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Bangladesh’s experienced core leading the way with the bat? Check. Sri Lanka’s inconsistency coming back to haunt them? Check. The slow nature of the Mirpur track rewarding a middling score by today’s batting standards? Check.
Sunday’s first ODI, where Bangladesh took a 1-0 series lead, had a familiar tale. Before the BCB President slammed the shot selection of their batsmen, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, three of Bangladesh’s linchpins in ODI cricket, led the way to get Bangladesh to 257 after falling to 99/4. The inconsistent performances of players such as Liton Das and Mohammad Mithun remains a worry, but the finishing of Afif Hossain gives Bangladesh extra positives from a batting point of view.
Sri Lanka had their moments on Sunday, but as has been the case over the past few years, they produced too many periods of poor cricket. Only Wanindu Hasaranga’s excellent batting saved Sri Lanka from a heavier defeat, and they will now be looking to avoid their fifth straight ODI loss in 2021. To do that, their batsmen in particular must take responsibility.
Key Players to Watch/Key Stats
- Shakib Al Hasan had a quiet game last time out, which included a poor dismissal (15 off 34 balls and 1/44). He will be looking to fire in this game at number three; a batting position that he enjoys in ODIs (24 inns, 1,192 runs, avg. 56.76, SR 87.64).
- Shakib simply loves this ground. He averages nearly 40 with the bat in 83 ODIs (2,549 runs, avg. 39.21), along with 120 wickets. No other player has 100 scalps at the Shere-Bangla Stadium.
- Tamim Iqbal is looking in good touch. He had a fine Test series in Sri Lanka recently (90, 74*, 92, 24), and is coming off a half-century in the first ODI. That was Tamim’s 24th 50+ score in 81 ODIs on this ground, with an overall average of 35.44.
- Mushfiqur Rahim was deservedly player of the match in the first ODI (84 off 87 balls). The keeper-batsman looked to be batting on a different surface to everyone else. He has the most runs of any current player in BAN-SL ODIs (867, avg. 30.96), and averages 35.18 in 89 matches on this ground.
- Mahmudullah’s 54 in the first ODI was just his 2nd fifty in 25 ODI innings vs Sri Lanka. Can he back it up with another?
- Mehidy Hasan Miraz ripped through Sri Lanka on Sunday. He took 4/30, and now has 13 scalps in nine ODIs vs the Lions at an average of 31.69. He will be looking to bring that average down further.
- Mustafizur Rahman simply loves bowling on this ground. He has taken 44 wickets in just 19 ODIs at the Shere-Bangla National Stadium, after taking 3/34 on Sunday.
- Mohammad Saifuddin (13* off 9 balls and 2/49) can offer value with both bat and ball.
- Wanindu Hasaranga has just one wicket in four ODIs this year, but he has been simply brilliant with the bat in recent times. His last three ODI scores read: 47 (31), 80* (60) and 74 (60).
- Danushka Gunathilaka was looking good in the first ODI before chipping one back to Mehidy (21 off 19 balls). He enjoyed an excellent series against West Indies earlier this year. He made scores of 55, 96 and 36. Key player.
- Kusal Perera (13 inns, 475 runs, avg. 39.58) and Kusal Mendis (10 inns, 369 runs, avg. 41.00) both have good records against Bangladesh. So, they will be looking to bounce back after poor dismissals on Sunday.
- Dhananjaya de Silva’s all-round ability will be key for Sri Lanka. He took 3/45 in the first ODI, and will be looking to score runs in the second.
- Dushmantha Chameera’s yorkers were terrific at the death. So, the fact he bowled just eight overs was poor from Sri Lanka. Expect him to bowl more in the death overs, which provides wicket-taking potential.
- Will Sri Lanka stick with Isuru Udana? He was poor in the opening ODI, going for 64 in a lower-scoring match. If he plays, he will again have a key role to play in the death overs.
Stats and Facts
- Bangladesh’s win in the first ODI was just their 8th in 47 completed ODIs against Sri Lanka. Also, it broke a run of 10 consecutive matches without a win in internationals.
- Bangladesh have never won a bilateral ODI series against Sri Lanka. Their best result was a 1-1 draw in both 2013 and 2017.
- Sri Lanka have lost all four ODIs so far in 2021, after losing 3-0 to West Indies.
Possible Playing 11
BCB President Nazmul Hossain said that Liton Das is better suited for the middle order in ODI cricket. It remains to be seen if the thinktank chooses this option. If they do, Soumya Sarkar could be brought in to open, with either Liton or Mohammad Mithun taking a middle order spot.
Bangladesh: 1. Tamim Iqbal (c), 2. Soumya Sarkar, 3. Shakib Al Hasan, 4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5. Liton Das, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Afif Hossain, 8. Mohammad Saifuddin, 9. Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 10. Taskin Ahmed, 11. Mustafizur Rahman
Sri Lanka were poor with the bat in the first ODI. Ashen Bandara struggled most, batting 24 balls for 3 before taking an ugly swipe out of desperation. He may be replaced.
Sri Lanka: 1. Danushka Gunathilaka, 2. Kusal Perera (c & wk), 3. Pathum Nissanka, 4. Kusal Mendis, 5. Dhananjaya de Silva, 6. Ashen Bandara/Niroshan Dickwella, 7. Dasun Shanaka, 8. Wanindu Hasaranga, 9. Isuru Udana, 10. Lakshan Sandakan, 11. Dushmantha Chameera
Shere-Bangla National Stadium Pitch Report and Weather
Rain and a thunderstorm is likely for Tuesday morning in what will be another very hot and humid day in Mirpur. Given that the match starts in the early afternoon, there is hope that the match will avoid any significant delays.
Bangladesh’s win in the first ODI was the first time in five games that the team batting first won on this ground. Expect another slow track, with batting first the way to go. A score in the region of 260-270 will be very competitive once again.
Batting first could prove to be key once again. Bangladesh’s competitive score in the first ODI showed that a score in the region of 260 can be hard to chase on a slowish pitch.