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Friday, July 10, 2015, Ashar 26, 1422 BS, Ramadan 22, 1436 Hijr

Tigers want to bounce back in ODI series
Sports Reporter
Published :Friday, 10 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 9
Forgetting the disappointment of losing the T20 series against South Africa , host  Bangladesh will try to get back their consistency that they have been showing for the last few months when they will face the visitors  in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series  at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday.
The previous ODI meeting of these two was held in World Cup 2011 in Mirpur. The experience of the match was bitter for the host they were all out for only 78 runs and South Africa won by a huge 206 runs.
Though Bangladesh lost the last ODI between these two by a huge difference and completely outplayed in the recent T20 series, Tigers are confident enough as they have won three consecutive ODI series against Zimbabwe, Pakistan, and India in one cricketing season.  So they will try their best to boost their confidence again.
There is a another equation in this series, Bangladesh are now at No 7 in the ICC rankings and  have to remain within the top eight teams by the end of this series to play the 2017 Champions Trophy . But the sudden announcement of West Indies joining Pakistan and Zimbabwe in a tri-series next month means Bangladesh will have to win at least one match to book their qualification for the Champions Trophy.
For Bangladesh the match will be not easy and they have to keep the consistency that they have shown in recent past.  
In the last couple of ODI series Tigers batsmen did an excellent job. Tamim and Soumya the opening pair in good form.  As Mahmudullah back in the squad so the middle order has become more experienced with Shakib, Mushfiq and Mahmudullah. In the lower middle order Tigers have hard hitter like Sabbir and finisher Nasir while skipper Mashrafe also has the ability to go for big shots.
With the ball, Bangladesh may try to dominate the Protaes with their spin. In that case, Shakib, Sunny and Nasir are the main option for Bangladesh while they have part timer like Mahmudullah and Sabbir. Bangladesh may field leg spinner Jubair as an extra spinner in place of pacer Rubel. In the pace attack Mashrafe and Mustafiz will lead the Tigers.  
On the other hand , South Africa are one of the best ODI teams in the world, with a number of world class players in their ranks. Players such as Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, David Miller, Q de Kock, Imran Tahir have it in them to make life difficult for the hosts.
But the South African team has a woe with their batting line up as they are set to miss the power shots and effective contribution of AB de Villiers, who can change the course of the game in a matter of overs.
Though this is a concerning news for the Proteas, Tigers can heave a sigh of relief.
However, this match will be played under the new ODI rules, in which there need not be compulsory fielders in the 15-yard circle. In addition to the removal of the batting Powerplay and free-hits for all no-balls, five fielders are now allowed outside the 30-yard circle during the last 10 overs.

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