The 3rd ODI between India and Bangladesh was in all sense a dead game , with the series decided already in favour of India. But Bangladesh had a lot to play for, for their fans , their self respect and moreover to prove themselves that they are good enough to beat any country in their own backyard.The match was finally called off due to rain , at an stage when India was struggling at 119 for 9, with Binny and Umesh Yadav at the crease.
The toss went in favour of India and electing to bat first was what Raina and co. decided . The pitch was very similar to the last one and bowlers stamped their authority over the batsman and a low scoring match was the only outcome which looked likely.
Indian openers started slowly, somehow managing to get their edges escaped from the bowl and missing or defending almost everything that came their way. Uthappa was the first one to go in the 5th over and Rahane followed him in the next over. Rayadu could not even stamp his class and Manoj Tiwari, who was given a run in this game , also failed to impress. Raina and Pujara built some sort of partnership. Raina looked to be aggressive and Pujara played the old classical way of One Day Cricket and chewed too may deliveries . Raina scored run a ball 25 and Pujara managed 27 from 63 deliveries. Saha did show glimpse of a good innings but could not carry on and Akshar Patel is slowly losing the tag of being called an all rounder. Binny was playing well but was running out of partners.
It was a merry making for the Bangladesh bowlers who enjoyed bowling on a track that was offering a lot. Shakib Al Hasan picked up 3 wickets and Taskin and Al-Amin picked up 2 wickets each. Mashrafe Mortaza and Sohag Gazi picked up a wicket each.