The high-voltage third and final ODI between Bangladesh and England on Wednesday is all set to usher in the newest rivalry in world cricket following the much-talked about war of words after the second game of the three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.
It all started when England captain Jos Buttler and the Bangladesh fielders got engaged in a heated conversation following his dismissal in the second ODI. The excitement reached its peak when Ben Stokes and Tamim Iqbal got involved in another clash during the handshake formalities after the game.
And according to English all-rounder Moeen Ali, neither of the two teams will give no quarter on Wednesday.
“Regarding the (previous) game, some of the guys got heated up and that can happen in a competitive game. I think we have players who can get heated up and also Bangladesh have players who can get heated up and that’s what it was really. That has been put to bed now and we can concentrate on the game,” Moeen told the media during the pre-match press conference at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Tuesday.
"I think it will just fire up both the teams. I think both the teams will be wanting to win more than before. Bangladesh have not lost a home series for six series now. And I know some of our players, especially our captain will desperately want to win this game.
"I know from Bangladesh’s point of view it [Buttler’s wicket] was a big wicket. They celebrated. But there is also a way you celebrate sometimes. But things can happen before and after a match, it will just fire up everybody and makes it for a good series now.
“Hopefully both the teams will behave well in this game and according to the rules of the game and we can look back at the series and say this was a very good cricketing series,” said Moeen.
Moeen informed that the most disappointing aspect of the second ODI was that they were unable to play their natural game of recent times.
“I think the most disappointing thing was we batted a little bit like the old England for the first time in a couple of years. That’s more disappointing than the way we lost. We would rather lose the game playing the way we played in the last two years. So hopefully [Wednesday] we can play the way we have been batting and not just throw our wickets away,” said the left-handed batsman.
The 29-year old went on to praise the security arrangements organised by the hosts.
“I have never seen security like this. It’s been the best. In other words another country will have to do well to beat this security that’s been provided and I think it’s a big thing. I will definitely encourage other teams to come. So far it's been amazing and I will really encourage other teams to come,” he said.