Tigers looking forward to restore lost pride against Black Caps
Dhaka: Bangladesh will face New Zealand in the third one-day international of the three-match series at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Saturday.
The dead rubber ODI match will begin at 4:00am, Bangladesh time.
After losing the series, Bangladesh are looking to restore their lost pride as they face hosts Black Caps in the last ODI.
New Zealand must aim to whitewash the visiting side following their series victory by 2-0 margin. The Blackcaps thrash the Tigers by 77-run in the first ODI while by 67-run in the second game.
The Tigers have to showed good batting and bowling efforts, which made contributions separately in the first two games.
While the batting sparkled in bits in the first game chasing 342, it completely disintegrated in the second chasing 252.
Their bowling did a fine job in the second match, with the captain Mashrafe Mortaza leading the way, bouncing back after conceding 341 in the first.
If the Tigers able to deliver in all three departments in the final game, Bangladesh should threaten New Zealand. If one of these fail again, the home side will comfortably win series 3-0.
On the other hand, despite clinching the series with a 67-run win in the second game, New Zealand wouldn't want to spoil their unbeaten record at home against Bangladesh.
By bringing offspinner Jeetan Patel into the squad for the third ODI, they showed they are being far from complacent. Bangladesh, meanwhile, will be desperate to win and end the year in a reasonable mood, given how they were outperformed in the first two games.
Patel has taken 129 List-A wickets at 25.29, for Warwickshire and Wellington, since his last ODI in 2009. On the sluggish Nelson pitch, he should be a handful for the Bangladesh left-hand batsmen, who have already struggled against the part-time offspin of Kane Williamson.
New Zealand will be without Trent Boult, who took two wickets in the second game, but they would bank on Tim Southee and the rest of the bowlers to bring home a series whitewash. But, given the slower conditions, there will be demands placed on their batsmen, who haven't fully delivered.
Hundreds from Tom Latham and Neil Broom made sure that they didn't lose their way completely in the first two games, but their runs also papered over the cracks in the batting line-up.
There may not be changes to the pace bowling line-up for Bangladesh, but given their performance in the first two ODIs, Mehedi Hasan could replace debutant Tanbir Hayder.
It might look like a rash decision to drop someone after just one game, but it is a possibility.
There can be one change in Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s side with the inclusion of Mehedi Hasan replacing Tanbir Hayder who made his debut in the 2nd ODI for Bangladesh.
There is one change also in the New Zealand eleven. Right-arm off-break bowler Jeetan Patel will replace Left-arm pacer Trent Boult, who will go for rest in the last match. Meanwhile, it is still difficult for them to find space for Colin de Grandhomme in the XI, as James Neesham, Colin Munro and Lockie Ferguson have been performing well.
Bangladesh squad (probable): Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah Riyad, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Tanbir Hayder, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Subashis Roy and Taskin Ahmed
New Zealand squad (probable): Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (captain), Neil Broom, James Neesham, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Jeetan Patel, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson.