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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 2nd ODI: Can the visitors secure an unassailable lead?

Sri Lanka

After a comprehensive win in the first ODI of the series at Dambulla, Mashrafe Mortaza and his men will be eyeing a win in the second ODI at the same venue and secure an unimaginable series win away from home. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will play to keep the series alive and take it to the third game at Colombo for the decider. 

 

Bangladesh Team News

With Tamim Iqbal striking form at the right time and Shakib's heroics with both and ball continuing from the test series, it is most likely that the visitors are going to retain their playing XI from the first match. Mehedi Hasan, who was a last-minute inclusion to the team, justified his selection with an excellent spell with the new ball. Mortaza and Mustafizur Rehman impressed with the ball yet again and an overall team performance earned Bangladesh a much-deserved win. It is quite unlikely that the skipper is going to try any new combination. 

 

 

Sri Lanka Team News

Niroshan Dickwella, who was handed a two-match, will return to the team and is probably going to replace the out of form Danushka Gunathilaka in the playing eleven. Chasing a massive 325 in the first ODI, none of the batsmen apart from Chandimal and Perera stood up to face the challenging total and the result was a humiliating defeat for the hosts. Skipper Upul Tharanga wouldn't want that to be repeated in the second ODI. Sri Lanka have never lost a bilateral series against Bangladesh and will be keen on keeping the record alive. 

Upul Tharanga, the current limited overs skipper of the Lankan team, is going to play his 200th ODI for the Islanders on Tuesday. In the 199 ODIs so far, he has scored 5829 runs with 14 centuries and 30 half-centuries at an average of 33.11. His highest score of 174* came against India at Kingston, Jamaica in 2013. He stands 8th on the list of most ODI runs for Sri Lanka in One Day Internationals. 

 

 

X-Factors:

Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan has been the key player for Bangladesh since a long time and continues to be so even in this series. His innings was the turning point in the first ODI and he is more than dependable with the ball. If the Sri Lankan players can keep Shakib out of the equation, their path to victory can be much smoother.

 

Sri Lanka

Pretty much like Shakib, all-rounder Thisara Perera is a crucial link in the Lankan squad. With an ability to contribute both with the bat and the ball, Perera has a knack of scoring runs at important stages of the game and break crucial partnerships of the opposition while bowling. If he shines for Sri Lanka, they can have the upper hand in the game. 

Schdedule: 28th March, 2017 | 1430 Local (1430 IST)

Venue: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla

 

Probable XI:

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga (capt.), Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Asela Gunaratne, Milinda Siriwardana, Sachit Pathirana, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara.

Bangladesh: Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmadullah, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt.), Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman. 

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