Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Sri Lanka v Bangladesh 2nd ODI
After an imperious 91-run win for Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the series that saw Lasith Malinga walk into the sunset, the second match will bring a great opportunity for the Lions to seal the series.
A three-match series does not offer you too much room for mistakes and Bangladesh will know that one more mistake from them would mean a series loss for the side . On the other hand, Sri Lanka showed glimpses of the way they used to play 10 years ago in the series opener.
After a 90+ run stand between skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews made fluent forties to help Sri Lanka to a 314-run score. Kusal Perera made a top-class century at a healthy strike rate and justified the move to push him at one drop, by promoting the young Avishka Fernando to open the innings.
For Bangladesh, Shafiul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman shared five wickets among them, but all the bowlers proved to be very expensive.
No batter, apart from Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman could hold their own against a Sri Lankan bowling line-up that still had Lasith Malinga as their best bowler even in his last match. Nuwan Pradeep and Dhananjaya de Silva were also impressive as Sri Lanka registered a comprehensive 91-run win.
The Lions would take a lot of confidence from this match and it would be a tough task for Bangladesh to get the better of them in the coming matches, especially in the absence of their talisman Shakib Al Hasan.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha
Bangladesh- Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Sri Lanka
Who will win? – Sri Lanka
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Nuwan Pradeep (Sri Lanka), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)
Most Sixes – Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Mahmudullah (Bangladesh)
Man of the Match – Kusal Perera
Team Scores Batting first – Sri Lanka 280+, Bangladesh 265+
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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