India vs Bangladesh Third ODI at Chittagong
India Bangladesh Third ODI: Third ODI called off due to heavy overnight rain
May 15, 2007The third and final one-dayer between India and Bangladesh was called off due to bad weather and a wet outfield at Chittagong on Tuesday.
After a pitch inspection at 1:00 pm local time, the umpires decided to call the game off after a look at the slushy outfield owing to overnight rain and a morning drizzle. India clinch the series two-nil, thanks to their wins in Mirpur. They won the first ODI by five wickets and the second by 46 runs.
The two-match Test series starts with the first at Chittagong on May 18. The second Test will be played in Dhaka from May 25. Reported Earlier: Overnight rain has delayed the start of the third and final one-day international between India and Bangladesh at Chittagong on Tuesday.
The match is of only academic interest with India having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead. They won the first one-dayer by five wickets and the second by 46 runs. Both the matches were played at Mirpur. While India would have looked to complete a whitewash, Bangladesh would be looking to salvage pride. The teams had on Monday been welcomed by a slushy outfield. There was also a cyclone warning for the coastal city.
India Bangladesh Third ODI: Uthappa and RP Singh set to play third ODI
May 15, 2007Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa, Indias three specialist openers, have been included in the team for the third One-day International (ODI) against Bangladesh here at Chittagong on Tuesday.
Uthappa is set to bat at No 3, which means Sehwag, in the middle of a lean patch, will be given another go at the top. Sehwag has not fired in the first two ODIs, each time giving away his wicket after getting off to good starts. "Robin will bat at No 3 because soon you have the Test series and Dhoni already had to shoulder a lot of workload," Dravid told Press Trust of India. The likely person to miss out would be Dinesh Mongia, who contributed three wickets in the first one-dayer, but hasnt impressed much with the bat.
With Sreesanth injured and Zaheer Khan rested from the dead rubber Rudra Pratap Singh will finally get a game. Dravid felt that using the game to experiment with the line-up would help the side when they travel to England in June. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (c), Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Dinesh Karthick, Manoj Tiwari, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap, Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar and Dinesh Mongia
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (c), Mohammad Ashraful (vice-captain), Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Sakibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicket Keeper), Mashrafe Mortaza, Syed Rasel, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mohammad Rafique and Farhad Reza
India Bangladesh Third ODI: Teams reach Chittagong for third ODI
May 14, 2007Bad luck with injuries continues to hound the Bangladesh cricket team in this home series as they are all set to miss ace batsman Mohammad Ashraful for the third and final one-dayer against India at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium tomorrow.
The Tigers along with India reached the port city yesterday morning without the ace batsman who has been admitted to hospital on Saturday night. Pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was the first casualty of injury as he missed the first one-dayer because of back pain and now Bangladesh vice-captain Ashraful has been suffering from high temperature.
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed informed that there was no chance for Ashraful to play the last one-day match and said the team-management didn't want any replacement for the ace batsman. "His temperature has come down but he is still in the hospital, so there is no chance to see him in the third one-day match. But we hopeful that he will join the team in Chittagong well before the start of the first Test match," Faruque said. "We were ready to give a replacement but team-management felt that the existing squad is good enough," he added.
The sickness of Ashraful makes way for all-rounder Forhad Reza to play his first game in the series. Captain Habibul Bashar though, was desperately looking forward to getting his deputy back for the final one-dayer as he said that it is a very important match for them, although they have already conceded the series. "There is a very slim chance for Ashraful to play the match but we wanted to monitor his condition till tomorrow and that was the reason we didn't ask for any replacement for him. If Ashraful feels good than definitely he will play the match because he is an important player in the team," said Bashar over telephone yesterday. "We are desperately looking forward to this game despite the fact that we lost the series. It would be fantastic if we can manage a win before a tough Test series," he added.
The 34-year old Bangladesh captain said that his side was not totally demoralised by the series defeat as they had played some good cricket. "Our performance was not too bad if you compare it with the previous series we played at home. We were very much close in the first game and in the second match it was also not a one-sided affair. So, we have the self-belief that we can still win a match," he said. The right-hander also expressed his satisfaction on returning amongst the runs after making 43 in the second match at Mirpur on Saturday. "It's good for me that we got some runs ahead of the Test series," he said.
Bashar was however worried with the hot and humid condition. "It is very tough weather conditions where everybody feel uncomfortable," he said. The teams didn't turn up at the venue yesterday as they preferred full rest under such heat.
Bangladesh CricketersAftab Ahmed | Alok Kapali | Enamul Haque jnr | Habibul Basher | Javed Omar | Khaled Mashud | Mashrafe Mortaza | Mohammad Ashraful | Mohammad Rafique | Nafeez Iqbal | Rajin Saleh | Shahadat Hossain | Shahriar Nafees
He played just four test matches for India, but whoever saw him on the field was left with a lifetime of memories..