Date & Time: Sunday, July 28, 14:30 IST
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Focus on Sri Lanka pacers and Bangladesh batsmen
Sri Lanka has given a happy farewell to Malinga with a win in the first ODI of the 3-match ODI series. Now a win in one of the remaining two ODIs will give them a chance to win an ODI series after a 44-month gap. On the other side, it has to be said that Bangladesh lost the first ODI more due to their own mistakes rather than Sri Lanka’s surge. All said and done, the second ODI holds hype on how Sri Lanka Pacers plan to go forward after the Malinga era and how Bangladesh can come back with a resurgence showed in recent times.
Bangladesh is likely to stick with the same Playing XI of the last match. Kasun Rajitha or Isuru Udana will replace Malinga for Sri Lanka.
The surface at R Premadasa was mostly true to its nature in the first ODI except slowing down in the second half of the innings. It won’t be different in the second ODI as well. The forecast is for a few showers before the match but there is no interference during the match.
As expected Rahim was the main man for Bangladesh with the bat in the first ODI. Apart from Shabir, no one stuck with him for long which proved to be too costly for Bangladesh. In the second ODI once again the onus will be on Rahim to perform as Tamim is going through some rough patch for some time now.
The experienced campaigner seems to have found his old mojo since the gritty innings against England in the World Cup. He continued from where he left against India as he came up with a vital knock in the first ODI. There is every chance he will come up with another one as he has a good record at the venue where he scored close to 300 runs in the last five matches played here.
The Fizz has continued his good form from the World Cup as he was amongst the wickets in the first ODI. But if Tamim had used him wisely, Sri Lanka wouldn’t have gotten to a flying start, which proved to be too costly for Bangladesh in the end result.