Bangladesh v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Fatullah November 2, 2013

McCullum ruled out as NZ aim to prevent whitewash


Match facts

November 3, 2013
Start time 0915 local (0315 GMT)

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Bangladesh don't often go into the final match of a series with victory already secured. They are usually on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline, or as it has happened in six contests against higher-ranked sides, it is 1-1. This scoreline, however, is just one of several things that's different about this series against New Zealand.

After drawing the Tests 0-0, Bangladesh have dominated New Zealand completely in the limited-overs games. They have played with an inner strength drawn from becoming a team of performers, rather than depending on one or two to do the job.

Naeem Islam, a last-minute replacement for Shakib Al Hasan in the first ODI, struck 84 and had an important partnership with his captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored 90, his first half-century in nine ODI innings. During the defence, Rubel Hossain stunned New Zealand by taking a hat-trick and a six-wicket haul.

In the second ODI, Tamim Iqbal scored a fifty but when Bangladesh were beginning to slip, Sohag Gazi and Mahmudullah took them to 247, giving the bowlers a fighting chance. This time Mashrafe Mortaza stepped up. Playing an international series after nearly a year on the sidelines because of a heel injury, Mortaza moved the ball significantly and ensured New Zealand had a poor start. Gazi and Abdur Razzak maintained pressure and Bangladesh took the series with a game in hand.

Apart from an in-form Bangladesh unit and the absence of Brendon McCullum, out due to a sore back, New Zealand will have to contend with a questionable playing surface as well in the final ODI. The Fatullah Cricket Stadium has been renovated, and the pitches have been relaid. Several batsmen have complained of very low bounce during the Dhaka Premier League. The average first-innings score in the domestic one-day tournament is 195; in the second innings it is 157.

Public interest in this game is so high that when hundreds of fans were denied tickets at a local ticketing booth in Narayanganj near Fatullah, they fought with police and 30 people were injured.

Form guide

Bangladesh WWLLW (last five matches, most recent first)
New Zealand LLLWL

Watch out for

Tamim Iqbal has shown he can bat aggressively as well as carefully. His 58 off 86 balls in the second ODI, however, ended poorly as he was lost for shots. He began slogging and eventually missed one that hit his stumps. A natural stroke-maker, Tamim can go all out in the last game because the series has already been won.

Ross Taylor scored two fifties in the Test series but still hasn't crossed that mark in the two ODIs. He has been one of the side's best batsmen on this tour, however, playing spin well and stitching partnerships at times. With McCullum out, he will have to step up and do it all alone.

Team news

New Zealand will be without Brendon McCullum, who has a sore back. Luke Ronchi is likely to replace him in the XI, with Kyle Mills leading the side. The team management will be tempted to give fast bowler Adam Milne a game, but it is unclear at this stage who they would drop considering the better bowling performance in the second game.

New Zealand (likely): 1 Anton Devcich, 2 Hamish Rutherford, 3 Grant Elliott, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Luke Ronchi, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Jimmy Neesham, 8 Tom Latham (wk), 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Kyle Mills (capt)

Tamim complained of abdominal pain, and is a doubtful starter. Bangladesh coach Shane Jurgensen spoke of the heavy workload of some of his players so there may be a case for resting Rubel Hossain or one of the spinners. Mortaza may be rested for the dead rubber too. Al-Amin Hossain could make an ODI debut.

Bangladesh (likely): 1 Tamim Iqbal/Anamul Haque, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Naeem Islam, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza/Al-Amin Hossain, 11 Rubel Hossain/Ziaur Rahman.

Stats and trivia

  • The last international match in Fatullah was an ODI between Bangladesh and Australia in 2006.
  • Tamim is now Bangladesh's highest run-scorer in ODIs with 3702. He went past Shakib's tally of 3688 in the second ODI.
  • Bangladesh have beaten New Zealand and West Indies seven times, their most wins against higher-ranked teams in ODIs.

Pitch and conditions

The Fatullah Cricket Stadium's international status had to be reinstated by the ICC because it had not staged a match in five years. The pitch and outfield have been relaid after several years of wear and tear and complaints of poor drainage. After two years of work, the venue began to be used for the Dhaka Premier League this season, but it had low bounce and has only improved a little since early September.


"We want to end ODI series on a high. Everyone will be up no doubt."
New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Mills

"We will play the same way we did during the first two matches. We will not take things casually just because the series has been won."
Bangladesh offspinner Sohag Gazi.

Isam: 'This match is more important for New Zealand'

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Baundule on November 2, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Why is it termed as a dead rubber? Bangladesh should target another Banglawash. Also, the ODI ranking is another motivating factor. Winning this match will (almost?) take Bangladesh to the 7th position, ahead of WI and NZ. Bangladesh do not get enough matches. So, they should go for the kill.

  • Kevin on November 2, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Bangladesh are head and shoulders above NZ in every department, on any pitch but especially at home. They should win this easily. NZ are now becoming almost a waste of time even for Bangladesh to play. Time for NZ to be relegated to only playing Australian state teams like in the past until they find a way to stop wasting time on the international schedule, though its doubtful even the aussie states would find them competitive.

  • mahendra on November 2, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    GO Bang GO , From one of your supporters from India , Respect.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I would request the team management to give rest to the likes of Tamim, Mushfik, Razzak, Nasir (Shakib/Ashraful not in the team already)..........and see what the team can do.......

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Bangladesh should not make too much changes because we have T20 after the ODI series. Only Zia should get a match earlier to have a match practice before the T20 on November 6, 2013. I think for T20 we may choose Zia ahead of Naeem.

  • Shipu on November 2, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    I don't mind for Bangladesh to change the team around a bit for the dead rubber game tomorrow but don't change so much that it makes it hard for the team to win. Complacency is such a problem for Bangladesh team once on a high and I don't want to see that happening tomorrow and really want to see another whitewash. But Bangladesh should still win really since the pitch looks like it will be slow and low and New Zealand have lost McCullum thus making them really weak now and will be playing on a ground they have never been to yet. Hopefully we'll see this line-up tomorrow:- Tamim, Shamsur, Naeem, Mominul, Nasir, Rahim, Riyad, Rahman, Gazi, Mashrafe and Razzak.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on November 2, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    A tough match is waiting for Kiwis at Fatullah. Can anyone remember the only test hosted by Fatullah? The mighty Australia team having Ponting, Clarke, Warne, Hayden, Gilchrist, Gillespie & others almost lost a test to BD in this ground back in 2006. In fact at the end of Day 3 BD was in control & a patient innings by Ponting saved the 5th day for Aussies. Otherwise a much weaker BD team than now would've won a test against one of the Strongest XI of cricket history. Fatullah pitch will also b tough for NZ in this occasion as they've no idea about this new pitch & BD players already have played few List A matches there in last September.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    What ever question is raised if there is anything to be raised at all, lets just remember both the team playing same pitch. Bangladesh have scored 250 plus in both ODI where as NZ faltered. Never mind giving full credit to Bangladesh teams performance, something is always there to give a reasoning for other team not doing well! I think its time we change our attitude towards Bangladesh cricket and have the honesty to give the credit which they rightly deserve.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Everybody is missing a core point

    Danny Morrisson

    What a man & commentary he is? Absolutely honorable aura. Although his team NZ is loosing game by game but this guy is so neutral and humorous (Profession) in his commentary.

    We love Danny; Bangladesh takes pride in Danny Morrisson.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    The Kiwis are a strong team, but the Tigers proved to be stronger. A win in the last ODI is needed not only for moving up the ranking but enhancing the team's reputation as well.

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