What: Bangladesh v New Zealand
When: Sunday, Nov 3, 03:15 a.m. GMT
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt and wkt), Mahmud Ullah (vice-captain), Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Muminul Hoque, Naeem Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam, Ziaur Rahman, Shamsur Rahman
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (capt and wkt), Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson
Unfortunately from a neutral’s point of view, this three-match one-day international (ODI) series between the ninth and eight-ranked ODI sides in the world has already been decided, with the hosts currently 2-0 up after victories in the opening two contests in Dhaka.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s men won the opening encounter by 43 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method, thanks to a 154-run partnership for the fourth wicket between the skipper, who made 90 (see video below) and Naeem Islam that helped the home side post a competitive 265 all out.
Thanks to career-best ODI figures of six for 26 from medium-pacer Rubel Hossain—including a stunning hat-trick (see video below)—the Black Caps were skittled for just 162 in reply, despite a valiant knock of 71 from No. 3 Grant Elliott.
The hosts then wrapped up the series on Thursday after another impressive all-round display in the capital.
On that occasion, big-hitting opener Tamim Iqbal led the way with 58 at the top of the order as Bangladesh set the tourists 248 to keep the series alive, largely thanks to another impressive spell of bowling from new boy James Neesham, who followed up his four-wicket haul in the first game by grabbing another four with his innocuous dibbly dobblers.
However, in the end, the Kiwis fell 40 runs short of their victory target, man-of-the-match Sohag Gazi doing most of the damage by returning impressive figures of three for 34 with the ball.
Bangladesh: As always with the home side, the left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal can have a huge bearing on just how well the rest of the batting lineup performs.
The 24-year-old, who will be featuring in his 125th ODI for his country on Sunday, can take a game away from the opposition with the bat in next to no time, in a similar way to West Indies’ Chris Gayle.
As Bangladesh’s only really world-class performer in the side with either bat or ball, in the absence of captain and key all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim’s importance to his team’s chances of success cannot be overstated.
New Zealand: If the Black Caps are to come away with a consolation win in the third and final ODI at Fatullah on Sunday, then you get the distinct feeling that experienced middle-order batsman Ross Taylor will need to come to the fore with a match-winning innings.
The 29-year-old top-scored for the tourists with 45 from 82 balls in their loss in the second match, while making just eight in the opening game, but as the most accomplished of his side’s batsmen—as well as the best player of spin bowling, too—a huge amount will rest on the broad shoulders of the former Kiwi skipper.
Weather: Expecting a low of 20 degrees Celsius and a high of 28 degrees Celsius (information from Viewweather).
Pitch: Amazingly the last international to be staged at Fatullah was all of seven years ago, shortly after the ground had been given clearance by the International Cricket Council to stage matches. Australia thrashed their hosts by nine wickets inside 23 overs as Bangladesh were rolled over for just 124 after winning the toss, with left-arm chinaman Brad Hogg taking three for 17.