After the rain-washed first ODI, Scotland and Sri Lanka to clash for the title by winning the only ODI match remaining.
While it is expected from the hosts to put up a good show, the statistics are in favour of the visitors. We predict Sri Lanka to win the second ODI and clinch the series.
Sri Lanka is struggling with 8 consecutive ODI losses, all being away matches, while Scotland can boast of the famous win against England. The hosts also came within 2 runs of beating Afghanistan in the last series. Scotland batsmen have shown what they are capable of, by scoring plenty of runs in the ODIs in the previous series. Their first match of the series was washed-out, also their series against Afghanistan was spoiled by the rain.
Sri Lanka’s idea of playing in England and Scotland before the World Cup 2019 is partially ruined by the rain and now they are left with just one ODI before the World Cup and they would be hoping to be able to play and get some match practice. They would want to enter the biggest cricket tournament after winning the ODI.
Scotland has produced some of the finest matches recently. It includes the win against top-ranked team England and the win over Sri Lana in unofficial 50-over games played before the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The Saltires also won the T20 tri-series in the Netherlands and clinched the T20 quadrangular-series in Oman in February this year.
The skipper Kyle Coetzer has been amazing in the past few matches. Scotland also has some very good talented players like George Munsey, Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod. In the historic match England in June-2018, Calum MacLeod has scored the match-winning century. The Saltires defeated Afghanistan in 2018 World Cup Qualifier, with MacLeod and Berrington made 208 runs partnership. George Munsey too played a key role in the historic match against England, by posting his ODI career-best 55 off 51 balls.
The hosts missed the ticket to the World Cup, additionally, a few of their recent matches are affected by rain, denying them the chance to perform against good sides. Against Sri Lanka in the only ODI remaining, Scotland would look for positive outcomes as they would play with all the energy and passion.
Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Michael Leask, Mark Watt, Tom Sole, Safyaan Sharif, Brad Wheal.
Tom Sole, Calum MacLeod, Matthew Cross, Craig Wallace, Bradley Wheal, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, George Munsey, Alasdair Evans, Michael Leask, Kyle Coetzer
Sri Lanka is yet to win a match on foreign soil after their 79 runs win over Bangladesh in January 2018. Their last ODI wins outside the subcontinent was in July 2017 against Zimbabwe. Clearly, they are struggling to defeat a good team away from their home. Scotland could be a good opportunity for Sri Lanka to reset some of the unwanted figures and improve many others. After losing 8 straight ODI matches to New Zealand and South Africa, Sri Lanka would want to win this one badly. As the result of the match would also decide the series winner, Sri Lanka has a great opportunity to clinch the series after losing 5 tournaments. Unless the match is halted due to rain, the new skipper Karunaratne will get a chance to try out a few players before the World Cup.
Thisara Perera has been the star performer for Sri Lanka. He grabbed 20 wickets in the last 17 games and scored more than 500 plus in the last 12 months. Sri Lanka's bowling unit is led by the genius Lasith Malinga who has taken 21 wickets in last 14 matches.
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay
Dimuth Karunaratne, Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis , Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne
The venue of the match is Grange Cricket Club, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. The pitch is known to produce colossal scoring matches due to the flat surface and short boundaries. The highest total posted on this ground is 371. Teams batting first have scored 300 plus runs in three of the last four completed games at the.
With a high probability of rain, and chances of the D/L method coming to action, fielding fist won’t be a bad option. It would be a good toss to win and field first to get less impacted by rain and the D/L method.
This is a match between 1996 world-cup winner Sri Lanka and relatively new but promising team Scotland. The visitors’ recent performance against teams like South Africa and New Zealand are forgettable. The rain may change the equations and D/L method may introduce some uncertainty, still beating Scotland in the ODI should not be a problem for the visitors. It is going to be an interesting match but the records favour Sri Lanka. if we could get the result despite high chances of rain, it is likely to go in favour of the visitors. Thus, we predict that Sri Lanka would beat Scotland to win the ODI series 1-0.
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