Home > News >

India vs Bangladesh 2014: Visitors have eyes set on whitewash

Indian-cricketer-Mohit-Sharma-(L)-celebrates-with-his-teammate-after-the-dismissal-of-Bangladeshi-cricketer
Indian players are cock-a-hoop after defending 105 in the 2nd ODI © AFP


Mirpur: Jun 18, 2014

Having recorded an improbable victory after defending the lowest-ever score in the history of the game, a confident Indian team would look to go for the kill by completing a 3-0 rout when it meets an out-of-sync Bangladesh in the final One-Day International (ODI). Defending a paltry 105 with an astounding show, the ‘Men In Blue’ will be on cloud nine as they gear up for a ‘Whitewash’ of Mushfiqur Rahim and Co.

More than dismissing Bangladesh for 58, what Stuart Binny’s unbelievable figures of six for four did was to ensure that home team’s confidence hits nadir and Suresh Raina‘s boys will now go for the jugular in the final match of the series to end on a high. Raina will be happy that while his openers set up a well-deserved win in the first ODI, his seamers did a splendid job in a low-scoring second match yesterday.

If his middle-order batsmen can get some runs under their belt in tomorrow’s match, the team will feel that they have ticked all the boxes during this hurriedly sandwiched series before the England tour. For India, the only cause of concern will be the performance of their middle-order batsmen Ambati Rayudu and Cheteshwar Pujara.

While Rayudu was unbeaten during the first match, Pujara has been dismissed cheaply for scores of 0 and 11 in both matches although he suffered in the first one due to an umpiring error. With the series already pocketed, it would be interesting to see whether skipper Raina along with coach Duncan Fletcher experiments a bit with the middle-order.

Time is certainly running out for Pujara as far as his place in the ODI side is concerned. Not the quickest of fielders, Pujara has not even managed a score 20 plus in the five ODIs he has played so far. Rayudu, on his part, has never looked in control of situations in the 12 ODIs that he has played so far. A strike-rate of less than 70 in ODIs in these days with field restrictions loaded in favour of batsmen is not exactly what is expected from a specialist willow wielder.

If the team management has an objective of trying out all the fringe players, then the likes of Kedar Jadhav and Manoj Tiwary would deserve a go in the middle-order in place of Rayudu and Pujara. However, the Indian teams, over the years, have had a knack of sticking to winning combinations even after a particular series has been clinched.

It will be trouble either ways for Bangladesh as a flat track will be a giveaway even for this second rung Indian batting line-up but a track with seam and bounce might spell doom for their batsmen whose questionable temperament has been thoroughly exposed. With only two competent batsmen in all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim in the set-up, it will be a Herculean task for their coach Chandika Hathurasinghe to turn the tide around.

Tamim Iqbal, who once used to be India’s nemesis, has completely gone off the boil since the ICC World T20. Some of his strokes in the recent past calls for sanction and in this scenario, one can safely assume that Indians are overwhelming favourites for a clean sweep.

Squads:

India:

Suresh Raina (captain), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Wriddhiman Saha, Akshar Patel, Parveez Rasool, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra, R Vinay Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary.

Bangladesh:

Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Mithun Ali, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyadh, Zia-ur Rahaman, Nasir Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Mominul Hassan, Abdur Razzak, Shamsur Rahaman.

Catch all the stories from India’s tour of Bangladesh 2014 here

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Highlights of Phil Hughes' double ton

India vs England Live Cricket Score 3rd Test Day 4 at Southampton: Jadeja removes Ballance, England lead soars past 300

James Anderson: The Burnley Express turns 32

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: India’s sloppy batting and other highlights of play on Day 3

Moeen Ali’s ‘Save Gaza’ wristband suspension: Cricket and political sentiments don’t mix

Denesh Ramdin: Didn’t expect Sunil Narine to bowl Super Over maiden

Alastair Cook England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Jacques Kallis retirement: Highest average for batsmen with over 20,000 international runs

Jacques Kallis: I realised in Sri Lanka my time was up

Jaques Kallis retires from international cricket: Twitter reactions

India vs England 2014, Day 4 of 3rd Test at Southampton: James Anderson puts England ahead at Lunch

Jacques Kallis retires from all forms of cricket

Jacques Kallis retirement: Highest average for batsmen with over 20,000 international runs

11 things you need to know about James Anderson

Why Mahabharata was the first-ever timeless Test!

MS Dhoni should take heart from Kapil Dev’s heroics of 1990 to help India avoid follow on

James Anderson: The Burnley Express turns 32

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Rafael to miss rest of Man Utd’s tour of the USA with groin injury

Jacques Kallis: I realised in Sri Lanka my time was up

Jaques Kallis retires from international cricket: Twitter reactions

Prevent Diabetes Tip – get regular health check-ups

Facebook Gifts to shut down

Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley is hell-bent to sell you his new phone; and we know how…

Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra: Whose lip-colour do you like best?

Fawad Khan: India has mastered the art of filmmaking!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here