Bangladesh elect to bowl in third ODI against India
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl first in their third and final ODI against India at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today.
Liton Das, the stand-in skipper for Bangladesh in this series, has won the toss in all three games and the opener would like to also stay perfect in terms of the outcome of the game as well, helping the Tigers complete their first ODI whitewash against India. Bangladesh have already sealed the three-match ODI series 2-0.
Both Bangladesh and India have made two changes in the squad for today's game. For Bangladesh, pacer Taskin Ahmed and Yasir Ali get a nod in place of left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed and batter Najmul Hossain Shanto, respectively. Taskin, who makes his first appearance in the series, must enjoy the conditions in Chattogram with a tinge of green available on the surface today, which also made Liton opt to bowl first.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul will be leading the side in absence of Rohit Sharma, who suffered from a broken thumb while fielding in the second ODI. Other than Rohit, India will also be missing Deepak Chahar for today's game due to a hamstring injury. Ishan Kishan and Kuldeep Yadav will start today for India, who are looking for their first win on the tour.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz has been the star performer for Bangladesh in the series so far, with the all-rounder smashing his first ODI century in the Tigers' five-run victory in the second game before his resilient 39-ball 38 helped the hosts register a thrilling one-wicket win in the first ODI. Miraz, who is the top-scorer with 138 runs in two innings, is yet to be dismissed in the series.
Bangladesh: 1 Litton Das (capt), 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Yasir Ali, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Afif Hossain, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Ebadot Hossain
India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Ishan Kishan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (capt & wk), 6 Washington Sundar, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Umran Malik