Bangladesh and India will be locking horns in the opening ODI of their three-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday at 12pm (Dhaka time). India is set to return for a bilateral series after a seven-year absence, with Bangladesh having emerged victorious in the last encounter in 2015. This eagerly anticipated showdown is expected to be fiercely competitive, with both sides gearing up to unleash their best efforts. The absence of Bangladesh's star opener Tamim Iqbal and pacer Taskin Ahmed due to injury will give an advantage to India, who also have to make do without the services of the well-rounded fast bowler Mohammad Shami. This weakens India's pace attack, but the presence of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the batting line-up gives them an edge. Read: Liton says he’s ‘excited’ on the eve of leading Bangladesh in ODIs A lot of expectations are pinned on Liton Das, the new Bangladesh skipper, who will be looking to make an impression in his first assignment as captain. The right-hander had a stellar campaign last year, amassing 500 runs with an average of 62 in 10 matches, including a century and four half-centuries. He also has a century against India from the 2018 Asia Cup Final, making him the one to watch out for in the series opener. The expectations on Bangladesh's left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman will be high as he recorded two five-fors in his debut ODI series against India in 2015 that helped the Tigers secure their first ODI series win over India. Despite struggling in recent times, Mustafizur will be expected to deliver an impressive performance when cricket is back home in familiar conditions. For India, Rohit Sharma will be leading from the front. The right-handed batter has three centuries against Bangladesh, indicating his fine form against them. Speaking ahead of the series opener, India captain Rohit Sharma said, “I think it’s going to be an exciting series as always has been. Whenever we have come to Bangladesh, they are a very challenging team and we have to play well to beat them. It is a very simple equation for us.” Rohit also said that he believes the rivalry between India and Bangladesh has been exciting for the past few years. He noted that for the last seven to eight years, Bangladesh's cricket team has improved tremendously and it is not easy for India to win matches against them anymore and they have to play good cricket to be successful. Read: Liton to lead Tigers in ODIs v India Bangladesh captain Liton Das said, “We are excited about this series. We have played some tough cricket against them in recent times. They will not consider us an underdog which is a big inspiration for us.” The match promises to be a thrilling affair. With both teams keen on making a statement, all eyes are set on the first ODI as the series gets underway. The first match is a day-night affair and will be played under floodlights. This promises to bring out the best in both teams, making it an exciting contest. Excitement is building for the upcoming bilateral series, with all tickets having been snapped up within a few hours of being released. Fans eager to catch the action in the next match can purchase tickets on December 6 at the counters of Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in Mirpur. The first match of the series is scheduled to take place on Sunday, while the third match will be played on December 7 at the same venue. To conclude the series, the final and last ODI is set to be played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on December 10.
Cameron Green claimed his maiden five-wicket haul before David Warner and Steve Smith made light work of the run chase to set up a five-wicket victory for Australia over Zimbabwe in the first ond-day match of a three-match series, the African nation's first one-day international series in the country since 2004. After Zimbabwe were sent in by Australian skipper Aaron Finch on Sunday, Green, took 5-33 as the tourists lost its last six wickets for 15 runs and was bowled out for 200 in the tropical north Queensland city of Townsville. Australia then made light work of the run chase, as Warner scored 57 off 66 balls and Steve Smith played the anchor role of the innings to make an unbeaten 48 off 80 balls to set up the victory. Glenn Maxwell finished the match with consecutive sixes off Richard Ngarava in the 34th over. Green, who had only one ODI wicket prior to Sunday's match, removed Sikander Raza and stand-in skipper Regis Chakabva cheaply and then returned to clean up the tail as Zimbabwe's hopes of posting a defendable total fell away in the final overs. Also read: Asia Cup: Afghanistan make flying start beating Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in opener ”(We) just had a really clear gameplan, got a bit lucky at the end there, was just the right place at the right time trying to bowl back of a length on a wicket that was kind of going up and down," Green said. “I was luckily the one who got the rewards, but I think the rest of the team bowled really well and basically gave me the opportunity to be in that position.” Wessly Madhevere scored a career-high 72 runs and opener Tadiwanashe Marumani added 45 as Zimbabwe started watchfully against Australia's bowlers. But, when Adam Zampa got Madhevere caught and bowled and Chakabva was caught by Starc following a Green delivery, Zimbabwe’s tail quickly collapsed chasing quick runs. Also read: Afif named vice captain of Bangladesh cricket team for Asia Cup Australia lost Finch for 15 in the eighth over, before Warner and Smith combined for 65-run stand to have Australia's chase looking comfortable. Alex Carey, Mitch Marsh and Marcus Stoinis all fell cheaply to spinner Ryan Burl (3-60) to stall the hosts' progress but Maxwell blasted 32 off nine deliveries to seal the victory for Australia in their first of 17 ODIs before next year’s World Cup in India.. Zimbabwe is making its first appearance for a one-day international series in the country since 2004 with the teams set to play three ODIs in seven days at the 10,000-seat Riverway Stadium. The second game of the three-match series is on Wednesday also at Townsville. The match also held tributes for local hero and former Australia test player Andrew Symonds who died in an auto-accident in May near Townsville. Fans, players, family and friends stood in silence before the match before further tributes to the charismatic allrounder were held at the innings break.
Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bowl first in the second ODI of the three-match series against the West Indies on Wednesday in Providence Stadium, Guyana. The visitors overlooked Taskin Ahmed to pave the way for Mosaddek Hossain to the playing XI. Bangladesh won the first match of the series, and they now got a chance to win the ODI series on Wednesday. Ahead of the ODI series, Bangladesh played against the hosts in a two-match Test and three-match T20I series, and Bangladesh lost both series. Read:WI vs BAN 2nd ODI 2022: Resurgent Bangladesh aim for series win Bangladesh won five of their last six ODI series including the one against South Africa in South Africa. For various reasons, the visitors are missing the service of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim— Bangladesh’s two mainstays in the format. It came as a great chance for the Tigers to test their bench strength. Anamul Haque has to wait for more to make a comeback to ODIs. The right-handed batter did well in the 50-over format at the domestic level but failed to bring his form to the international format. He played five innings in the ongoing tour and managed to pass the 20-run mark only once, which made the team management keep him out of the ODI setup in this series. Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal (c), Liton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah Riyad, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (w), Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam West Indies (Playing XI): Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope (w), Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran(c), Rovman Powell, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie, Alzarri Joseph
Bangladesh have won the toss in the third T20I of the three-match series against Pakistan and opted to bat first on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh made three changes to their XI adding Shohidul Islam, Shamim Hossain and Nasum Ahmed to replace Saif Hassan, Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam. Read:Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: Tigresses show how it is done defeating Pakistan in key contest Shohidul is getting his maiden T20I cap with this match. The right-arm pacer has played a total of 37 T20s and bagged 54 wickets so far with the best bowling figure of taking four wickets conceding 17 runs. Bangladesh have lost the first two matches of the series, and they are taking the field in this match aiming to avoid a whitewash. Bangladesh’s batting has been the biggest concern for the Tigers. Pakistan, on the other hand, got back the momentum that they lost in the semifinal of the T20 World Cup losing to Australia. Read: Shaheen guilty for turn-and-throw that took down Afif Bangladesh (Playing XI): Mohammad Naim, Shamim Hossain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah(c), Nurul Hasan(w), Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shahidul Islam, Nasum Ahmed Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first in the third and final ODI of the three-match series against Bangladesh on Friday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Sri Lanka added three uncapped players— Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratna and Binura Fernando -- and also brought up Niroshan Dickwella in the playing XI. Read:Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 2021: 3rd ODI Match Preview Bangladesh, on the other hand, overlooked Liton Das and Mohammad Saifuddin. To replace them, Mohammad Naim and Taskin Ahmed have been included in the playing XI. Liton has been going through a bad patch for a while now. In his last 10 innings, Liton failed to reach two-digit scores on four occasions with three ducks, prompting the team management to re-think his place in the playing XI. Saifuddin, on the other hand, suffered a blow on his head in the last game. Taskin bowled in the last game as the first-ever concussion substitute in ODIs. As a precautionary step, the team management rested him in the last game. Naim played an ODI against Zimbabwe earlier last year but didn’t get a chance to bat. He also played nine T20Is for the Tigers and amassed 303 runs with an average of 33.66. Read:ICC ODI rankings: Mehidy becomes No. 2 bowler Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal(c), Mohammad Naim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Kusal Perera(c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera