Sri Lanka has performed exceptionally in the three-match ODI series thus far. The Islanders are 2-0 up and would be eyeing a series whitewash when they face Bangladesh in the third and final ODI in Colombo. The Lankan bowlers gave their team early breakthroughs in both the encounters. Even their batting has been up to the mark with the likes of Avishka Fernando and Kusal Perera firing.
The Tigers, on the contrary, have looked rusty without their premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Barring Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman, none of the batters have stepped up. Tamim Iqbal is having a nightmare, both as the skipper and batsman. Even Mahmudullah hasn’t lived up to potentially being a senior player. The visitors have nothing, but pride to play for in the last encounter.
The third 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.
The pitch in the previous game at the same venue turned out to be on the slower side. The spinners got a lot of assistance and got a prodigious turn from the surface. But the likes of Rahim and Avishka showed that run-making isn’t that tough even on a slow wicket. Teams are likely to bat first as the deck may get slower as the game progresses. The hosts won’t mind chasing as well.
Average first innings score: 291 (Last five ODIs at the venue)
Record of the chasing team: Won – 2; Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs:
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (WK), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Kumara/Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep/Dasun Shanaka.
Bench – Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka/Nuwan Pradeep, Amila Aponso, Shehan Jayasuriya, Wanidu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha/Lahiru Kumara.
Tamim Iqbal (C), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun/Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah/Farhad Reza, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed/Shafiul Islam.
Bench – Anamul Haque/Mohammad Mithun, Taskin Ahmed/Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Farhad Reza/Mahmudullah
(Will be updated when there’s one)
Avishka Fernando in last seven ODIs:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Mushfiqur Rahim, Avishka Fernando, Soumya Sarkar
Vice-Captain Options: Kusal Perera, Tamim Iqbal, Kusal Mendis
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Kusal Perera (vc)
Batsmen – Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Avishka Fernando
All-Rounders – Dhananjaya de Silva
Bowlers – Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Akila Dananjaya
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Anamul Haque Bijoy, Mushfiqur Rahim
Batsmen – Mahmudullah, Dimuth Karunaratne, Avishka Fernando (c), Tamim Iqbal (vc)
All-Rounders – Mosaddek Hossain, Dhananjaya de Silva
Bowlers – Shafiul Islam, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep
Both teams could make a lot of changes since the game is a dead rubber. A lot of them, who played the last two games could be rested. Hence, it’s advisable to wait for the playing eleven before picking the teams.
Sri Lanka is expected to run away with a series whitewash.
*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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