Bangladesh - West Indies
The concept of the ODI Super League is to make dead rubbers redundant and that will be put to test when Bangladesh take on West Indies in the third and final ODI of the series in Chattogram. Having secured an unassailable 2-0 lead, Bangladesh will be eyeing the ten points on offer that would take them level with second-placed England in the Super League points table.
Regardless of the result in this match, this series has further enhanced Bangladesh’s home ODI credentials. They have won nine of their last ten bilateral home ODI series (including this) with five of the previous eight ending in a whitewash.
Captain Tamim Iqbal has celebrated his captaincy reign with two straightforward wins and by completing 1,000 H2H runs, the only player so far to do that. His SR (64.82) is, however, straight out of the 1980s school of ODIs, but then only Shakib Al Hasan has scored at a better SR among the host batsmen (66.66).
West Indies have failed to win their 15th bilateral away series in a row (L14, D1) since their last such win in this country in October 2011. Four of those series losses have ended as whitewashes (series of 3+ matches), including their latest sojourn to Sri Lanka in February 2020, although they have never been whitewashed in Bangladesh.
However, avoiding that would be a massive task for this inexperienced squad that could only post 122 and 148. The only silver lining this series is that the Windies were able to stretch the chase on both occasions to the 34th over, taking four and three wickets respectively.
Players to watch: Mohammad Saifuddin has 20 wickets in his last nine ODIs taking 2+ wickets in seven matches. Ten of those have come in his last three ODIs, twice as Bangladesh's best bowler. As for the visitors, their only current squad member in the top-20 list of H2H most run-getters is Rovman Powell (203 runs, Avg. 29.00) who has a score to settle with his career away record (324 runs, Avg. 18.00).
Stat attack: Bangladesh have won nine of their last 11 completed ODIs at this venue - seven coming while chasing.
That includes the only H2H at this venue which they won by eight wickets and 180 balls remaining - the second largest win in H2Hs (by balls remaining).
Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim (908) needs 92 runs to be the second batsman to score 1,000 H2H runs.
West Indies have lost eight of their 19 away ODI H2Hs, with all those coming since October 2011 (W3, L8).