Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh – 2nd One-Day International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh taking place? Sunday 28th July, 10:00 (UK)

Where is Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh taking place? Colombo

What is the expected weather for Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh? 30c and sunshine forecast

What channel is Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh on? Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh will not be shown live in the UK

Where can I stream Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh? Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh will not be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh? Tickets can be purchased directly from the stadium for this match

LAST MEETING
Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 91 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SRI LANKA

  • Sri Lanka won the opening ODI in this three-match series and the win in Colombo was significant as it was superstar Lasith Malinga’s final ODI match for his country as he brought an end to his magnificent 15-year career with three wickets as he inspired them to victory.
  • With Malinga departed, Dasun Shanaka was the played called up to replace him and he will be competing with Isuru Udana and Kasun Rajitha for Malinga’s spot in the bowling attack for this game.
  • Kusal Perera continued his solid form from the World Cup as he hit an impressive century with his 111 coming from just 99 balls and they will be keen to bat first here once again if possible to get runs on the board, while the starting line-up is likely to just contain that one solitary change.

BANGLADESH

  • Bangladesh were disappointing with bat and ball in the opening one-day international as they were seemingly caught up in the occasion of Malinga’s final ODI and skipper Tamim Iqbal was as guilty as anybody as he the veteran took his wicket for a duck in the opening over of the run chase.
  • With Mashrafe Mortaza injured and key duo Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das both rested by the selectors for this series, they are under strength and they will have to raise their game notably after that disappointing 91-run loss.
  • The batting especially continues to be close to their strongest line-up barring star all-rounder Shakib and stand-in captain Tamim will be under pressure to produce the goods here after his miserable duck and all round performance in that opening match.

THE PREDICTION

Sri Lanka have not won an ODI series at home for almost four years now but they have a golden opportunity here against Bangladesh after winning the first match. Malinga has said his farewells and life without the star pace bowler begins here as a new era of younger seam bowlers take over. The pitch itself looks to be a good batting strip and the toss will be key here. Batting first and getting runs on the board will be the way forward, and after the disappointing first match and now the euphoria of Malinga’s retirement has died down, expect the Bangladeshi Tigers to bounce back and level the series in this one.

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