A great opportunity for the Bangladesh team to get in form as they struggled to maintain winning trends in all formats.
At least, stats are not talking in their favor, whitewashed in New Zealand, lost the last test and a draw.
However, Bangladesh is said to be the favorite in the 1st match as they will face SL in their favorite ODI version at home.
On the other hand, SriLanka is desperately looking for a win with 0 points in the ODI Super League.
Sri Lanka appointed a new ODI captain for the Bangladesh series while dropping some of its senior players and also recalled Kushal Mendis, the new vice-captain for this series. Shiran Fernando has been called for the first time in the international arena.
Sri Lanka has brought a lot of young players in this series ahead of Cricket World Cup 2023. Though Domingo thinks they are equally strong with Bangladesh.
‘I think both teams are equally capable. In international cricket, the advantage of the home field is a big issue. From there we will start the series as favorites. We cannot underestimate Sri Lanka. They have some very good cricketers. They will definitely want to show their capabilities, ”said Domingo.
Sri Lanka’s concern will be scoring in the last 10 overs as we saw them struggle in the last West Indies series and also there will be tasks for bowlers in the death overs, especially on the slow track.
Kushal Perera said, “We have plans for our death bowling, but it’s important to keep in mind that that’s a role that you only get better at with experience. We can’t expect perfection from the start, our bowlers are new to this role so we need to have patience; sometimes you need to get hit and learn from your mistakes.”
Bangladesh missed Mustafizur and Shakib in the Test series while they were in India playing IPL. It’s obvious Shakib will bat at no 3 which can boost up the score wheel for the Bangladesh team and play more aggressively.
Here is what Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal said about Shakib Al Hasan
“Shakib will bat at number three. There will be expectations but we also have to remember what Shakib did at the World Cup — scoring 600-plus runs in nine matches — is not always possible,”
“I would love for him to bat like that every day but it is a very rare performance. If it doesn’t happen, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. I won’t panic in that case.”
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Liton Das, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mohammad Mithun, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8 Mahedi Hasan, 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Danushka Gunathilaka, 3 Kusal Perera, 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Dhananjaya de Silva, 6 Ashen Bandara, 7 Dasun Shanaka/ Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Isuru Udana, 10 Lakshan Sandakan, 11 Dushmantha Chameera
The match will start at 1 PM local time.