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Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh - 1st Test

Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva
Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva

The 1st Test of the two-match series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele in Sri Lanka.

Live Scores and Stats - Sri Lanka v Bangladesh 1st Test

In the last five matches between the two teams, Sri Lanka have won 2 while Bangladesh have won one. In the last match between the two teams, Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 215 runs.

Mushfiqur Rahim is the top run-scorer for Bangladesh with 531 runs from his last 6 matches at an average of 53 and a strike rate of 55. Mominul Haque has also made 490 runs from his last 7 matches.

Taijul Islam has been the best bowler for Bangladesh and has picked up 27 wickets from his last 7 matches while bowling at a strike rate of 80 and an economy rate of 2.85.

Sri Lanka will open with Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne, with Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva and Pathum Nissanka in the middle order.

Suranga Lakmal will be the team's leading pacer. With Lasith Embuldeniya out injured, Lakshan Sandakan will be their main spinner.

Sri Lanka will have to pick between pacer Vishwa Fernando and wrist spinner Wanindu Hasaranga depending upon the conditions in Pallekele.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Sri Lanka - Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando/Wanindu Hasaranga

Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das (wk), Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win the toss? - Sri Lanka

Who will win? – Sri Lanka

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh), Pathum Nissanka (Sri Lanka)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mehidy Hasan (Bangladesh), Suranga Lakmal (Sri Lanka)

Most Sixes – Liton Das (Bangladesh), Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka)

Player of the Match –  Suranga Lakmal

Team Scores Batting first – Bangladesh 300+, Sri Lanka 450+

Match Handicap Sri Lanka

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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