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SYLHET, March 5, 2020 -In a bid to whitewash Zimbabwe for the fourth consecutive time, Bangladesh will take on the visitors in the third and final ODI of the series scheduled to be held tomorrow (Friday) at the Sylhet
International Cricket Stadium.

The match starts at 2pm.

The match is going to be the last ODI game for Mashrafe Bin Mortaza as the captain.

“It is going to be my last match as the captain of Bangladesh. I will continue to play sometime more as player if the team management considers me.
But the third ODI against Zimbabwe will be my last match as captain,” Mashrafe said here on Thursday.

Bangladesh won the first match by a record 169-run, their highest margin win against any side before surviving a Donald Tiripano-scare to clinch a thrilling four-run victory in the second ODI. Thereby they took an unassailable 2-0 lead and stood on another chance to inflict a whitewash on
Zimbabwe.

Overall it will be Bangladesh’s fifth whitewash over Zimbabwe if they can give Mashrafe a fitting farewell as captain.

Under Mashrafe’s captaincy, Bangladesh played 87 matches till date and won
49. If Bangladesh wins the third ODI, then it will be Mashrafe’s 50th win as
captain, a feat that no other captain of the country could achieve.

But more than the milestone, Mashrafe focused onto winning the game.

“It is important to win the game than achieving another milestone. We
players play to win the game for Bangladesh, not for the milestone. So we’ll
come here to win the game and it’s the ultimate target,” he said.

As Zimbabwe showed in the second ODI, Bangladesh shouldn’t think of making
it cake-walk, the Tigers have their own problem before the final ODI. Not
that they are worried about their performance, but it is all about the team
combination.

If the statement of chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu is taken into
consideration, then Mushfiqur would not play the third match.

Abdein, also the former skipper of Bangladesh said they are willing to
field the team in this match, which will play the one-off ODI against
Pakistan. The one-off ODI against Pakistan has already been rescheduled and
would be held on April 1, instead of April 3.

The injury of Nazmul Hossain Shanto also made his presence uncertain in the
last match. Soumya Sarkar, who was included in the squad for the third ODI is
likely to replace him.

It is clear Bangladesh will break the winning combination for the second
consecutive time.

In the second ODI, they replaced Mustafizur Rahman and Saifuddin with the
likes of Al-Amin Hossain and Shafiul Islam. Both of the players came up with
disappointing bowling performance but Mashrafe said the excessive dew at
night made their task tougher.

The third ODI will be the 75th ODI matches between the two sides. Out of
last 74 matches, Bangladesh won 46 and Zimbabwe grabbed victory in 28
matches.

Zimbabwe conceded so far 15 straight defeats to Bangladesh in ODI cricket.
But emboldened by their performance in the second game, Zimbabwe vows to end
the win-draught against Bangladesh and restore some pride.

“We’ll try to make it our day and the second game gives us some confidence.
Hopefully we can win the third ODI,” said Zimbabwe all-rounder Tinotenda
Mutumbodzi.(BSS)

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