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TIME TO REVERSE THE TREND:Cheteshwar Pujara has hardly done anythingof note in ODIs and, if given a chance in the final match, will be eager tocome good. —Photo: PTI
TIME TO REVERSE THE TREND:Cheteshwar Pujara has hardly done anythingof note in ODIs and, if given a chance in the final match, will be eager tocome good. —Photo: PTI

Having recorded an improbable victory after defending the lowest-ever score in the history of the game, a confident Indian team would look to go for the kill by completing a 3-0 rout when it meets an out-of-sync Bangladesh in the final one-dayer here on Thursday.

Defending a paltry 105 with an astounding show, the ‘Men In Blue’ will be on cloud nine as they gear up for a ‘Whitewash’ of Mushfiqur Rahim and Co.

Suresh Raina’s boys will now go for the jugular in the final match of the series to end on a high.

Raina will be happy that while his openers set up a well-deserved win in the first ODI, his seamers did a splendid job in a low-scoring match on Tuesday.

If his middle-order batsmen can get some runs under their belt in Thursday’s match, the team will feel that it has ticked all the boxes during this hurriedly sandwiched series before the England tour.

For India, the only cause of concern will be the performance of its middle-order batsmen Ambati Rayudu and Cheteshwar Pujara.

While Rayudu was unbeaten during the first match, Pujara has been dismissed cheaply for scores of 0 and 11 in both matches although he suffered in the first one due to an umpiring error.

The teams (from): India: Suresh Raina (captain), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Wriddhiman Saha, Akshar Patel, Parveez Rasool, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra, R. Vinay Kumar, Kedar Jadhav and Manoj Tiwary.

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Mithun Ali, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyadh, Zia-ur-Rahaman, Nasir Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Mominul Hassan, Abdur Razzak and Shamsur Rahaman. — PTI

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