Bangladesh camp looked relax and the players took a day off from practice Thursday after securing the series by winning the first two matches by 28 runs and seven wickets respectively
Host Bangladesh are targeting a clean sweep ahead of their third and final ODI of the series against visiting Zimbabwe at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium in Chittagong Friday.
Bangladesh camp looked relax and the players took a day off from practice Thursday after securing the series by winning the first two matches by 28 runs and seven wickets respectively.
But the four players that have not take part in the series so far - Ariful Haque, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Rubel Hossain and Abu Haider Rony - along with the recently included Soumya Sarker took part in the optional practice session at ZACCS Thursday.
The Tigers may try to field some of the players in the dead rubber to give them some international exposure but skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza hinted there may be only one or two changes Friday.
“[Mohammad] Mithun will play in the No 5 position and Mahmudullah will play in No 6. So there is no chance to change them. Ariful may get a chance. Haider can also play. Shanto is another option we can consider along with Soumya. But I think we can’t make a lot of change. There might one or two options we will think of for [Friday's] match,” Mashrafe informed the media at the team hotel in Chittagong Thursday.
Saifuddin vows to be more economical https://t.co/SpmbdIZqhb#Bangladesh all-rounder Mohammad #Saifuddin claimed he has been working hard to be more #economical in the shorter format games in the international arena.— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) October 24, 2018
On the other hand, Zimbabwe are on the back foot as they are on the brink of another clean sweep after they faced the same ignominy in South Africa just before the ongoing series.
The African side had gone through some turmoil off the field but they have settled down and formed an experienced side only to be eliminated in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers at home early in the year.
That means the side will not feature in the biggest cricket tournament next year and for some of their seniors, Friday's match may be the last chance to save their faces following a harrowing ordeal of continuous defeats.
Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza believes his charges would provide serious challenge to the host but they failed to do that completely and the side will be desperate to showcase a good performance Friday where the pitch is expected to be a batting friendly one, just like the last occasion.
The third match will start at 2:20pm local time.
As many as four new faces in the form of Ariful Haque, Khaled Ahmed, Nazmul Islam and Mohammad Mithun were included in the @BCBtigers squad for the two-match Test series against @ZimCricketv.https://t.co/XR1BN9pSvK#BANGLADESH #CRICKET #BANGLADESHCRICKET #BCBTIGERS #BCB #TIGERS— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) October 25, 2018
Bangladesh Head to head Zimbabwe
71 ODIs 71
43 Wins 28
60.56 Win % 39.43
Shakib al Hasan (1404) Most runs Brendan Taylor (1302)
Tamim Iqbal (154) HS Charles Coventry (194*)
Shakib (74) Most wickets Ray Price (35)
Abdur Razzak (5/29) BBI Bryan Strang (6/20)