Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka 2021
2ns ODI – Tue, 25th May
TOUGH TASK FOR THE TOURISTS:
Hosts Bangladesh secured a breathtaking win over the weekend, courteousness of Mushfiqur Rahim’s wonderful fifty. Despite Wanindu Hasaranga showing some fight with the bat, the Bangladesh bowlers were able to shut out a crucial victory.
With impetus on their side, Bangladesh will look to wrap up a series victory on Tuesday. But there are a few fields where the hosts can build, with the likes of Taskin Ahmed and Liton Das eager to make up for their poor outings in the previous clash.
Possible playing XI: Tamim Iqbal (c), Liton Das, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Afif Hossain, Mehedy Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed.
Sri Lanka, on the contrary, were negated by Mehidy Hasan, who took a four-wicket haul with his off-spin. Kusal Perera and the remainder of the Lankan top-order flopped to fire as they left Isuru Udana and Wanindu Hasaranga with a heap too steep to overcome. Nevertheless, the visiting team will be hoping for enhanced performance from their batsmen as they look to level the series.
Possible playing XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera (c&wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Pathum Nissanka, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera, Ashen Bandara and Isuru Udana.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The second ODI game between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be played at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on 25th May, Tuesday.
As seen in the last game, the wicket has somewhat for the bowlers. While there is seam movement and swing on offer for the speedsters early on, the batters will fancy their prospects in the powerplay stage.
As the game proceeds, the wicket should slow down comprehensively, giving the spinners a better opportunity. The speedsters will also look to alter their pace, with Isuru Udana and Mustafizur Rahman doing it effortlessly in the first game. Both sides will look to bat upon winning the toss, with 260 being par at this ground.
Although both sides are evenly complemented on paper, Bangladesh might hold the advantage, owing to their recent shape and experience with home conditions. Either way, another extremely entertaining match of cricket summons in Dhaka.
Bangladesh looked at comfort in home conditions in the first game. With the pitch set to assist the spin bowlers even more in the 2nd match, Bangladesh’s batsmen seem tougher than Sri Lanka’s, and that gives them the advantage in this game.
As expected, Bangladesh begins as the utter favourites with the pre-match odds of 1.68, while Sri Lanka trail at 2.20. Despite a loss in the previous game, we reckon Sri Lanka can upset these odds in a matter of time. Also, with the toss playing a major factor, waiting for the toss before placing odds is could be wise.