Bangladesh v Australia, 3rd ODI, Mirpur April 12, 2011

Bangladesh hope to regain some pride


Match Facts

April 13, Dhaka
Start time 2pm (0800 GMT)

The Big Picture

The series has been decided, and with one match remaining before Australia enter hibernation mode for the winter, they have one last opportunity to experiment. James Pattinson, the Victorian fast bowler and brother of England's one-Test wonder Darren, is with the squad and this would be the perfect time to hand him his debut. Cameron White was dropped for the second match and given that Callum Ferguson didn't get to bat on Monday, there is no reason to expect that White will regain his position on Wednesday. And Tim Paine is on the sidelines as well; he could come in as a specialist batsman, having spent the whole World Cup and the first two games of this tour watching from the dressing rooms.

Bangladesh simply need to regain some pride after being assaulted with a deadly weapon - Shane Watson's bat. His unbeaten 185 featured 15 sixes and 15 fours, and broke all sorts of records, and the hosts must hope it hasn't done irreparable damage to the confidence of the Bangladesh bowlers. Suhrawadi Shuvo, the left-arm spinner, won't want to see Watson again after he was smashed for four consecutive sixes, and finished with 0 for 46 from three overs. Bangladesh might not win this third match, but even a competitive performance after being soundly beaten in the first two games would be an achievement.

Form guide

(most recent first)
Bangladesh LLLWW
Australia WWLLW

Watch out for...

While Bangladesh have struggled to compete with Australia, Mushfiqur Rahim has quietly gone about his business and only Shane Watson has scored more runs in the series than his 125. Add to that the fact that Rahim has not yet been dismissed, and he is one Bangladesh player who can hold his head very high after the opening two games. If only he could get a little support.

His fellow wicketkeeper Brad Haddin hasn't enjoyed the same results this series. He made 10 in the first match and 8 in the second, and worryingly for Australia on both occasions he was out walking down the pitch. Perhaps he is losing concentration at the end of a long summer, but Haddin would certainly like to finish the series on a high, personally.

Team news

The time is right for James Pattinson to make his debut, and with the series decided it could be any number of men who sit out to allow the young Victorian to play. Perhaps Mitchell Johnson could be rested, or if the selectors want to attack Bangladesh with pace, Xavier Doherty may make way. Tim Paine could be given a chance as well, although whether he would keep wickets or be included as a specialist batsman remains to be seen.

Australia (possible) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Callum Ferguson, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Steve Smith, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 John Hastings, 10 Brett Lee, 11 Xavier Doherty/James Pattinson.

It seems pointless for Bangladesh to take in the same XI after the thrashing on Monday, but who makes way is anyone's guess. Raqibul Hasan has offered little during this series, and Alok Kapali would be the logical swap for him, unless they want to blood the young uncapped batsman Shuvagoto Hom. Including Rubel Hossain didn't work on Monday, so Mashrafe Mortaza could be back in the mix.

Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Shahriar Nafees, 4 Alok Kapali/Shuvagoto Hom, 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Suhrawadi Shuvo, 9 Shafiul Islam, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Mashrafe Mortaza.

Pitch and conditions

Both teams know the conditions well after playing two matches at the venue within three days. However, the third match is the only day-night contest in the series, which could make dew a factor as the evening goes on. The forecast for Wednesday is sunny with a top of 35C.

Stats and trivia

  • Shane Watson broke all kinds of records on Monday, including the greatest strike-rate among all 150-plus innings in ODI history.

  • Suhrawadi Shuvo's figures of 3-0-46-0 on Monday gave him the third-worst economy rate of all time in an ODI, among bowlers who have sent down at least three overs in an innings. Dolar Mahmud holds the record with 3-0-49-0 against Sri Lanka in 2008, and Sreesanth is second with 3-0-48-0, also against Sri Lanka in 2008.

  • If Bangladesh happen to win the final match, they will jump above West Indies on the ODI rankings


"It would be best if we don't think about this Watson innings and instead think about continuing our batting positives."
Shahriar Nafees wants Bangladesh to refocus

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mushtanda on April 14, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    "IND won their first WC just 12 yrs after the birth of ODI cricket in 1971 !"

    Touche! No more flawed arguments about India playing 50 years of cricket before winning their first WC necessary. ODIs didn;t exist before 1971!

  • dummy4fb on April 13, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    @all indian ppl. : some of your comment are just envious and out of reason, sometimes you prove that india is far more worse team in 2007 bcoz they didn't go in 2nd round on that world cup. So a number 9-12 no. team of 2007 got this WC, why not BD in next? Indian team is so much mean that they never host BD in their land though they got a lot of chance to playing in BD. What is they are afraid that BD team can beat them in their land. If you want proof then host BD team in India, I'm sure that BD team will surely beat India in their land.

  • dummy4fb on April 13, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Smith at 7 scores 1. Promoted to 2 down scores 5. This too against Bangladesh. Can anyone tell me who in Aussie cricket is accountable for on your team selections and batting order related decisions ? This guy seem to have had quite a free run !!!

  • RakeshDash on April 13, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    ....and the Onslaught started...:)

  • dummy4fb on April 13, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    All the best to both the teams. It would be treat to watch Tamim and Shakib to get going. Shakib today is one of the best allrounder in recent times. Hi all Indian brothers, give some time to Bangladesh to come up. They have the potential but just that it seems Bangladesh Team is not playing as one Team, one unit. Tamim scoring centuries in England was really good achievement. And yes, Ireland must not have been banned altogether in 2015 world cup. They really showed their talent in 2011 world cup.

  • dummy4fb on April 13, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi & I cant find any reason for this fighting between Bangladeshi, Indian & Irish fans.Ireland is a very good team. I love the passion and belief with which they play & have some w.class players! They are not weaker than Bangladesh but are also not way ahead of us.I was very disgusted by the ICC's decission to keep them out of 2015 WC beecause we were associates too and playing WC was the biggest motivation for the team and for the nation.And the game will never prosper if it is limited to few nations. Even we B.deshis agree that test status was at least 5 years premature.But I think it is wrong to place Bangladesh and Ireland as enemies and spread hatred against Bangladesh Cricket. Many Bangladeshis admire the Irish team for their spririt. If Bangladesh cricket is not where it should be today, its not the players' fault only, & even the Irish board should take note .And all I want to say to Indian fans that, Guys! You just won the WC! Why bother commenting here??

  • Karthik_Runja on April 13, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    If we not forget recently Bangladesh made a statement saying we will target the new Australia captain Micheal Clarke..... But they badly failed because of Shane watson..... Please dont forget Ponting is still in the Squad... So forget about the Aussie startergies and just concentrate on the Game.

  • ashuloyal on April 13, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    It is for BD fans- Dude every day is not going to be Sunday for watto!!!! So cheer for your team....they will surely bounce back....

  • dummy4fb on April 13, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    An Indian.... and I am surprised to see the Indian fans here forgetting that it was Bangladesh (along with SL) who knocked us out of the 2007 world cup. (There is no such thing as an upset.. you either win or lose). We all know that Bangladesh is not there yet but not too far behind either. So teams like Zim, Ireland, Bangladesh and others must be encouraged consistently for a longer period of time, if Cricket as a sport is to grow. Otherwise what fun it is to win a world cup.. when India's population is 4X the population of all other top cricketing nations combined.

  • papi11on on April 13, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    I understand that Bangladesh fans want their team to do well and I respect their love for the game. But, they need to understand that the team is still evolving and it will be a long time before Bangladesh can really compete with test playing nations. Note that their wins over test playing nations in worldcups(Ind, Eng) are exceptions and they have a very poor record against test playing nations in all forms of the game. If they refuse to acccept it, you get 'over the top' reactions like stoning the bus and what not.

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