Bangladesh will face off against Sri Lanka in the second ODI match of Sri Lanka’s tour of Bangladesh. The first game was won by the home side. They lead the series now 1-0 and will want to wrap it up with another win. On the other hand, the visitors will want to try and play some better live cricket. They will be keen on making a comeback into this game.
Bangladesh kept their home winning streak going and moving fourth in the Super League table with 40 points. Mushfiqur Rahim’s nearly a run-a-ball 84, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah’s half-centuries and the hosts were able to post a decent 257. Mehidy Hasan took a four-fer, giving 30 runs, and played a great cricket match. Mustafizur Rahman’s three and Saifuddin’s two-wicket hauls kept the Lankan batting on the grounds. However, one main highlight for Bangladesh would be young Afif stepping up and finishing strong.
Bangladesh squad: Tamim Iqbal (c), Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam
Sri Lanka – after a disappointing loss – remain 12th on the Superleague with a score of -2 and will have some serious soul searching to do. Their fresh squad approach didn’t help at all and the visitors looked completely puzzled. Wanindu Hasaranga with 74 runs was the only star for the Lankans. Kusal Perera promised at the top with 30 runs but couldn’t get it going. Dhananjaya Silva was the only bowler with a real impact as he picked three wickets.
Sri Lanka squad: Kusal Perera (c), Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella, Dushmantha Chameera, Ramesh Mendis, Asitha Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have faced each other 49 times in ODI matches. Lanka have won 39 matches while Bangladesh has won on eight occasions.
As Kusal Perera mentioned, the pitch is not very easy to bat. The track is expected to remain spin-friendly. Spinners accounted for 10 of the 16 wickets in the first ODI. Rain is a possibility and the game could be interrupted. However, Bangladesh should emerge as a winner.
Date and Time:
May 25, 2021, 12:30 PM IST
Sher e Bangla Stadium, Dhaka