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Preview: Under pressure Bangladesh seek salvage


Sri Lanka have found their feet post World Cup campaign while, the visitors Bangladesh face the other side of the coin. The Tigers might have seen the worst of recent times as their series loss to Sri Lanka is already done.

Tamim Iqbal’s very first assignment as Bangladeshi ODI captain has not brought any goods but made it even worse as the left-handed opener is still in search for big scores.

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Dimuth Karunaratne’s Sri Lanka have won their first series at home since 2015 courtesy clinical bowling performance that led them to seven-wicket triumph in the second ODI in Colombo.

Sri Lanka’s batsmen have stepped up when required. Kusal Perera’s brisk ton in the first ODI was followed up by Avishka Fernando’s 81 and veteran Angelo Mathews’ fifty in the next game. Adding Bangladesh’s awful bowling performance, made it even easier for the hosts.

R Premadasa wicket played slower with more bounce in the previous match. With curators getting two days of preparation, the pitch is expected to behave similar to first ODI’s – an even competition of batting and bowling.

Bangladesh may go with three seamers again. It can be Rubel Hossain or Taskin Ahmed, which will make his return to ODI XI after two years. Taijul Islam is likely to retain his place as the only left-arm spinner in the team.

Sri Lanka will have the luxury of testing the bench strength for the final ODI. Dasun Shanaka, who hit a brisk 80-odd against Bangladesh in the warm-up, is a contender along with all-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya.

Likely XIs:

Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Isuru Udana, Akila Dhananjaya, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (captain), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Rahman, Mossadek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain

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