Preview & prediction: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 

The performance which Sri Lanka showed in second ODI was of no use as rain Washed out all their chances. The only positive thing which Bangladesh took from the match was Taskin Ahmed bowling as he became only the fifth Bangladeshi bowler to take a hat-trick. Bangladesh will fancy their chances of winning a series in an away series while Sri Lanka will play to save their prestige and to end their losing streaks.

What: – Final ODI of Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

When:- 1st April 2017, 9.30( local)

Where: – Colombo SSC

The result of second ODI for Sri Lanka must be a hard luck to them as despite performing well the game got washed away and their losing streaks kept intact. Bangladesh’s bowling was off track in the second ODI but then them taking 6 wickets in the final 5 over should be a moral booster. In first ODI the tigers put on their highest total score of 324 in an away game.

Bangladesh must be eyeing their first major away series win but Kusal Mendis scoring his maiden ODI hundred and all other Srilankan batsman adding to the run tally it would be a little difficult for them. Tharanga made an impressive fifty in last ODI and his team will want him to stay for longer.

SSC Colombo is slow and dry surface would be more favorable for the spinners. The pitch will of great help for Bangladeshi bowlers and will provide help for Mustifizur Rahman off cutters and Mehendi Hasan off breaks. On the other hand, Sri Lanka will likely play to end their winning streaks and will look up for a solid performance with both ball and bat. So if the weather behaves well, there is a lot of chances to have a context.

Form guide

 

Sri Lanka LLLLL (completed matches, most recent first)

Bangladesh WLLLL

In the spotlight:

Kusal Mendis:  After hitting a test century at Galle test, Mendis stated that he wanted to become the leading batsman in the world and his ODI hundred in the second ODI proves him right.

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Mehendi Hasan: The spin star who made his ODI debut in this series will prove handy in the pitch of Colombo which provides extra spin.

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Team news:

Sri Lanka: they made as much as three changes in the second ODI and their batting clicked so they are unlikely to change their playing eleven. There is a slight possibility of Seekkegu Prasanna in place of Millinda siriwardana.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Upul Tharanga (capt), 2 Danushka Gunathilaka, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal (wk), 5 Asela Gunaratne, 6 Milinda Siriwardana, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Dilruwan Perera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Nuwan Kulasekara, 11 Nuwan Pradeep

Bangladesh: Bangladesh have as many as 5 players on the bench but they are probably not going to make any changes and hamper their winning combinations.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mosaddek Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Taskin Ahmed

Pitch conditions:

This will be the first ODI played after six years at SSC COLOMBO but there have few matches of the first-class played over the years. And the average score of that first class games were remarkably low 146. Rain always play hide and seek in Sri Lanka and it can hamper the final ODI too. There is a slight possibility of an afternoon shower.

Prediction:

With the performance showed in second ODI by Sri Lanka it would not be one side contest but there are 60% chances of Bangladesh winning the match and the series.

Stats and trivia

  • The last ODI played at the SSC was before the 2011 World Cup, while Bangladesh’s last ODI here was in 2005.

  • The rained-out second ODI hurt Bangladesh more as they lost the chance to go up to No. 6 in the ICC ODI rankings. The two teams will retain their places at on the table – Sri Lanka at No. 6 and Bangladesh at No. 7 – regardless of the how the third ODI pans out.

 

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