Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka 2021
3RD ODI – Fri, 28th May
WHITEWASH ON THE CARDS?
Bangladesh marched to a series win, racing on the back of a spectacular Mushfiqur Rahim century earlier in the week. It wasn’t just Mushfiqur Rahim as the bowlers also joined the party, with Mustafizur Rahman apparently back to his absolute best.
Bangladesh will be poised entering this game, and will want to back their strengths, Despite the series now being wrapped up, Bangladesh will be wanting another win to finish a whitewash.
Possible playing XI: Tamim Iqbal (c), Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun/Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Mehedy Hasan, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam.
Sri Lanka, on the contrary, have flopped miserbaly to deliver as a group so far. Barring a few noteworthy aids from Dushmantha Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga and Isuru Udana the Sri Lankans have tussled against the hosts.
If they are to recover somewhat out of the series, they will need their batting roster to fire, with skipper Kusal Perera being crucial. They could make a few changes in the team to find the best combination.
Possible playing XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera (c&wk), Kusal Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Pathum Nissanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Ramesh Mendis and Isuru Udana.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The third and final ODI between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be played at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on 28th May Friday.
As seen in this series, the wicket is somewhat on the slower side, with rain also being spoilsport on a few instances. Nevertheless, there is still price for shots on this wicket. While there is some seam movement and swing on bid early on, the speedsters should perfectly revert to off-pace deliveries. The spin bowlers will have a big day in the actions, paving the path for an exhilarating game between bat and ball in the middle overs. Both sides will look to bat first given the sluggishness of the pitch, with 260+ being a modest total at this ground.
Although Bangladesh will begin the game as the obvious favourites, Sri Lanka cannot be written off at any cost. With both sides eyeing a victory, we should be in for a suitable end to what has been an amusing series.
Bangladesh have set a new benchmark with the two wins. They enter this game at the pre-match odds of 1.60, where Sri Lanka trail behind at 2.35. The pitch has supported spin bowlers, and thus, Sri Lanka have good chances of making a comeback with the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga. Thus, the toss can play into the hands of the skipper.