5 things India need to do to win the 3rd ODI against Bangladesh
Bangladesh created history by defeating India in the 2nd ODI of the on-going series and have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three match series. This particular victory marked Bangladesh’s first ever series victory against India and they will be playing the final ODI in Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka and will definitely be eyeing a series whitewash.
No doubt the hosts put up a brilliant performance at their home, especially the young debutant Mustafizur Rahman who alone demolished the batting order of the Indians. In no way we can take away any credit from them. They were the far superior side in the series and were ahead of the Indians in each and every department.
Tomorrow the Indians face an uphill task in which they have to win the match if they want to escape from absolute humiliation. Going by the looks of the series till now, it won’t be surprising any more if Bangladesh manages yet another victory over India.
Lets take a look at 5 probable things which India should do in the 3rd ODI to avoid a series whitewash in the hands of the Bangladesh:
1) Batsmen should do their job
India’s major problem in this series has been their batting. The openers, truth be told, have been hot and cold, whereas the middle order of India just have surrendered to the opposition bowlers. To be frank, its a shame that our batting line which is considered to be one of the best in the world is crumbling before a relatively inexperienced and young Bangladesh bolwing attack, especially the rival pacers. A bigger point of concern is that Indian batsmen, who generally play spin well, are struggling against the spinners also.
If India wants to win the match tomorrow their batsmen should step up. Instead of playing rash shots and being in a hurry to score runs, they should concentrate on building partnerships and stay as long as possible on the crease. They should have a clear planning for each and every Bangladesh bowler and most importantly they should be aware of their own technical weaknesses as the opposition will be ready to take advantage of flaws.
2) Watch out for Mustafizur
Its very hard to believe that this 19 year old fast bowler of Bangladesh has become a nightmare for the Indians. Not once, but on twice successive occasions this left arm pacer has been able to break the Indian batting order into pieces. It must be very hard to digest this hardcore reality for the Indians but he has been able to deceive the visitors with his action, pace and great line and length. Mustafizur is definitely the man to watch out for as he has already grabbed 11 wickets in the two matches.
3) Bowlers should deliver
The batsmen might have failed horribly but the Indian bowlers also have been going through a dry run. Apart from Ashwin, who has been the only bowler who troubled the rival batsmen, no other bowlers seemed to have any effect on the oppostion. India have used 8 different bowlers in the two matches, but in both the matches they have been hammered by the Bangladesh batsmen. The bowling attack of the Indians consisting of both spinners (unfair to judge Axar Patel on basis of one match) and the pacers have failed to breach the Bangladeshi resistance. So in the final match along with the batsmen, the bowlers should deliver too. They should aim for wickets and stay focused on their line and lengths so that the batsman never gets an opportunity to score freely. As a bowling unit they should try to put the batsmen under pressure which will help them to get wickets. Previously, Indian bowlers used to show a lot of aggression in their bowling attitude which is lately very much missing in Bangladesh.
4) Revival of ‘captain’ Dhoni
Although the Indian skipper might have offered to step down, at this point of time the entire nation is looking forward to him to see a glimpse of his magic. At this point he is the only person capable enough to drag the Indian team out of misery and put them on the right track. It is true that, in this series, Dhoni looked out of his depth as a leader and some of his decisions have backfired, but there is no immediate need to press the panic button. The last match of the series, will also be a chance of revival for ‘captain’ Dhoni as he will come out to lead in the most hostile conditions known to him. What he decides to do if he wins the toss, what team he chooses to play with, how he uses his bowlers and whether he again promotes himself to number four position, will all play a vital role in India’s performance tomorrow.
5) Play freely and hope for the best
Its understandable the Indians are under a lot of pressure about this particular series loss but as skipper Dhoni said in the last match that they should play freely in this match. Probably they should take inspirations from England, who performed miserably in the World Cup but did a complete turn around and went on to win the home series against New Zealand. The players should not let the recent past affect their on-field performances. Instead they should concentrate on their batting, bowling and fielding; planning and focus on executing them on the field and hope that the result turns up in their favour.
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