Onus on seamers as Sri Lanka eye first home series win in 44 months

Angelo Mathews flays one away
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Colombo July 27, 2019

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The margin of defeat may have been large, but Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal was optimistic in his analysis of the first ODI.

"I thought the wicket was really good, 310 [314] I felt was a decent score. At half time we were happy, because I thought we came back strongly. And we believed that we had a chance of chasing this down," he said after the game on Friday.

But, of course, that analysis was with a certain Lasith Malinga removed from the equation. Fortunately for Bangladesh, all their future equations for the remainder of this series will not involve Malinga.

While that may give their top order a little more cause for optimism, there were nevertheless a few other concerns. In the field Bangladesh were sloppy, their bowlers wayward, and their batsman - Malinga yorker victims aside - wasteful. In summary, this looked a far cry from the team that had performed so admirably at the World Cup, and they will be fired up to take this series to a decider.

For Sri Lanka, much went right in the first game. They will have been pleased to see the top order clicking into gear, and the pace and threat of seamers Lahiru Kumara and Nuwan Pradeep would also have offered hope going forward. However, a lack of finishing ability at the death with the bat could have come back to haunt them on another, Malinga-less night, while their continuing inability to pick up wickets in the middle overs, nor stem the flow of runs therein, was again highlighted.

All things considered, expect a much closer affair second time around.

Form guide

Sri Lanka WLWLW (last five completed matches, most recent first)

Bangladesh LLLWL

In the spotlight

Tamim Iqbal got a Malinga classic to uproot his stumps in the first game, to go with a dropped catch earlier in the match. With Malinga now no longer a threat, Tamim will be hoping to build a better platform for his middle order to capitalise on.

Lasith Malinga was almost a one-man wrecking crew on Friday night, but his performance overshadowed that of Nuwan Pradeep, who picked up three wickets himself. Now tasked with leading the line on his own, Pradeep needs to show Sri Lanka's fast-bowling legacy is in good hands.

Team news

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), 2 Kusal Perera (wk), 3 Avishka Fernando, 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Lahiru Thirimanne, 7 Dhananjaya de Silva, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Dasun Shanaka, 10 Nuwan Pradeep, 11 Lahiru Kumara

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Mohammad Mithun, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Sabbir Rahman, 7 Mossadek Hossain, 8 Mehidy Hasan, 9 Shafiul Islam, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Rubel Hossain

Pitch and conditions

Khettarama has always been good for batting, as it proved in the first ODI. With the skies expected to be clear, winning the toss and batting should be a no-brainer.

Stats and trivia

  • It has been 23 completed games since Sri Lanka last won two ODIs in a row, dating back to August 2018. They haven't won a home series since defeating West Indies in November 2015

  • Apart from Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka is now Bangladesh's most frequent ODI opponent with 46 games played between them

  • Bangladesh haven't lost four ODIs in a row since 2017


"I thought we started very poorly with the ball, we gave away way too many easy boundaries to them. The whole batting line-up, right throughout, was also very disappointing."

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal knows the team has to improve in a lot of areas

"We have some good fast bowlers, but we also need to keep an eye out for new talent that we can fast track. Do they bowl a good slower ball, or a good yorker? We need to find bowlers like that and get them to focus on improving those particular skills. If we keep waiting for bowlers to gain experience before coming into the side, we're going to miss out on talent."

Lasith Malinga on how to find the next Lasith Malinga.

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