The ongoing tri-nation one-day international series host by Bangladesh reaches the high point as only two league matches to be played before the Final and also there will be a tough competition between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe to qualify for the final. The home side Bangladesh won both of their first round matches and already qualify for the final while Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka has one win each and facing Bangladesh in a must win situation. Match 5 between Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka schedule to start at 12 PM Local | 11:30 AM IST on Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018.
The host nation Bangladesh shown their dominance at home by winning both of their first round matches against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Mashrafe Mortaza led-side restricted opponents for less than 200 runs in both occasions. Also, the solid performances at top order helped the side in a big way. The star players Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan performed so well in both of those matches and helped their side to be on the winning side. The experienced Tamim Iqbal continue his good form in this series by scoring back-to-back half-centuries. First he scored 84* against Zimbabwe and then scored another 84 runs against Sri Lanka in the last game. Tamim’s form is a key for Bangladesh, once he settles in the middle we can expect a big score from him. Anamul Haque who is a part of ODI side for the first time in almost 3 years, started off well in both matches. But unfortunately he failed to convert the good start in to big scores. His scores were 19 and 35 runs respectively. Keeps an eye on Anamul, he possibly play a match-winning innings in this game. Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was promoted to no. 3 in the batting order and played very well in both matches. He scored 37 and 67 runs respectively, he also shines with a ball and claimed 3 wickets haul in both matches. Matter of fact, he was the man of the match in both matches.
The other experienced player, the wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim is in good form too. Rahim played a quick-fire innings against Sri Lanka and scored 62 runs off 52 balls. His work behind the stumps also helps you to get more fantasy points in this match. Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain occupies the middle-order of Bangladesh batting. Mahmudullah and Sabbir both had scored 24 runs each in the last game. No surprises if either one of them come up in the order and scores big hundred in this match. Nasir Hossain offers bat at no. 7 and also bowls useful part-time spells. He took an important wicket of Kusal Perera (SL) at very early stage of the innings and that created momentum for the home team. Bangladesh has added an extra pace-option of Mohammad Saifuddin in the last game and combination is expected to continue for this game too. A three-men pace attack of Mortaza, Mustafizur and Rubel Hossain worked out very well in both matches. Rubel and Mortaza had picked 2 wickets each in both matches while Mustafizur had picked a tally of 3 wickets in 2 matches. Saifuddin didn’t have much to offer in the last game, but he could make an impact in this game.
Two losses in 3 matches push Zimbabwe into must win situation when they are facing Bangladesh on Tuesday. Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by 8 wickets in their first meet on last week. It’s time for Zimbabwe to take a revenge for that loss and stops the domination of the home side. Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka in the first meet-up but lost to the same opponent by 5 wickets in the last match on Sunday. The experienced opener Hamilton Masakadza who had already played a match-winning knock of 73 against Sri Lanka, has a crucial role to play in this game. He gave good start to the innings in all three occasions, but unfortunately, he dismissed for 15 and 20 runs respectively in two of those occasions. He has a great chance to put up a big knock against the home team in this game. All-rounder Solomon Mire who dismissed for duck against Bangladesh in the first match, had scored 34 and 21 runs respectively against Sri Lanka. The big-hitter might keep his place at top of the order and also has a chance to play good innings. Craig Ervine’s horrible tour continues as he dismissed for just 2 runs again on Sunday. Ervine scores were 0, 2 and 2 runs respectively. The poor form of senior batsman Ervine may opens the door for an uncapped all-rounder Brandon Mavuta. The returned back former captain Brendon Taylor made an impact in all three matches in the series. He started off with 24 runs against Bangladesh and then scored 38 and 58 runs respectively against Sri Lanka. The experienced Taylor will play a key role for his team.
After two big performances in a row, Sikandar rarely had a poor game against Sri Lanka on Sunday. He scored 52 and 81* runs respectively in the first two matches followed by 9 runs in the last game. With a ball, Raza had taken 3 wickets in 3 matches. With BPL experience, Raza has a very good knowledge on Dhaka track and that will help to shine with both bat and ball in this game. Middle-order batsman Malcolm Waller didn’t score much bigger in the series. His highest score was 29 runs against Sri Lanka in the second match. Waller had a great form in 2017, hopefully, he will return back to those fine form soon. As Taylor takes care of Wicket-keeper’s duty, Peter Moor playing a role of an extra batsman in lower-middle order. He played two handy knocks in first two innings, but departed without scoring a run in the last game. The explosive batsman will keep his place in the XI for the quality of scoring runs quickly in end overs. Skipper Graeme Cremer found his form back with both bat and bowl in the last game. He had back-to-back poor outings in the first two matches, but managed to score 34 runs with a bat and also bowled an economical spell of none for 29 in 9 overs on Sunday. Zimbabwe struck with three men pace attack of Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani in all three matches. Among three of them Chatara is most valuable and he claimed a tally of 5 wickets in 3 matches. The newcomer in the side, Muzarabani also bowled well in last two matches and picked 3 wickets haul in the last game. If Zimbabwe look to include Chris Mpofu in the bowling attack, Kyle Jarvis might be a man who makes a way for him.
KEY PLAYERS :
- Tamim Iqbal
- Anamul Haque
- Shakib al Hasan
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Rubel Hossain
- Mashrafe Mortaza
Wild Card Pick – Mushfiqur Rahim
- Hamilton Masakadza
- Brendon Taylor
- Sikandar Raza
- Malcolm Waller
- Graeme Cremer
- Tendai Chatara
- Blessing Muzarabani
Wild Card Pick – Solomon Mire
POSSIBLE LINEUPS :
1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Anamul Haque, 3. Shakib al Hasan, 4. Mahmudullah, 5. Mushfiqur Rahim, 6. Sabbir Rahman, 7. Nasir Hossain, 8. Mashrafe Mortaza, 9. Mohammad Saifuddin, 10. Rubel Hossain, 11. Mustafizur Rahman.
1. Hamilton Masakadza, 2. Solomon Mire, 3. Craig Ervine / Brandon Mavuta, 4. Brendon Taylor, 5. Sikandar Raza, 6. Malcolm Waller, 7. Peter Moor, 8. Graeme Cremer, 9. Kyle Jarvis / Chris Mpofu, 10. Tendai Chatara, 11. Blessing Muzarabani.
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