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Tigers eye another clean sweep

  • Published at 10:03 pm October 25th, 2018
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Bangladesh's Soumya Sarkar looks on intently as batting coach Neil McKenzie makes a point during training in Chittagong Thursday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

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.    

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.

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)