Talha Kamal
Bangladesh will look to clean sweep Zimbabwe today in the third encounter of three-match UCB Bangladesh–Zimbabwe ODI series at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm.
Opener Imrul Kayes and Liton Das hit big half-centuries as Bangladesh crushed Zimbabwe in the second ODI.
Now, the Tigers will look to white wash the Zimbabweans in today’s match and finish the ODI series on a high. Left-handed opener Soumya Sarkar was called up to the squad ahead of third ODI.
So, he could be given a chance today. Batsman Fazle Mahmud is finding it tough to settle in the team in his debut series as he was out for a duck twice in his first two matches.
However, it is difficult to judge someone on just two matches. Therefore, he should be given another opportunity today to prove his worth. Axing him for today’s match will destroy his confidence and it will be an immature decision as well.
Otherwise, the starting eleven should remain the same as the first two ODI’s.
Both openers Imrul Kayes and Liton Das have been performing really well in this series. Especially, Imrul’s form has been tremendous.
He single-handedly won the first ODI with his splendid knock of 144 runs. In the second ODI, he fell just 10 runs short of another ton. The 21-year-old all- rounder Saifuddin’s revelation so far has been extraordinary. He was also elected as man of the match in the second ODI for his all-round performance. Zimababwe on the other hand, have been dismal so far. They were second best in every department in the last match. Their bowling department didn’t stand a chance against Bangladesh in the second ODI. If they want to finish off the ODI series with a consolation win, then they certainly need to play as a team.

So far in ODI series’ on home soil, Bangladesh have white washed their opponents nine times. The Tigers will look to prolong that stat and make Zimbabwe their tenth prey in the clean sweep list.
Zimbabweans were also whitewashed (3-0) by the Tigers in ODI series back in 2015/16. Bangladesh will hope to emulate that feat again.