Date & Time: Wednesday, July 31, 14:30 IST
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
A lot on the table for both the teams even with the sealed series
All the hype of what was perceived to be a competitive series at the start has gone the other way around. Sri Lanka has been dominant in the first two games as Bangladesh failed to replicate their recent form in this format. Apart from Mustafizur Rahman & Mushfiqur Rahim no one really stood out for Bangladesh. Their fielding was also below par. On the flip side, the Sri Lankans have come up with an all-round performance in the second ODI after the heroics from Kusal Perera & Lasith Malinga in the first ODI. Now, the series has been sealed, but there is still a lot on the plate for both sides to play for, as Sri Lanka seek for a clean sweep and Bangladesh seek for revival.
Bangladesh might consider Anamul Haque and Rubel Hossain in place of Mahmudullah and Tajul Islam. Sri Lanka too is likely to make few changes since they have already won the series.
Bangladesh may have struggled to score in the second ODI, but the surface at R Premadasa is known for producing high scoring games. So expect the same if both the teams bat to their highest ability. The forecast is for few showers early in the morning but it is unlikely to have an effect on the match.
After a rare failure in the first ODI of the series, Fernando was back to his usual business in the second ODI. He was aggressive from the outset and took the Bangladesh bowlers to all around the park, as they strayed on with their line and lengths. More than the runs scored he impressed with his ability to adapt as an opener.
He is the lone warrior for Bangladesh in the series with the bat. He came up with back to back vital knocks for the side when it was most needed. With the way the other batsmen have been performing, he stands out with his powerful performances. He’s one player from the Bangladesh camp who you must-have in your Dream11 cricket team.
The experienced campaigner has played back to back vital knocks for the side. In the first ODI, he took the ownership after the departure of Kusal Perera to end the innings on a high. In the second ODI, he made sure there was no late collapse in the chase as he came up with a handy partnership alongside Kusal Mendis after the departure of the well set Fernando.