Sri Lanka will be favorites to win their game against Bangladesh
Our prediction is Sri Lanka to win!
Dimuth Karunaratne’s Sri Lanka set to take on depleted Bangladesh side in the third and final game of the one-day series at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.
For hosts, there is not much at stake as they have already secured the series after winning the second ODI by 7 wickets at Colombo on Sunday. On the other hand, Bangladesh will be keen to play for pride and end the tour with a consolation win.
Captain Tamim Iqbal will need to lead from the front and deliver runs with the bat in order for Bangladesh to avoid a possible whitewash at the hands of Sri Lanka on Wednesday. The visitors will be concerned over the lack of runs from the experienced players like Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah Riyad.
After an impressive all-round performance with the bat and ball in the previous match, there are not many changes expected in the playing for the third and final game of the one-day series.
In the batting department, the team will be depending in-form players like Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando to deliver bulk of the runs, whereas the team management will be hoping that Captain Dimuth Karunaratne will return to form in a dead rubber.
Karunaratne has failed to capitalize on his good starts in the first two games played against Bangladesh. Left-hander will be looking to do well and produce a notable score in the third and final game of the one-day series.
Opening batsman Avishka Fernando was the standout performer with the bat in the previous game. Chasing 239 runs, Fernando produced scintillating innings to help Sri Lanka get off to a flying start. He scored 82 off 75 balls with the help of 9 fours and 2 sixes and added crucial partnerships with Dimuth Karunaratne and then Kusal Perera to see Sri Lanka inch closer towards the target. Kusal Perera played a supporting role to Fernando and chipped in with 30 off 34 balls with the help of three boundaries.
The experienced middle-order duo of Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews put on an unbeaten 96- run partnership to steer Sri Lanka to a comfortable win and take 2-0 lead in the three-match one-day series. All-rounder Angelo Mathews scored a crucial half-century off 57 balls with the help of 7 fours. He was well supported by Mendis, who chipped in with 41 off 74 balls with the help of four boundaries.
In the bowling department, the team will be depending on pacers Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiru Kumara to provide make early inroads with the new-ball, whereas in spin department, the side will be hoping that the spin duo of Dhananjaya de Silva and Akila Dhananjaya can continue their good form in this final game as well.
Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (wk), Lahiru Thiramanne, Angelo Mathews, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Akila Dhananjaya, Lahiru Kumara.
Akila Dananjaya, Dimuth Karunaratne, Avishka Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis , Wanidu Hasaranga, Angelo Mathews, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
For visitors, they will be looking to salvage some pride and enter their tour on a positive note with a consolation victory. Captain Tamim Iqbal will be under the spotlight for lack of runs with the bat in the first two games of the one-day series. The match will also go to be of greater importance for opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, who scored just 19 runs in two innings at an average of 8.5. Left-hander will be focused to do well and fine form with the bat in this final game of the one-day series.
In the batting department, the side looks heavily reliant on the wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim to do the bulk of the scoring. Rahim was the standout performer for the side in the previous game and scored unbeaten 98 off 110 balls with the help of 6 fours and a six.
Bangladesh will be hoping that Mushfiqur Rahim can continue his good form and deliver the notable score in the third and final game of the one-day series. Besides Rahim, the likes of Soumya Sarkar, Muhammad Mithun, and Mahmudullah Riyad will need to produce notable scores in order for Bangladesh to earn a consolation win over Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraaz and Taijul Islam to provide crucial breakthroughs with the new ball.
Tamim Iqbal (captain), Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Muhammad Mithun, Shafiul Islam.
Taijul Islam, Mehedy Hasan, Mahmudullah, Shafiul Islam, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque
The wicket prepared for the game is expected to stay good for batting throughout which means a score in excess of 280 runs is highly possible. The weather is expected to have widely scattered showers early in the morning.
For the home side, R Premadasa Stadium has been a happy hunting ground in recent times. Sri Lanka has won four one-day matches in a row at this venue. On the other hand, Bangladesh has failed to register a win at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first on this surface. The spinners will get assistance from this surface.
Based on current form, Sri Lanka will be favorites to win their game against Bangladesh. The side produced yet another clinical performance with bat and ball to clinch the one-day series. Dimuth Karunaratne and co. will be looking to continue their winning streak and end the series on a winning note.
Expect Sri Lanka to complete a clean sweep over Bangladesh.