Date & Time: Tuesday, May 21, 15:29 IST
Venue: Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh, Scotland
It is the last chance for Sri Lanka to win before the World Cup, as they are coming into this game on the back of a 10 match losing streak. With the first ODI being abandoned, there is extra pressure on them to find their ideal combination for the upcoming mega event. On the flip side, Scotland too would be hugely disappointed with a washout as they ideally want to play more games, especially after the way they performed against England & Afghanistan recently.
The Scotland side that played against Afghanistan in the last ODI is likely to be the same, except Richie Berrington, who suffered an injury, will not be participating. He is likely to be replaced by Michael Jones. On another hand, it’s unclear about the starting XI of the Sri Lankan squad, but here is possible XI from our side- Dimuth Karunaratne, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeffrey Vandersay.
The surface at the Grange Cricket club has produced run-fests in recent times. We can expect nothing different for Tuesday’s clash. Weather-wise there is 30% chance of rain according to Google, so it will be a stop and start of a game.
The focus will be on the newly appointed Captain as he is all set to play an ODI after his last appearance in 2015. He showed his captaincy skills by leading the side to victories in the South African Test Series. Now it’s about showing that he belongs at the top of the order in this format which will be crucial for him and the team leading up to the World Cup.
For Sri Lanka, he was the find of South African tour, as he turned the game on its head with his all-round ability. 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-have player in all the fantasy cricket teams, as he will be eager to find a spot in the Starting XI.
He has been a consistent performer for Scotland recently as he has played crucial knocks for the side against Afghanistan and England. His good record at the venue makes him one of the worthy picks for fantasy cricket players, as he scored 311 runs in last 5 matches here.
The Scottish captain holds the key for the side at the top alongside MacLeod. He is entering this series after a decent performance against Afghanistan 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. So he is a safe bet to have in all fantasy cricket teams today.