Man of the Match: Avishka Fernando
Sri Lanka will be looking to close the series!
Our Prediction is Sri Lanka to win!
Host Sri Lanka will be looking to clinch the one-day series when they will face Bangladesh in the second ODI in Colombo on Sunday.
In the opening game of the one-day series, it was Sri Lanka who came out on top after registering a thumping 93-run win over Bangladesh. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne will be pleased with his side’s clinical performances with bat and ball. The home side delivered the goods to give a befitting farewell to their legendary pace bowler Lasith Malinga.
On the other hand, Bangladesh will be keen to make a strong comeback in the one-day series. Captain Tamim Iqbal will be hoping that the side can learn from their mistakes and level the series on Sunday.
The most satisfying aspect for the home side in first ODI’s victory was the team’s batting performance, and Dimuth Karunaratne-led unit will be hoping to continue their good show with the bat in this game.
The team will be relying on captain Karunaratne to lead from the front alongside experienced Kusal Perera in the batting department, whereas veteran all-rounder Thisara Perera will have a task to pile on big runs in the later stages of the innings.
In the previous game, Kusal Perera was the star performer with the bat for Sri Lanka. He scored a breathtaking 111 runs off 99 balls with the help of 17 fours and a six. Left-hander will be looking to continue his good form with the bat in this game as well.
He was well supported by wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Mendis, who chipped in with 43 off 49 balls with the help of four boundaries. Mendis will be keen to show some consistency with the bat in the remaining two games of the one-day series.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews also chipped in with crucial scores to see Sri Lanka post 314 for 8 in their 50 overs. All-rounder Angelo Mathews continued his rich vein of form and chipped in with 48 off 52 balls with the help of three boundaries. Lahiru Thiramanne and Dhananjaya de Silva also played useful cameos to push Sri Lanka beyond 300 runs.
In the bowling department, the home side will be relying on the likes of Nuwan Pradeep and Kasun Rajitha to make early inroads with the new ball. The pace bowlers will really have to stand up and raise their game after veteran pacer Lasith Malinga played his last one-day game in Colombo. Malinga was once again instrumental in helping Sri Lanka register a comprehensive win over Tamim Iqbal’s Bangladesh.
Off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva also bowled exceedingly well and picked up two wickets in the opening game of the one-day series.
For Sri Lanka, pace bowler Kasun Rajitha will replace Lasith Malinga, who played his last one-day international in Colombo.
Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (wk), Lahiru Thiramanne, Angelo Mathews, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka/Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
Avishka Fernando, Isuru Udana, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Akila Dananjaya, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lahiru Kumara, Kusal Mendis , Dimuth Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep
On the other hand, Tamim Iqbal and co. will need to improve their game in order to level the one-day series on Sunday.
Captain Tamim Iqbal’s poor form continued as he was dismissed for a duck in the previous game. The side will be hoping that Iqbal can deliver big runs with the bat in this game.
Wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim continued his good form with the bat in the 50-over format, which was a big positive for Bangladesh in the previous game. He scored 67 runs off 86 balls with the help of five boundaries. With the side reeling at 39 for 4, Rahim put on a 111-run partnership with Sabbir Rahman to lead the fightback in the chase.
Sabbir Rahman also played exceedingly well and scored 60 off 56 balls with the help of seven boundaries. He will be keen to continue his decent form with the bat in this game.
In the bowling department, left-arm Mustafizur Rahman will lead the pace attack, whereas off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz will the premier spin option for this game. For Bangladesh, Taskin Ahmed might get a spot in the playing eleven in place of Shafiul Islam.
Tamim Iqbal (captain), Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain/Taskin Ahmed, Muhammad Mithun, Shafiul Islam
Mosaddek Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Mehedy Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal
The surface at the venue traditionally favors the batsmen while spinners might get some turn in the second half of the innings. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Sunday is expected to have scattered thunderstorms in the morning.
In the previous game, Sri Lanka delivered a dominant performance with the bat and ball to beat Bangladesh. The home side has an excellent head-to-head record against Bangladesh at this venue. Bangladesh will need to produce something special to make a comeback in the one-day series.
Without any hesitation, both the teams would be keen to win the toss and bat first on such a placid surface. Batting second might prove to be a difficult proposition as spinners will get more out of the surface.
Host Sri Lanka will be favorites to win their game against Bangladesh. With the likes of Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews producing runs with the bat for Sri Lanka in the previous game, the home side will be confident of doing well in this game.
On the other hand, Bangladesh will be expecting that their premier players can raise their game and deliver the goods with the bat and ball.
Expect Sri Lanka to win this game and clinch the one-day series against Bangladesh.