Bangladesh v West Indies 3rd ODI live at Dhaka
Bangladesh are one step away from creating history of sorts as they look to wrap up the ODI series against West Indies. The third ODI will be played on Wednesday in Dhaka after the hosts won the first two matches in Khulna.
The second ODI ended with Bangladesh recording their biggest win in ODI history, and considering it came against a test playing nation, the joy was sweeter.
There is a sense of celebration already doing rounds in Dhaka as anticipation builds. Bangladesh previously blanked New Zealand 4-0 last year and comparisons are being drawn thick and fast with the current series.
West Indies will be pained by the ease with which they have been defeated - rather embarrassed in the second ODI. The bowlers have looked out of control against young and unseen Bangladesh talent.
The batsmen have paid the price for a confused strategy and self-centered game play. The batting woes are not singular either.
Chris Gayle, who is always expected to pile on the runs, has failed but so has his opening partner Lendl Simmons who has not scored a half century in more than a year. And despite the likes of Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo in the middle order, the team has faltered badly.
Bangladesh realize that their moment of celebration has not come just yet. Their own unpredictability makes them vulnerable to doubt in their own ability.
But this doubtfulness has not been seen in the first two ODIs and the management will be keen on carrying on the momentum. Anamul Haque - who would not be in the team had it not been for Shakib al Hasan’s injury - scored a century in just his second ODI in a fear free batting display. Shakib has been ruled out of the series while Abul Hasan is also out injured.
The day night match will start at 2.30pm local time.
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