Date & Time: Saturday, May 18, 15:30 IST
Venue: Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh, Scotland
The two-match ODI series presents a unique opportunity for both sides who are starving for a victory for various reasons. The last couple of years has Sri Lanka weather its worst cricketing phase in the format since before their World Cup triumph back in 1996. They need a victory to boost their confidence ahead of the World Cup and to end their 10 match losing streak. On the other hand, Scotland seems to be a rejuvenated side. They come close to the victory against mighty England last year and against emerging Afghanistan last week. So it will be interesting to see whether Sri Lanka end their drought, against the associates or will Scotland cross the full member hurdle.
The Scotland side that played against Afghanistan in the past week likely to be the same apart from Richie Berrington who suffered an injury. He is likely to be replaced by Michael Jones. On the other hand, it’s unclear about the starting XI of Sri Lankan squad. Here is our probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), 5 Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal,Nuwan Pradeep, Jeffrey Vandersay.
The surface at Grange Cricket club has produced run-fests in recent times so expect nothing different for Saturday’s clash. Weather-wise there is a 60% chance of rain according to Google so it will be a stop and start of a game with shortened overs.
The focus will be on the newly appointed Captain as he is set to play an ODI after his last appearance in 2015. He showed his captaincy skills by leading the side in victories South African Test Series. Now it’s about showcasing that he belongs at the Top of the order in this format which will be crucial for him and the team in the lead up to the World Cup.
He was the find of South African tour for the Lankans, as he turned the game on its head with his all-around ability. Now a similar kind of performance in this series will make his case strong in the starting XI for the World Cup. So he is a must pick in all the fantasy cricket teams.
He has been a consistent performer for Scotland in recent times as he played crucial knocks for the side against Afghanistan and England. His added good record at the venue makes him a worthy pick for Dream11 fantasy cricket players. He has scored 311 runs in last 5 matches here.
The Irish captain holds the key for the side at the top alongside Macleod. He is coming back on a good performance against Afghanistan from the last week. He has an impressive record at the venue where he scored 419 runs in last 5 games here which includes 2 hundreds, and 3 half centuries.