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India eye clean sweep

Calcutta/Dhaka: The two consecutive victories have not just won India the three-match ODI series, but also proved that the visitors, even with a depleted unit, are miles ahead of Bangladesh.

Forget the big names and senior pros, the abilities of even India’s reserves cannot be matched by Bangladesh’s first-class cricketers, as the second one-dayer showed. With Thursday’s third and final ODI, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, in Mirpur — now reduced to a dead rubber — India would certainly look inflict a whitewash over their hapless opponents.

A major plus point for India in this series has been Stuart Binny. Having not got enough opportunities earlier, the all-rounder finished with unbelievable figures on Tuesday to single-handedly help India wrap up the series with a game to spare.

True, a few Bangladeshi batsmen batted like novices, but having said that, Stuart made excellent use of the conditions and was spot-on with his line and length on a pitch favouring the bowlers. After such performance, it really won’t be easy at all for the selectors to keep Stuart out of contention for future tours.

The only concern for stand-in captain Suresh Raina is the middle-order capitulating before bowlers who haven’t yet made a mark internationally. If the middle-order batsmen can get some runs on Thursday, the team will feel they have ticked all the boxes in this hurriedly sandwiched series before the all-important England tour.

TEAMS

India (likely): Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Akshar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav

Bangladesh (likely): Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mithun Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib-al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahaman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Al-amin Hossain

Match starts: 12.30pm (IST)