Bangladesh v England, 3rd ODI, Chittagong March 4, 2010

Bangladesh search for elusive victory

Match facts

Friday March 5, 2010
Start time 9am (03.00GMT)

Big Picture

Until Eoin Morgan produced a display of brilliant hitting Bangladesh sensed their chance to notch a maiden victory against England in Mirpur but the wait goes on. Morgan's display also secured the series for England however, the visitors have been far from convincing and the gap between the sides is narrowing as quickly as the UK opinion polls.

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, didn't hide his disappointment at a couple of umpiring decisions that didn't go his team's way - notably an lbw appeal against Morgan when he had 7 - but he has also been criticised in some quarters for his decision to recall paceman Shafiul Islam for the death overs. That, though, is harsh on Shakib who is moulding a young team in very promising fashion.

A consolation victory is now all they can aim for in Chittagong, the coastal town a six-hour train journey from Dhaka (or supposedly a 50-minute flight, but England were delayed six hours), although Bangladesh have certainly laid down a marker to England. The visitors will be desperate for a performance of real authority ahead of the Test series, but they have a few issues not least in the pace-bowling department which has been hit by injuries.

The quicks have struggled to make much of an impression in the series - Tim Bresnan has been the pick - with the onus on Graeme Swann to control the innings. However, they are learning valuable lessons ahead of the World Cup in a year's time, especially as they are grouped with Bangladesh and will play them in Chittagong. Already one lesson is abundantly clear - you can no longer take the home side lightly.

Form guide (last five completed matches)

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Watch out for...

Surely Kevin Pietersen has got to start scoring significant runs again soon. Hasn't he? It was all looking so good against Pakistan in Dubai, but since arriving in Bangladesh he has struggled to lay bat on ball. He was shot out for 0 and 6 in the warm-ups, made 1 in the first ODI and was removed for 18 on Tuesday. That dismissal, to Abdur Razzaq, highlighted a long-running problem Pietersen has against left-arm spinners and he was completely squared up by a hint of turn. Eventually his game will click and a bowling attack will pay. Maybe in Chittagong?

Abdur Razzaq had gone 45 overs without an international wicket when he claimed Pietersen and with one under his belt the confidence came soaring back. He troubled the England middle order with his flight and a hint of turn, also trapping Paul Collingwood lbw before removing Matt Prior to spark the late wobble. He forms a potent combination alongside his captain, Shakib, and if there is any assistance in the pitch he'll be a handful again.

Team news

Bangladesh produced a much more consistent batting effort in the second match to reach 260 for 6 - their highest score against England - and only Aftab Ahmed's position is probably under threat after two failures. It's the pace bowlers which are a problem, although Shafiul touched 90mph during his first over before getting rough treatment at the end. However, paceman Nazmul Hossain has been added to the squad as another option.

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Aftab Ahmed, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Naeem Islam, 8 Suhrawadi Shuvo, 9 Abdur Razzaq, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain

Ryan Sidebottom has been ruled out for the rest of the tour and Stuart Broad is out of the final one-dayer with a back injury, so Ajmal Shahzad could make his ODI debut having played the second Twenty20 against Pakistan in Dubai. Craig Kieswetter has made a stuttering start to his career, but needs to be given a run in the side.

England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Craig Kieswetter, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Paul Collingwood, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Matt Prior (wk), 7 Luke Wright, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Tredwell, 11 Ajmal Shahzad

Pitch and conditions

This is the first day game of the series so the dew factor, which hindered Bangladesh a little in Mirpur, won't be a factor in this match. It has a history of turning in Chittagong which would suit the home side and their clutch of spinners. However, being a day game means no let-up from the heat although being on the coast will help.

Stats and Trivia

  • England's only other ODI in Chittagong was played at the MA Aziz Stadium in 2003 when the visitors won by seven wickets to secure a 3-0 series win.
  • England's two-wicket win in Mirpur was their third-highest successful chase on the subcontinent, being their 306 for 5 against Pakistan at Karachi and 276 for 7 against West Indies at Ahmedabad.


"I thought 260 gave us a good chance if we took our catches, which we didn't, and if decisions had gone our way, which they didn't. England would have been in a whole heap of trouble if Morgan had been given out."
Shakib Al Hasan knows what proved the difference in the second ODI

"Whatever position I'm in, I enjoy the challenge of being in the game, and batting at No. 6 you go in at crucial times. Those positions can sometimes be the main places for getting a team over the line or not, so you take on the challenge and embrace it."
Matt Prior is starting to feel at home at No. 6

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    I also believe that the main prob of bangladesh cricket team is,the position of no 3&4 batsman.nobody is not perfect for this BCB should find a tallent batsman for htis position.otherwise it will be disaster for team.cause everytime we see when fall 1 wicket,then automatically fall others two it is the time to think for this position.

  • kas on March 5, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    I now think that IPL is responsible for Aftab's bad run of performances, he used to be a confident batsmen before and now look at him...... he can barely bat, let alone holding the innings together. IPL is definitly a bad influence. I just wish that Ashraful could play on the final ODI and he should replace aftab. I just hope that Bangladesh could put a total up near to 300 and field better. Good luck tigers, show everyone that tigers are more forocious than lions. Amar Shunar Bangla!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Saif on March 5, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    Watch out for SHUVO- he's the potential to match Shakib's feat in future. We probably can look for a wicket keeper cum batsman and promote Mushfiq as a batsman only. With Mashrafe back in no. 9/10 and Shafiul at 11 we can make the longest tail while playing in subcontinent.

    For this 3rd ODI, our problem is batting spot 3 and 4. Aftab need to fire (no other option than to pick him). Mushfiq can be promoted to no.4 and shakib playing at 5. Mahmudullah will be well placed for no 6 with Shuvo and Naeem at no 7 and 8.

    Shuvo should bowl more in middle overs with Shakib saving his quota for final batting powerplay.

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    The advise to Shakib is that "Please do not try to over look the fact", the umpire's decisions should be challenged if needed. Remember the Steve Bucknor incident, no one overlooked the fact that time. Then why this time? Just because we dont have that much influence as India. If such an experienced umpire is punished then why not this match decider-personel? What is ICC doing? Are they actually active or sleeping under the inflence of opium from the BCCI?

  • T2_ on March 4, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    The squad should include Nazmul hussain he is experience 32 Odi match 36 wicket he should replace Rubel Hossain who has ave 40 runs and never seen him to bowl the full 10 over in a odi match. And nasir hussain should replace Aftab ahmed.

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