Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Sri Lanka v Bangladesh 1st ODI

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga
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After campaigns of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were cut short in the league stage in the recently concluded ODI World Cup, both the teams will take the field for the first time since then in the first ODI of the three-match series to pick up the remaining pieces and try to rebuild the team for the future in what will be the last ODI of white-ball legend Lasith Malinga.

The match will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo which has been a fortress for Sri Lanka. The team has won five of the last eight matches played here, including the last two one-days.

The World Cup clash between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was abandoned due to rain. When the two teams last met, Bangladesh steamrolled Sri Lanka by 137 runs during the 2018 Asia Cup.

In all, the two teams have played a total of 45 ODIs against each other, out of which Sri Lanka have won 36 and Bangladesh have won seven, but the dynamics have changed in the last couple of years.

Bangladesh have been hit by the absence of skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and Mohammed Saifuddin due to injuries, while key players Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das have been rested.

The biggest talking point of this game would be Lasith Malinga, who would play his last ODI. Dasun Shanaka will take his place in the squad after Malinga's retirement.

Dinesh Chandimal still doesn't find a place in the squad, while Niroshan Dickwella and Akila Dananjaya have been included. Dimuth Karunaratne will continue to lead the side.

In the absence of Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim and captain Tamim Iqbal will be their senior batsmen. With the ball, Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan will be their strike bowlers.

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

Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Akila Dananjaya, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga

Bangladesh- Tamim Iqbal (c), Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win the toss? - Sri Lanka

Who will win? – Bangladesh 

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

Most Sixes –  Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Mahmudullah (Bangladesh)

Man of the Match –  Mustafizur Rahman

Team Scores Batting first – Sri Lanka 260+, Bangladesh 285+

Match Handicap Bangladesh

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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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