Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka
|Date & Time||Friday July 26, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
R. Premadasa Stadium
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka are set to host Bangladesh in a 3-match ODI series. The first match of the series is set to take place at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Bangladesh last played at the ICC World Cup where they finished 8th with 7 points. While it was not the desired outcome for Bangladesh, the team had good games and defeated the likes of South Africa. The Bangladeshi batting was outstanding with Shakib Al-Hasan leading the team. Shakib scored 606 runs and was vital in ensuring the team competed against all the major nations. The bowling was led by Mustafizur Rahman who took 20 wickets in his 8 games. Returning to spinning conditions should aid Bangladesh as it will assist their bowling unit. Bangladesh have made some changes from their World Cup squad with players like Shakib being rested.
Sri Lanka had a decent World Cup campaign as the team finished 6th with 8 points. Sri Lanka were fortunate in getting points as two of their games were washed out. Sri Lanka had a big win over England but that was the only result worthy of notice. The Sri Lankan batting was poor throughout the tournament as they consistently lost wickets. The bowling also lacked penetration although Lasith Malinga had a good tournament. Sri Lanka have made some big changes for this series with players like Niroshan Dickwella returning to the team. This will be a tough match for Sri Lanka as they are competing against a very strong batting team in Bangladesh.
The conditions at the R. Premadasa Stadium should favor spin bowling. Bangladesh are gifted with Mehidy Hasan who should enjoy these conditions. Sri Lanka are lacking a quality spinner as was evident during the World Cup. That being said, Akila Dananjaya has returned to the squad and is capable of bowling spin.
Sri Lanka are a team in transition and they are lacking depth in batting. The Sri Lankan team looked poor with the bat during the World Cup and it is likely that will continue. Bangladesh are a settled team and the players understand their roles in the side. Bangladesh have more bases covered and I see them being too strong for Sri Lanka in this match.