After a return to ODI cricket after a 10-month absence, the Bangladesh Tigers saw it all go wrong as Afghanistan scored a startling two-wicket upset on Wednesday. The two nations now play their third and deciding One Day International match, a match that will stream live on Saturday, with Bangladesh looking to seal a series win — which would be their sixth in a row in 50-overs bilateral series, going back to November of 2014.
Scroll down this page for live stream information on the Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan Third ODI cricket match.
A victory for Bangladesh on Wednesday at Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium would be historic in another way for the Tigers — the win would be their 100th in ODI cricket.In the history of Bangladesh cricket, the team has played 314 ODI matches, winning 99 and losing 211 with four no results. A full 16 of those wins have come during the current Bangladesh ODI hot streak.
In fact, in bilateral ODI series competition, not only has Bangladesh won five straight series, but the Tigers have won 16 of the 18 matches played over that span — including the narrow escape against Afghanistan in the first ODI Sunday.
"If Bangladesh succeeds tomorrow, the 100th win will be a remarkable achievement, and I want to reach this milestone in the next match and clinch the series," Bangladesh Captain Mashrafe Mortaza said earlier in the week. "We look forward to play positive cricket, and hopefully the problems we had earlier will not affect our performance in the games ahead."
Watch highlights of the seven-run Bangladesh win over Afghanistan — the 10th-ranked ODI side in the world, compared to a number-seven ranking for the hosts — a match that went to the final ball, in the video below courtesy of Willow TV.
And watch highlights the stunning Afghanistan upset in the second ODI, below.
Also in the first ODI, Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan claimed his 207th ODI wicket, making the left-arm spinner the leading wicket taker in the 50-overs format that Bangladesh has ever had. The record made Shakib the top wicket-taker for his country in all three formats of cricket — the only bowler in the world to boast that achievement for any national side.To find out how to watch a live stream of the Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan second ODI match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Start time is set for 2:30 p.m. Bangladesh Standard Time on Sunday, September 25, at Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh.
For fans in the United States, the live stream will get underway at 4:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 1:30 a.m. Pacific. In Afghanistan, the live stream begins at 1 p.m.
Here are the projected teams for the third ODI match.
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes/Soumya Sarkar, 3 Mahmudullah, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Sabbir Rahman, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), 9 Mosharraf Hossain, 10 Taijul Islam, 11 Taskin Ahmed.
Afghanistan: 1 Mohammad Shahzad (wicketkeeper), 2 Nawroz Mangal, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi, 5 Asghar Stanikzai (captain), 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Najibullah Zadran, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mirwais Ashraf, 10 Dawlat Zadran, 11 Naveen-ul-Haque.
A small amount of rain is in the forecast for Saturday afternoon in Dhaka, but delays in play are unlikely.
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The Bangladesh TV network GTV offers a live stream of the match for free at this link.
In Afghanistan, as well as throughout the Middle East and North Africa, the Dubai-based Orbit Showtime Network will stream the game live at this link. But the stream will work only in those regions.
In the United States, the best way to watch the Bangladesh Tigers go for their 100th ODI victory in the second match against Afghanistan from Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh, live online is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link with a monthly subscription fee, as well as on Willow TV's own site, accessible by clicking here.
There are legal ways to watch cricket Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the entire Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan three-ODI cricket series, for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link.
But the most reliable method is to use the 30-day free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes Willow TV and the Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan Second ODI cricket match. Information on how to sign up for the free and legal Sling TV offer can be found by clicking on this link.
Keep in mind that using the Sling TV package, the Bangladesh vs, Afghanistan third ODI will start on the Willow Xtra channel, and then switch to the main Willow TV channel about three hours later, once India and New Zealand have wrapped up their Test match play for the day.
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