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Tigers reach Ctg to avoid clean sweep

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 5 March, 2023 12:00 AM
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Tigers reach Ctg to avoid clean sweep
Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal is seen upon his arrival at the team hotel in Chattogram on Saturday. – COURTESY PHOTO

Bangladesh will be looking to avoid their first clean sweep ODI home series defeat in nine years when they take on England in the third and last match of the three-match series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Monday.

The last time Bangladesh suffered a whitewash on their own soil was back in 2014 when Sri Lanka defeated them by a 3-0 margin in a three-match ODI series.

Bangladesh also lost to India by a 0-2 margin in the same year but it was a three-match series and one match got abandoned due to rain. Since losing to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh played 14 home ODI series but they didn’t concede any clean sweep series defeat.

The Tigers had high hopes of beating England in a bilateral ODI series for the first time before the start of the series but they lost the opportunity after losing the opening two games of the series in Mirpur.

Bangladesh showcased some fight before losing the opening match by three wickets while they were outplayed by the current 50-over and T20 champions England in the second game which they lost by 132 runs.

Both the teams arrived in Chattogram on Saturday to feature in the third ODI of the series, which will be followed by a three-match T20I series, starting at the same venue on March 9.

Later, the teams will travel to Dhaka to play the remaining two T20Is of the series, scheduled on March 12 and 14 respectively.

Bangladesh didn’t make any changes in the 14-member squad for the third and last ODI of the series but the players of the T20 side travelled with them and joined them in the team hotel in Chattogram for the remaining part of the series.