The 3rd and final game of the 3-match Unofficial ODI series between Bangladesh Emerging Team and Sri Lanka Emerging Team will be hosted by the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (3:00 AM GMT) (8:30 AM IST).
Bangladesh Emerging Team bounced back strongly in the unofficial ODI series against Sri Lanka Emerging team to square the 3-match series 1-1. The Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna will host the deciding final match of the series on Saturday. In the first game, the hosts were bundled out for only 118 while chasing a target of 305 and lost the match by a huge margin on 186 runs.
Sri Lanka, who elected to bat for the 2nd time in a row, made 273/10 in 49.4 overs. Fifties from Pathum Nissanka and Kamindu Mendis played a key role in pushing them to a respectable total. Skipper Nazmul Hossain Shanto (77) and Yasir Ali Chowdhury (85) added 120 for the 3rd wicket as they cruised to 184/2 in the 36th over. Despite losing wickets they finished the chase with three balls and two wickets in hand.
It could be a miracle if we get a full 50-over game in Khulna on Saturday. The venue is under constant threat from the rain. About 90% precipitation is predicted in the weather forecast on Saturday from 9 AM to 12 PM. This is enough to abandon the game if it comes true.
Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna will host a professional One-Day match for the first time in seven years. The venue has been permitted to host multi-day matches since 2013 but it did host a couple of T20s until 2016. Going through the scorecards of the past matches, the venue in Khulna might play similar to that of the KSP Ground which hosted the first two matches of this series. Scoring 280+ might not be easy here.
Probable Playing XIs:
Bangladesh Emerging Team:
Saif Hasan, Naim Sheikh, Nazmul Hossain Shanto (C), Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Afif Hossain, Aminul Islam Biplob, Jaker Ali (WK), Nayeem Hasan, Yeasin Arafat, Shafiqul Islam, Shahidul Islam.
Bench – Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Tanvir Islam, Mahidul Islam, Sumon Khan.
Sri Lanka Bangladesh Emerging Team:
Pathum Nissanka, Sandun Weerakkody, Charith Asalanka (C), Sammu Ashan, Kamindu Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Jehan Daniel, Shiran Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, Amila Aponso.
Bench – Minod Banuka, Sachindu Colombage, Ramesh Mendis, Hasitha Boyagoda, Kalana Perera.
Pathum Nissanka played a good hand at the top countering the threat of the new ball. He performed well during the tour of South Africa with the Sri Lankan Emerging team. Yasir Ali Chowdhury has a good record in the limited-overs and his knock in the 2nd unofficial ODI was an example of his skill set.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Wanindu Hasaranga, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Saif Hasan, Kamindu Mendis
Vice-Captain – Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Jehan Daniel
Kamindu Mendis played a good knock in the previous match. He went wicketless but was the 3rd most economical bowler in the whole game.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sandun Weerakkody
Batsmen – Pathum Nissanka, Saif Hasan, Yasir Ali Chowdhury (C), Nazmul Hossain Shanto
All-Rounders – Charith Asalanka, Kamindu Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga (VC)
Bowlers – Shafiqul Islam, Shiran Fernando, Yeasin Arafat
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sandun Weerakkody
Batsmen – Pathum Nissanka, Saif Hasan, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Nazmul Hossain Shanto (VC)
All-Rounders – Afif Hossain, Jehan Daniel, Kamindu Mendis (C)
Bowlers – Shafiqul Islam, Nuwan Thushara, Shiran Fernando
Bangladesh brought in Jaker Ali and Sumon Khan after losing the first game. However, this time, they might bring back Shahidul Islam as Sumon was quite expensive. Sri Lanka might also bring in a bowler as most of them conceded plenty in the previous match.
Sri Lanka Emerging Team might get a tough fight from the hosts in this series-decider.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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