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- Bangladesh v England One-Day International series, second game (of three)
- Friday March 3, 2023 (6am UK)
- Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur
England are one win away from a first ODI series victory in five attempts.
They opened their account in Bangladesh with a successful chase of 210, but not one without issues as they had to recover from 65-4 and 161-7.
Ten wickets in the match fell to spin, with Malan (114 not out) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (58) passing 50.
It was certainly a case of giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other as in the first game preview we had Bangladesh to win and Malan to score a fifty. Had he got out in the sixties, say, both suggestions would surely have come in. Hey ho, that’s the way it goes.
Had England won at a canter in that game, I would have been thinking about maybe changing direction with my suggestion for the winner of the second ODI. But they didn’t, and Bangladesh were oh so close despite not having many runs to play with.
I just can’t get on board with a 2/5 shot on England with any great confidence, therefore am happy to stick with the outsiders. Betfair Sportsbook are have Bangladesh at 17/10, and I would be going low stakes on them.
Spin it to win it with Mehidy
Bangladesh offie Mehidy Hasan Miraz claimed 2-35 from seven overs yesterday.
He has now struck at least once in 14 of his last 15 ODIs dating backing to last February, including two four-wicket hauls, a three-for and a quartet of two-wicket bags.
At number eight with the bat, he also has scores of 38 not out and 100 not out in his last four games.
There are a couple of prices I like here on his success tomorrow.
The first is the 5/6 on over 35.5 with bet365 in their player performance market. That is a point a run, 10 per catch and 20 per wicket.
I would also be interested in taking the 5/4 Ladbrokes have on him to take over 1.5 wickets in the fixture.
Why divert from the main man Malan?
I expected Dawid Malan to have a good series, and he started off in such fashion, scoring a century to bring us home a 3/1 shot on him to score a fifty in the match.
So I don’t see any reason to change course.
Ladbrokes have him at 7/4 to again score a fifty in this fixture, something he has now done seven times in his 16-game ODI career.
Betfair Sportsbook have also priced the left-hander, who batted at three yesterday, at a juicy 4/1 to be England’s top run-scorer. He is joint second favourite (alongside Jason Roy) behind the 11/4 market leader Phil Salt. I’m not sure I agree with that thought.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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