the third and last ODI of the Za’n Zee Ice Cream Cricket Series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Wednesday.
The match will begin at 3:00pm Bangladesh time.
Earlier, the Tigers clinched the historic first-ever ODI series against two-time world champions India beating the visitors by six wickets in the second match at the same venue on Sunday following an emphatic 79-run victory in the first match of the series on Thursday (June 18).On the eve of the last battle of the series, Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin made a remarkable comment on Bangladesh new pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman’s ever-present threat.
“If there is no counter, then what can we do? Can we kidnap him?” R Ashwin said to ESPN.
Mustafizur Rahman’s five-for in the first match and six-for in the second match of the series set the graveyard for the visitors.
With his stunning performances, Mustafizur Rahman spurred Bangladesh to seal the series victory as well as to make the world record of 11-wicket haul in the career’s first two ODI matches, leapfrogging Zimbabwean bowler Brian Vittori’s 10 in first two ODIs.
If, his off-cutter helps him claim two wickets in the third match on Wednesday, Mustafizur can level the record of 13 wickets haul in a three-match ODI series, made by Australian pacer Ryan Harris against Pakistan in 2010.
A five-wicket haul can level the three successive five wickets haul, in three consecutive ODI match, record of Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis against New Zealand and West Indies in November 1990.
“It is possible to have a 3–0 and there is nothing to be exclaimed about it, this is a confident team who believe that they can win what they have excelled in this series,” said Bangladesh National team pace bowling coach Heath Streak.
Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said, “Cricket is all about a mind game, we are playing the fine cricket with our head in the right place…… we want to play and fight till the last ball and then it would be competitive for any team.”
Praising the team’s consistence performance, the captain said, “This team is consistent in its performance, attitude and this is the biggest difference with the previous team. I hope it will continue.”
Mashrafe wants to rely on his boys saying that the momentum is very important in cricket. “So hopefully boys will keep it up.”
Leg spinner Jubair Hossain was included in the Bangladesh squad for the third ODI. “He was taken to increase the bowling options,” said chief selector Faruque Ahmed.
Bangladesh squad (probable): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Kumar Das/Mominul Haque/Rony Talukdar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Rubel Hossain/Jubair Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed.
India squad (probable): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu/Ajinkya Rahane/Stuart Binny, Suresh Raina, Mahedra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel and Dhawal Kulkarni. – UNB


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