Sri Lanka are riding high on the victory in the series opener against Bangladesh on Friday. With a quick turnaround between the two matches, the hosts will be eager to seal the series and win their first ODI bilateral contest at home since 2016. Bangladesh missed their talisman Shakib Al Hasan in the first match and their batsmen will have to put up an improved show to make a comeback.
Sri Lanka will definitely miss their veteran Lasith Malinga who bid adieu to ODI cricket after the first game. He returned with the figures of 3/38 and other bowlers should make amends now quickly in order to win the series on Sunday itself. For Bangladesh, their bowlers should keep getting breakthroughs to keep an eye on the run-scoring.
Dasun Shanaka has replaced Malinga in the squad for the last two matches. Though it remains to be seen if Sri Lanka will opt for his services or they include a specialist bowler. As far as Bangladesh is concerned, they might think of including Taskin Ahmed in the XI for either Shafiul Islam or Rubel Hossain.
The second 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.
As expected, the surface at R Premadasa Stadium was a brilliant one for batting. The team batting first benefitted once again and the same will most likely happen in the second game as well. Moreover, if the same pitch used for the series opener will be under the action, the scores could decrease and batting second will be extremely tough.
Average first innings score: 318 (Last five ODIs at the venue)
Record of the chasing team: Won – 1; Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs:
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (WK), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana/Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep.
Bench – Akila Dananjaya, Dasun Shanaka/Isuru Udana, Amila Aponso, Shehan Jayasuriya, Wanidu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha.
Tamim Iqbal (C), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun/Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed/Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam.
Bench – Anamul Haque/Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed/Rubel Hossain.
Dasun Shanaka will replace Lasith Malinga in the squad for the last two matches and is available for selection now.
Avishka Fernando in last six ODIs:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Kusal Perera.
Vice-Captain Options: Mushfiqur Rahim, Avishka Fernando, Sabbir Rahman.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Mushfiqur Rahim, Kusal Perera (VC)
Batsmen – Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar (C), Kusal Mendis, Avishka Fernando, Sabbir Rahman
All-Rounders – Dhananjaya de Silva
Bowlers – Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nuwan Pradeep.
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Mushfiqur Rahim
Batsmen – Tamim Iqbal (C), Soumya Sarkar, Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (VC)
All-Rounders – Mosaddek Hossain, Thisara Perera
Bowlers – Mustafizur Rahman, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara.
Soumya Sarkar bowls close to 5-6 overs apart from opening the batting. He could be made the captain or vice-captain of the team.
Tamim Iqbal is due a big score and with this being a must-win game, he could be made the captain in the grand leagues.
Toss will be vital once again and also, expect Bangladesh to come hard at Sri Lanka as the series is on the line.
*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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