The biggest talking point of this year in cricket has been the emergence of Bangladesh as a cricketing power. They started their rise by beating England and knocking them out in the World Cup. They then beat Pakistan 3-0 at home and beat them in the T20 game also.
Then came India, who posted a completely different challenge. The Test match was a lucky escape for a below par Bangladesh side. But the ODI form they were carrying proved too much for the men in blue as they tumbled to losses in the ODI series by embarrassing margins. The hosts have already claimed the ODI series with a 2-0 lead and will go into the third match trying to cement their place in the Champion trophy in 2017.
The third game which is inconsequential to the series result, will also be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. It will be played on Wednesday, the 24th of June. It will be a day night game and will start at 3 pm local time.
The pitch at Mirpur has been deteriorating and may not assist run scoring in the third game. The weather is largely overcast which chances of heavy thunderstorms which might bring the D/L method into play.
The Bangladesh squad has quietly built a great form at least on home soil. They have won their last 10 games on their soil and are looking like a solid force in the shorter format. The 19 year old Rahman has been sensational and has given them two victories in the series already.
As acknowledged by the Indian skipper, even when the bowlers were not picking wickets up, the hosts have managed to keep a star studded line up quite and put enough pressure to induce a mistake. This has been their secret to success.
For India, the top order has failed drastically and has not given the team enough score on both occasions. The openers have given starts but the team has not been able to take advantage and the middle order has completely been out of sorts.
The bowling on the other hand has also failed to impress and have been all over the place. They have not applied enough pressure on the Bangladeshi batsman and have bowled far too many boundary balls. Barring Ashwin, no Indian bowler has come out of the two games with respectable figures.
Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Litton Das.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Umesh Yadav.
The Bangladesh team will be high on confidence and will want to continue their winning streak. They will want to stick to their game plans and will want to hand India a whitewash in the series.
But the touring team is never low on character and we can expect an improved performance from the men in blue. It will not be easy to beat the 2nd placed team in the rankings thrice in three games and Bangladesh may well taste the first defeat on home soil after 10 games on Wednesday.
The tour that started with a damp, rain spoilt game has turned out to be great for the hosts as they have now qualified for the Champions trophy. They will want to show their consistency and will want to take a result out of the last game at Mirpur. This game promises to be a close battle and will be an exciting game to watch.
The current form suggests that Bangladesh will be favorites to win and as per Sports Mirchi predictions they have 55 percent win chances over India.