Date & Time: Friday, July 26, 14:30 IST
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Will Sri Lanka and rain gods bid happy farewell for Malinga?
The first ODI between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka marks the retirement of Lasith Malinga who has been the trump card for Sri Lanka in limited-overs for the past decade. Other than that, the ODI series is highly anticipated to be an even contest, considering the way the past few ODI Series panned out between these two nations at home and away. Bangladesh is high on confidence with the way they performed in the World Cup and will be eager to continue the same. On the other hand, the way Sri Lanka performed in the second half of the World Cup will give them confidence after the way they went through the poor form before it. But for now, it is about giving a winning send-off for Malinga.
Sri Lanka Possible XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Akila Dhananjaya, Lasith Malinga
Bangladesh Possible XI: Tamim Iqbal (capt), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mossadek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain
The surface at R Premadasa is known for producing high scoring games, but the forecast for the day suggests otherwise as there is 80% chance of rain. Pacers might dominate the proceedings if the forecast holds true.
The side’s third-highest wicket-taker in ODIs will take his final walk at the international stage on Friday. He has been the trump card for the side in the limited-overs for the past decade and it has been the same in the recently concluded World Cup where he was the leading wicket-taker of the side. On Friday it won’t be any different.
In absence of Shakib, Tamim will be the main man for Bangladesh in the batting front. He was the second-highest run-getter for the side in the World Cup. He also has a good record against Sri Lanka in the past 5 encounters where he scored 197 runs at an average of close to 50.
He has become the Malinga of Bangladesh in the past few years. He is the go-to man for the captain whenever a wicket is needed. He was the leading wicket-taker for the side in the World Cup where he picked 20 wickets at a strike rate of 14.28. So his present form makes him a must-have player in the Dream11 cricket team.
He was the main reason for Sri Lanka’s decent performance in the second half of the World cup. He was the only batsman from Sri Lanka to score a century in the tournament. His ability to play free-flowing strokes at the top makes him a worthy pick in today’s match for Dream11 fantasy cricket players.