After Stuart Binny's six for four took India to a 47-run win over Bangladesh in the second ODI, the visitors will be eyeing a whitewash in the last match of the three-match series in Mirpur on Thursday.
Bangladesh had a golden chance to level the series after India were bowled out for 105 thanks to Taskin Ahmed's five-wicket haul on debut. But the pace combination of Binny and Mohit Sharma (4 for 22) saved India from humiliation as they bundled out Bangladesh for their lowest every ODI total (58) to help the visitors defend their lowest score against the hosts.
Binny came on to bowl when Bangladesh were 44/2 and looked settled, but from that point on, Binny and Mohit Sharma combined to pack up the hosts in 17.4 overs after rain during India's innings reduced the match to a 41-overs-a-side affair.
For India, the only cause of concern will be the performance of their middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. (AFP Photo)
For India, the only cause of concern will be the performance of their middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. He has been dismissed cheaply for scores of 0 and 11 in both matches, although he suffered in the first game due to an umpiring error. Time is certainly running out for Pujara as far as his place in the ODI side is concerned. Not the quickest of fielders, Pujara has not even managed a score 20 plus in the five ODIs he has played so far.
With the series already pocketed, it would be interesting to see whether skipper Raina, along with coach Duncan Fletcher, experiments a bit with the middle-order.
Also bit of a worry is Ambati Rayudu. He on his part, has never looked in control of situations in the 12 ODIs that he has played so far. A strike-rate of less than 70 in ODIs in these days with field restrictions loaded in favour of batsmen is not exactly what is expected from a specialist willow wielder.
Bangladesh made a valiant try to defuse India's talented batting order by preparing a seaming pitch which aided their three-pronged pace attack with teen debutant Taskin turning out to be a revelation. Little did they know that it would boomerang on them as they neither had the technique nor the gumption to counter the swinging deliveries of Binny.
It will be trouble either ways for Bangladesh as a flat track will be a giveaway even for this second-rung Indian batting line-up but a track with seam and bounce might spell doom for their batsmen whose questionable temperament has been thoroughly exposed.
With only two competent batsmen in all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim in the set-up, it will be a Herculean task for their coach Chandika Hathurasinghe to turn the tide around.
Tamim Iqbal, who once used to be India's nemesis, has completely gone off the boil since the ICC World T20. Some of his strokes in the recent past call for sanction and in this scenario, one can safely assume that Indians are overwhelming favourites for a clean sweep.
(With PTI inputs)