The first ODI bilateral series post the World Cup will get underway on Thursday with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh locking horns in the first of the three-match ODI series. Both the sides didn’t have a decent outing in the mega event with the Islanders finishing at the sixth place while the Tigers ended up at the eighth position. Bangladesh though played some attractive cricket thanks to their talisman Shakib Al Hasan. They will miss him in this series and also their skipper Mashrafe Mortaza who has been ruled out due to injury.
Tamim Iqbal has been handed over the captaincy and it remains to be seen if the veteran carries the team on his shoulders properly. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has made significant changes to the World Cup squad. However, they have kept the faith in Dimuth Karunaratne as the skipper who was impressive in his stint at the helm. His team defeated the eventual World Champions England and would want to take confidence from those heroics going into this series.
The first ODI of the three-match series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be played at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (2:30 PM IST) (9:00 AM GMT). This game will be live on Sony Six in India. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Premadasa stadium hosted an ODI almost nine months ago and this is a start of a new home season for Sri Lanka. The surface should be a decent one to bat on and as usual in the Island nation, the pitch will definitely help the spinners as the match progresses. The team winning the toss will look to bat first and put runs on the board.
Average first innings score: 319 (Last four ODIs at the venue)
Record of the chasing team: Won – 1; Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (WK), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Lahiru Kumara/Nuwan Pradeep
Bench – Lahiru Thirimanne, Dasun Shanaka, Amila Aponso, Shehan Jayasuriya, Wanidu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara/Nuwan Pradeep.
Tamim Iqbal (C), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed/Taijul Islam.
Bench – Anamul Haque, Taijul Islam/Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain.
Dasun Shanaka has been picked for the second and third ODI. He will replace Lasith Malinga who is set to retire after the first match.
Angelo Mathews against Bangladesh in ODIs:
Batting Average: 54.75
Bowling Average: 26.12
Note: It is still unknown whether Mathews will bowl at all in this series.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Kusal Perera
Vice-captain options – Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Tamim Iqbal
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Mushfiqur Rahim (C), Kusal Perera
Batsmen – Mohammad Mithun, Soumy Sarkar, Dimuth Karunaratne, Avishka Fernando (VC)
All-Rounders – Mosaddek Hossain, Dhananjaya de Silva
Bowlers – Mustafizur Rahman, Lasith Malinga, Akila Dananjaya.
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Mushfiqur Rahim
Batsmen – Soumya Sarkar (C), Tamim Iqbal, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis (VC), Angelo Mathews
All-Rounders –Thisara Perera
Bowlers – Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana.
Dhananjaya de Silva was more or less Sri Lanka’s frontline spinner in the World Cup and he fared decently. He could be made C or VC given that he bats at six and can tonk the ball in the death overs.
It is tough to predict the winner of this match and the team batting first will have the advantage.
*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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