Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Mirpur February 16, 2014

Bangladesh seek to build on home ODI form

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Match facts

February 17, 2014
Start time 1300 local (0700 GMT)

Big Picture

Bangladesh are slowly creeping closer to Sri Lanka. It happened in the Test series when they bounced back from a horrendous defeat in Dhaka to a first-ever drawn home Test against Sri Lanka. The two Twenty20s were last-ball finishes; Anamul Haque failed to connect a high full-toss in the first and Sachithra Senanayake hit a boundary when two were required to win in the second. Sri Lanka will however look to maintain their excellent record in Bangladesh, having won all their bilateral series in the country.

The last ODI series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was a drawn affair. One match in Hambantota was rained off while Bangladesh won the rain-shortened third ODI in Pallekele. It was always important for Bangladesh to finally compete against Sri Lanka, the team against whom they have had a poor record for a long time. They have now drawn two Tests in the space of a year, and ran them close in Twenty20s. Given Bangladesh's home record in bilateral ODI series over the last two years, they will be expected to push Sri Lanka in the ODIs.

Bangladesh have a settled line-up, with Tamim Iqbal and Shamsur Rahman at the top of the batting order. Mushfiqur Rahim will have Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain for company, but have to choose two among Anamul Haque, Naeem Islam, Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah. Sohag Gazi's bowling form is a concern while they are without Abdur Razzak, which would mean more emphasis on Shakib an Mashrafe.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are a settled side, with their main batsmen among runs. Lasith Malinga, too, found some sting in the second T20 in which he picked up three wickets. But Sri Lanka have won just one bilateral ODI series out of their last five, drawing three. The win came against South Africa at home, whom they edged aside 4-1. Their last ODI series was against Pakistan in the UAE where they lost 2-1. The last time they won a series away from home was against Australia in 2010.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)
Bangladesh WWWLL
Sri Lanka WLLWL

Watch out for

Mushfiqur Rahim has made just one half-century in his last ten ODI innings, so runs will be expected from him. He will also have a crucial role to play as captain, as Bangladesh have not lost a bilateral ODI series at home since 2011.

Dinesh Chandimal was poor during the two Twenty20s but was successful as captain, winning both games. He is a crucial part of Sri Lanka's middle-order, and will bank on his last ODI performance, an unbeaten 64 against Pakistan, to come back among runs.

Teams news

Bangladesh have a tricky task selecting their playing XI. Mushfiqur will not keep wickets because of an injury to his hands, but will bat. That would mean that either Shamsur or Anamul could keep wickets. Taking various factors like ODI performance, recent form and team building into account, either Mominul Haque or Anamul Haque would feature No 3, while Naeem Islam may get the nod ahead of Mahmudullah, who has made just one half-century in ODIs in 2013. Shafiul Islam and Al-Amin Hossain will also be second choice behind Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain.

Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Anamul Haque/Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), 5 Naeem Islam, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Arafat Sunny, 11 Rubel Hossain

Sri Lanka could make two changes to their side that last played an ODI. Nuwan Kulasekara's impact as a bowler and fielder in the Twenty20 series could bring him back into contention while Thisara Perera also has a chance. There is likely to be a choice between Ashan Priyanjan and Kithuruwan Vithanage.

Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Ashan Priyanjan/Kithuruwan Vithanage, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis

Pitch and conditions

The Dhaka wicket will be slow and low, as it has usually been over the years. Curator Gamini de Silva will stick to the tried and tested, and ensure runs are aplenty on the surface. There was rain in the air around Mirpur on the eve of the match, but clear skies are predicted on match day.

Stats and trivia

  • Mushfiqur Rahim is 49 short of 2500 runs in ODIs
  • Dinesh Chandimal has scored only a single fifty in his last ten ODI innings. That innings came in the last ODI, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

Quotes

"Dew factor might come in. There was overnight rain. We might play three pacers or three spinners."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim discusses team combination

"You just have to concentrate on your role, whether you're a captain or a normal player in the side. You need to give your maximum to the team regardless of your position."
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on the shift of captaincy from Tests to T20s to ODIs.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • RANILSAM on February 18, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @SriLankanYoungBlood I will take my word back and accept that you are a SL supporter. But then that makes you a pathetic SL supporter because you only want to support if seniors are not in the team. If you compared Angelo Mathews to any other captain and said he was poor I would have agree with you, but being a SL supporter and comparing Angelo Mathews to a mediocre player like Mushfiqur is not acceptable. You want to exclude seniors from the team and at the same time you want Angelo Mathews to win matches. Remember Angelo Mathews do not have world class bowlers like MM and Chaminda Vaas in his team, a luxury all previous captains had. He is new and let him grow under the guidance of the seniors and hopefully by the time seniors are retiring he can be the captain you want him to be.

  • on February 17, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    @sl young blood. . every player have up and down situations in there career. . it doesn't mean that they are not good cricketers. . and this is same to the legends like sanga,mahela,dil and etc. .but remember few failures not going to put down their reputation on world cricket

  • Zainnajam on February 17, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    What an extremely poor performance by the Sri Lankans. Man, thats absolutely pathetic. I havent ever Seen a team who has Gone all out on 180 against bangladesh this Badly, and they Bangladesh even Gave 4 Extra chances to Sri lanka!! All right, Perera played a gem, But no improvisation by the Middle orders and the Openers.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 17, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    @ RANILSAM I am SriLankan who reside in Melbourne,Victoria But i am not a Blind OverHyped guy like you. I am telling the Ground Reality. Did u forgot last NZ-BD series,WI-BD series even home soil SL-BD series. If Mathews can't win against BD in Home Soil how can he win in Their Land. I support SL team other than 4 Senior Dilshan,Sanga,Mahela,Hearth

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    the thing I cnt undrstand is y banglamans are so exgerated probably they hv forgot that NZ & WI r frm dfifferent jungle and SL is from the same jungle as bangladesh so they want be able to use the same tricks against SL

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Lions Will Win The Match There Is no Dght

  • Zetta on February 17, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Greetings from Bulgaria! Sri Lanka won the test series and the T20 matches. So far, so good. But ODIs are a whole different thing. Bangladesh are performing very well in home conditions and have the will to win. I'm sure that a lot of people will come to cheer for the team again, /the same as we saw on Friday/ which is always a big plus. Sri Lanka on the other hand are a very experienced team with a lot of big names in their squad. It's also a good chance to give a youngster some taste of international cricket against a tough side. As a Sri Lanka supporter I would like to see them winning not only the first match, but also the series. But I'd much rather watch some good, interesting and competitive cricket from both sides, than poor fielding, bowling and batsmen throwing their wickets away in a rain effected match, full of umpiring mistakes ~

    Anyway, it's 32 years since Sri Lanka became a Test nation. So cheers and lets see if The Lions can win today.

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    dont forget banga boys did well in own den and the present bowling attack is very poor specially with malinga and thisara they can give us a good time

  • Pritam_BD on February 17, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    We are waiting to watch our tiger's fight. When the game will start?

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @ kankanamge Yeah the lions were "roaring" when they were 50 for 6.

  • RANILSAM on February 18, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @SriLankanYoungBlood I will take my word back and accept that you are a SL supporter. But then that makes you a pathetic SL supporter because you only want to support if seniors are not in the team. If you compared Angelo Mathews to any other captain and said he was poor I would have agree with you, but being a SL supporter and comparing Angelo Mathews to a mediocre player like Mushfiqur is not acceptable. You want to exclude seniors from the team and at the same time you want Angelo Mathews to win matches. Remember Angelo Mathews do not have world class bowlers like MM and Chaminda Vaas in his team, a luxury all previous captains had. He is new and let him grow under the guidance of the seniors and hopefully by the time seniors are retiring he can be the captain you want him to be.

  • on February 17, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    @sl young blood. . every player have up and down situations in there career. . it doesn't mean that they are not good cricketers. . and this is same to the legends like sanga,mahela,dil and etc. .but remember few failures not going to put down their reputation on world cricket

  • Zainnajam on February 17, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    What an extremely poor performance by the Sri Lankans. Man, thats absolutely pathetic. I havent ever Seen a team who has Gone all out on 180 against bangladesh this Badly, and they Bangladesh even Gave 4 Extra chances to Sri lanka!! All right, Perera played a gem, But no improvisation by the Middle orders and the Openers.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 17, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    @ RANILSAM I am SriLankan who reside in Melbourne,Victoria But i am not a Blind OverHyped guy like you. I am telling the Ground Reality. Did u forgot last NZ-BD series,WI-BD series even home soil SL-BD series. If Mathews can't win against BD in Home Soil how can he win in Their Land. I support SL team other than 4 Senior Dilshan,Sanga,Mahela,Hearth

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    the thing I cnt undrstand is y banglamans are so exgerated probably they hv forgot that NZ & WI r frm dfifferent jungle and SL is from the same jungle as bangladesh so they want be able to use the same tricks against SL

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Lions Will Win The Match There Is no Dght

  • Zetta on February 17, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Greetings from Bulgaria! Sri Lanka won the test series and the T20 matches. So far, so good. But ODIs are a whole different thing. Bangladesh are performing very well in home conditions and have the will to win. I'm sure that a lot of people will come to cheer for the team again, /the same as we saw on Friday/ which is always a big plus. Sri Lanka on the other hand are a very experienced team with a lot of big names in their squad. It's also a good chance to give a youngster some taste of international cricket against a tough side. As a Sri Lanka supporter I would like to see them winning not only the first match, but also the series. But I'd much rather watch some good, interesting and competitive cricket from both sides, than poor fielding, bowling and batsmen throwing their wickets away in a rain effected match, full of umpiring mistakes ~

    Anyway, it's 32 years since Sri Lanka became a Test nation. So cheers and lets see if The Lions can win today.

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    dont forget banga boys did well in own den and the present bowling attack is very poor specially with malinga and thisara they can give us a good time

  • Pritam_BD on February 17, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    We are waiting to watch our tiger's fight. When the game will start?

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @ kankanamge Yeah the lions were "roaring" when they were 50 for 6.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Next inspection At 2 pm local, 2 hours late. it will be a 40 overs game. go lionjs go we are waiting tha toss and game. my srilanka team today ,dilshan kusal sangaa chandimal mathews vithanage thisara perera senanayake kule malinga ajantha lions vs tiger lions are won thwe match

  • Deesh_Banneheka on February 17, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    I think it will be <br> Test: 1:0 ; T20 2:0 and ODI: 3:0

  • kankanamge on February 17, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Tigers can roaring until rain stop:-) when lions step in to the ground tigers need have to find a place to hide!!!

  • Dian007 on February 17, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Well said, Remzata. Pointless to have Chandi in the team, it is high time that they give more and more chances to Ashan Priyanjana, Kithruwan. Ashan P is someone to be watched, as I believe that he reads the situation more than Chandi and play accordingly, he will be a better partner for Angelo M, in many occasions if provided, and there will be our broken / shaky middle order corrected, if we can action plan this. Enough of Chandi

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    First of all Bangladesh is often impossible in their condition....in case of Srilanka i wanna say that they are a well balanced team.....Bangladesh has got a good record in ODIs for last 1 or two years...and that's reason why lankans need to be cautious....as it is a game of glorious uncertainty anything is possible here! Best of luck to my Home team....Bangladesh...! i guess it's time to make a change..!

  • Nuwas on February 17, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    forward_diffence: dude if you thinking over that one test match with Pak & to declare Mathews is a defensive captain, u've gotten it completely wrong. In February 2013 Mathews was named as ODI and Test captain & its only been a year & I myself & most of SL fans are more than contented with his performance as the Captain. Not to mention the state our team was going through that dilemma during the period from April 2011 to Jan 2013 when our team was a mess due to ridiculous attempts of SLC( too many captains were tested but not given chance to Mathews) He gradually lifted our team to stability & we are now such one. In my opinion he's the next best after MJ & in time (consdiering hes yet to reach 27 age)might be exalted beyond Arjuna Ranathunga as a captain. He's not a Misbah nor is a Clerk, but we've seen in plenty of occasions he's taken up both acts to suit different scenarios. He has lead our SL team well & he will do great things in the future for sure. Respect Anggie

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Its funny how Srilankan Fans think about the Team Bangladesh.But trust me you will kneel down tp your shoulders when you will see a comprehensive bd series.Wait and watch Lankans,the tigers are roaring!

  • Cricsnake on February 17, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    I think the ODI series would be a close context due to new rules. SL has all experience and temperament. Sanga, Dilshan, Malinga, Kule all are well experienced senior players and they will keep BD under control. But the last 10 overs with second new ball is crucial. BD players are comparatively inexperienced but they will fight as a team and seems much difficult for SL to handle when settled on Dhaka pitch. When batting Dilshan, Sanga & Mathews needs to guide young guys keeping good partnerships. Chandimal has to adapt to slow tracks and quality spin. Kusal will blast at start but middle order must keep the momentum. When bowling SL can keep control upto 40th over but need to get early wickets. Death bowling is the toughest task. Malinga, Kule & Perera needs to regain their lost spirit. Good Luck to both teams.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    bd is the best in their home ground...but luck is always negative with bd team.....

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on February 17, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Bangladesh is gonna face first major test in bilateral ODIs in home since 2011. They had great performance in 2012 & 13. They were 2 runs short of Asia cup 2012 title, had beaten confident WI just after their successful campaign in WT20 2012 and thrashed NZ by whitewashing them for the 2nd consecutive time. But Lankans r not as weak as WI or NZ. SL is one of the best side in BD condition. And a series win by a margin of 2-1 will b a comprehensive achievement by tigers. But Lions may win the series easily by 2-1 given that Sangakara's unbelievable form continues.

  • nothingnew on February 17, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Haha. Sri lankan always plays freely .BD is so much worrying . they are finding the way to win at least one match. Don't worry . this series is for Sri Lanka . we are on the way to T20 world . No barriers for us so far . We know our capabilities . You team doesn't have big names. You BD imagine Tamim and SHakib are the best . but they are not giants are you think . sorry for thinking like that . best regards dilan

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Few years back a captain (though several selectors and many fans including me weren't happy) wanted to persist with two talented batters who did not perform that well. Their records then had averages below 30 S/R below 75. When that captain resigned and several of his experienced team mates retired those two were coming in to a rhythm and (both had played about 100 matches by then) and took the responsibility. When that captain retired those two were carrying the team on their shoulders. They still do.

    The captain is now the Chief Selector. he is persistent with Chandi now. We'll see how this goes because those two SJ had faith once are Mahela and Sanga.

  • ajithabey on February 17, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Its good to see Bangladesh improving and giving the Sri Lankan team a run for their money. Sri Lanka should improve in their allround game if they are to win any game with ease rather than waiting for last ball finishes as seen in the recent limited over matches which only exposes them that the gap is closing even with teams at bottom of the table. I would rather see youngsters priyanjan and vithanage in the team instead of dilshan, sanga, malinga etc who should take a break from this series and come back for the more important Asia Cup and World T20 tournaments.

  • Prabhash1985 on February 17, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    One day in a television programme, Marvan mentioned that when he was having a tough time as he failed so many times in the beginning, he was advised to concentrate on 10's, like first reach 10, then 20 etc. But, he said it also didn't work. People knew he was extremely capable, but he couldn't make any progress. Then what he had done was he concentrated on every single run, i.e. thinking only about the present situation, and survive, and score. I think that's what Chandi needs to do here. He loses concentration once he settles in. He should go for a good score by concentrating properly, and without trying to hurry things. That way, I hope he can build a good innings. Not all balls can be hit. So, you need to respect the bowler, even if it is a low ranked team. No doubt Bangladesh is a very capable team, and these rankings don't say much about them. Last time also Sri Lanka tried to attack every single ball. You need to understand that the key is a good partnership.

  • ziko4cric on February 17, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    I wonder if there's even gonna be a game played today, It's raining continuously in Dhaka. :(

  • rezmata on February 17, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Chandimal does not make an effort to bat according to the situation. He has taken his place for granted (I blame the selectors for that) and throws his wicket away at crucial times. And I cant figure out what is all the hype about his talent? There is no point of talent if it cannot deliver. If Chandi scores a 50 before hes dropped, he will cement his place for another 50 matches even if he doesn't past double figures in those matches.

  • forward_diffence on February 17, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Sri Lanka is a very good unit. But Mathews captaincy can be a down fall. He is a so defensive captain and very negative. Chandimal is far better than him. Mathew's negativity can be seen when he is batting. If captaincy can be changed we can achieve so many things with this current team.

  • MonwarBGD on February 17, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Hey BGD Supports !!! You all will see a exciting game today. Specially last to series ( Test & T20 ) we had tie n lost but this ODI series is only for us. SO, sorry Lankan friends in advance. Best of LUCK '' Tigers "

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to keep wickets in hand to win the match. They should not lose the openers early

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Chandimal's downfall in last T20 ,early reverse sweep without scoring 10 runs.What is the responsibility he has taken as captain? Enjoying others success

  • on February 17, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    this gonna be an interesting contest with Asia cup coming up. Bangladesh confident is very high as well as Sri Lanka is also in the way of building young talent for 2015 World Cup. If the last test match and 2 T20s are any indication, Sri Lanka team and fans better not take BD lightly.

  • on February 17, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    Go ahead our tiger's........best of luck & show our power n ability to all over the world. :):):):)

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on February 16, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    1. Tamim Iqbal 2. Shamsur Rahman 3. Anamul Haque 4. Mushfiqur Rahim 5. Naeem Islam 6. Shakib al Hasan 7. Nasir Hossain 8. Mahmudullah 9. Sohag Gazi 10. Mashrafe Mortaza 11. Rubel Hossain

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on February 16, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    I hope selectors don't mix up the players with the wrong format. As much as I love Mominul Haque he shouldn't be near the ODI team. He is the type of player who plays the ball according to its merit. In ODIs you need to pace yourself and play according to the situation and Mominul struggles to do that. He should just be a test specialist because he can bat for long periods of time. Anamul on the other hand has proven he can be effective in limited overs cricket and should be a guaranteed starter for this match. The other tough decisions will be whether to pick Mamudullah, Gazi, Arafat Sunny or Naeem Islam. And also whether to pick 3 pacers and include Al-Amin or to go with 2 pacers in Mashrafe and Rubel.

  • RANILSAM on February 16, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    @SriLankanYoungBlood I think you are not a SL supporter as the name suggest. You must be one of those BD fan who is shamed to admit that you are actually a BD fan because of your teams pathetic performances. I admit that Angelo may be the most negative captain around but he is still far better than the cry baby Mushfiqur Rahim (remember what happened in Zimbabwe) both as a captain and as a player.

  • TigerRoars on February 16, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    @Masking_Tape, I agree 100%. Mash is much better at on-field tactics compared to Mushfiqur. Thus, having Mash as an active VC in the limited-overs team would help.

  • Masking_Tape on February 16, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Mashrafee should be VC not Tamim. Mashrafee's experience and guidance will help Mushy. Tamim is not a leadership kind of player. Only openers I know who were great leaders are Ganguly, Fleming and Grame Smith. Hey look at that, they were all lefties...

  • on February 16, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Hey BD, give me the two wickets, Dilshan and Sanga, for cheap runs and I will give you the win.

  • on February 16, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Pitch is spine friendly and Bangladeshi first bowler r not good enough. So spine bowler will be more effective i think

  • on February 16, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul, Mominul, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Mashrafee, Rubel, Al-amin. Upto Mashrafee all are batsman and Rubel can hit the ball too. 3 pacers are good b/c of the dew and Shakib, Mahmudullah with Nasir and Mominul would be good for bowling. I would have taken Farhad reza or Zia as a 3rd seamer instead of Al-amin but he is not in the squad.

  • on February 16, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    If tiger can win the first one, they will win the series.

  • on February 16, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    My team : 1.Tamim 2.Shamshur 3.Anamul 4.Mushfik 5.Shakib 6.Nasir 7.Mahmudullah 8.Gazi 9.Mashrafee 10.Sunny 11.Shafiul.

  • on February 16, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    ICC ODI RANGKING- Aus 117 No -1, no 2 India 115, no 3 southAfrica 110, no4 england109. no 5 srilanka 108 . If srilanka won the seris by big margin , 3-0 Srilanka will move the 3rd ranging , go lions go, Srilanka never give up.my team - kusal dilshan sanga chandimal mathews vithanage thisara perera senanayake kula malinga mendis i am srilankan i am in switzerland

  • SamWintson92 on February 16, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    SHAKIB SHOULD BAT AT 4.

    BAN XI: 1 Tamim 2 Shamsur 3 Anamul 4 Shakib 5 Naeem 6 Mushfiqur 7 Nasir 8 Gazi 9 Mashrafe 10 Arafat 11 Rubel

  • on February 16, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    poor piriyanjan out of the tournen ment sangakkara is a good batsman we are waiting 100

  • on February 16, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Chandimal out plz..play priyanjan and vinthanage..

  • on February 16, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    It is good to see our captain is back in the side though he will not do the keeping. Mushi's presence on the filed would be a boost for us. And one thing, i do not see any point of dropping ryad. All the best wishes for our roaring tigers. Let's play to our potentials and exhibit a competitive ODI.

  • on February 16, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Chandimal, Pl.do not go for reverse sweep too early. Can you remember what happened in the last T20. I wonder you would like to be in Sri Lanka team.

  • Blade-Runner on February 16, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    A word of advise for Kusal : stop playing that stupid reverse sweep. Pls.....

  • on February 16, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    My point of view BD should have : Tamim, shamsur, anamul, mominul, sakib, Musfiq , Nasir , mahmudulla, gazi, marshafee, al Amin Hussain. Bowler: Marshafee, Al Amin , Gazi, Sakib, Mahmudulla, Nasir, Mominul. Batsman: Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul, Mominul, Sakib, Musfiq, Nasir, Mahmudulla

  • on February 16, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    I would prefer 3 pacer in this condition. Mahmudullah is in prime form. He can fill the gap of gazi with his off spin & he can bat down there as well. My line up-

    Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul, Shakib, Mushfiq, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe, Al-amin, Arafat sunny, Rubel.

  • on February 16, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Lions never give up!!!we are waiting sanga and kusal 100.go Sri Lanka go.................this is time to learn great lesson to bangaladesh.

    We are always with you Sri lanka.................

  • on February 16, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    @ Nishanth - Don't forget last series we bitten NZ 4-0. So....

  • on February 16, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Tamim, Samsur, Anamul, Mominul, Sakib, Mushi, Nasir, Naeem, Gazi, Mashrafi, Rubel

  • siponus2007 on February 16, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    mahmudullah average almost 34 on odi nearly 100 matches also he has almost 60 wickets , i don't understand how come mahmudullah can be compare with naeem and stuff , mahmudullah should definitely be in the team in my prospective

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on February 16, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Alamin hossain is much better than rubel in all formats , I would choose alamin in place of rubel and anamul in place of tamim. Both anamul and momenul are definitely better than naeem , so it doesnt make sense that naeem has to play and one of anamul and momenul has to sit .

  • Yajoarderhimel on February 16, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Cricket is a game not a war..there is a simple rule..one team win and the other one lose..but there is only one thing wins every time that is cricket..I think last two t20 matches are the perfect example of that..plz stop criticize each other ..say good is good and bad is bad and enjoy the beauty of cricket ...best wishes to both of the thems ..BD and Srilanka..

  • XP79303 on February 16, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Nice to see people around the word admire BD team as well as critics for thrashing other team. We are now grow up tremendously to use home advantage. I bit worry about rain for tomorrow match. Wish for both team for wonderful cricket & hope BD will laugh last.

  • on February 16, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    i think shafiul is better than rubel and naim should be out of eleven than can see a good loking team

  • bdsmaruf on February 16, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    if mushi not keeping then anamul is sure in the team. we have to choose one between naeem n mahmudullah. so, tamim, samsur, anamul, mominul, sakib, mushi, nasir, naeem/mahmudullah, gazi, mashrafi, robel. if mushi keeping then naeem for anamul.

  • ramz_01 on February 16, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    lets hope for a good series. BD fans plz stay carm wining in home is not a dificult thing but should do in abored datz what good teams will do. im not BD haters bt one series win against WI or NZ it doesnt mean ur world beaters. but i agree you guys improved alot

  • Nuwas on February 16, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Everyone has an advantage when they're playing in their backyard, so does Bangladesh.Cheered by thrilling crowds of own, home soil, relatives in the very stadium, all those stuff make players' blood rushing through their veins pretty excitingly it could go either way since the same situation conjure up both pressure & motivation. I've see Bangladesh played terrific cricket in their backyard with heck of a support from their fans more often than not & that in the fact that I would like bring up here which is "Bangladesh youngster are motivated ofttimes, rarely pressurized with the support of their fans". This has been proven so many times & I just don't wanna raise examples here. Having said that they're nothing but a side below par(sometimes far worse) when they were to leave their home soil. This is also a proven fact. So bottom-line, in their Backyard we need to be cautious,keep our calms & it'd be just a matter of time really until they'd gift us the game/series trying heroics.

  • on February 16, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Wicket is very impotent. If it too slow. Then toss will decide the winner. (not good at all). please make good batting wicket. Look at 20 matches, 1st wicket batting friendly, 2nd too slow. Both the side has good batsmen. Let them to decide the winner. Which good for cricket & fans. Will be v. interesting.

  • on February 16, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    @ Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara, look at ur teams performance. u cant even beat NZ in ur home soil,lol. i aint saying we r gonna whitewash u guys bt u have to admit with mathews as ur captain this series might be ours n again um not predicting the end result. For the last couple of series at our home we have outplayed our opponents,so i recon its gonna b a nail biter ODI series.Cheers mate

  • on February 16, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    SL is a great cricket team & even as a BD fan I admit it. But some of the SL fans are so pathetic if they actually think that they're gonna win it so easily. We don't take SL like NZ but if you behave like this you deserve to lose even in a bigger way than NZ did.

  • on February 16, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Srilanka will win 3-0 we Are waiting sanga 100

  • Bdcricketdebator on February 16, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    BD should not break the winning combination from the last odi series in the first match.they should look at the clown tamim in the 1st match.if he fails to score a good 80-100 he should be out of our future plans.

  • Razor_Sharp on February 16, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    BD need a good bowling attack if they want to beat SL. Only Shakib is the consistent one. They can do it if BD gives 200% tomorrow. BD fans SL is not NZ. SL has a brilliant all-round team. With Kusal and Thisara's power along side with Sanga's class blend with Malinga Mendis Sachithra's bowling i think it will be really tough for bd.

  • on February 16, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Bangladesh will win the series.

  • neanderthal on February 16, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    @srilankanYoungBlood , very balanced comment from you. All hell will not break lose if SL loses one match against BD somehow. They are a good side at home. Similarly, BD fans should wait for a few more wins before declaring that they are the new world beaters. NZ losing in spin friendly conditions is not a new thing and should not be given more than its due credit.

  • Herath-UK on February 16, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Always before a series BD just talk rubbish as they've done any wins. They always so far happened to be also ran but feel hilarious for such loyalty from their poor fans without deserting them.

  • Baundele on February 16, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Mathews as the captain is an advantage for Bangladesh.

  • on February 16, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Tamim,Shamsur,Anamul,Mominul,Shakib,Mushy,Nasir,Mahmadullah,Mashrafe,Arafat, Alamin/shafiul. Shafiul is more preferred.

  • on February 16, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Angeloooooo Mathews Is the best <3

  • on February 16, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Stop trying Angelo Perera and Ashan Priyanjana as long as Kithruwan is there - I think Kithruwan is better than them.

  • on February 16, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Tamim is not in form at all,rubel is expensive than shafiul,sohag is also out of form n mahmudullah is now better spinner than him.so my team for 1st ODI will be..1.anamul haque2.shamsur rahman3.nayeem islam4.mominul haque5.mushfiqur rahim6.sakib al hasan7.nasir hossain8.mahmudullah9.arafat sunny10.mashrafe mortaza11.shafiul islam..here is 3 spinners,2 pacers,n also nasir,nayeem,muminul can bowl.we must have to understand the current form n circumstanses n not to be emotional.n i'm sure this team has the ability to beat any team in bd...good luck bd team.

  • TheKeeper on February 16, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Even without the mercurial talent of Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka will thrash BAN 3-0. BAN only think they are good but they are still a long way off from being a good team. Sure they have some individual talent in their lineup, but they are still not good enough to take the fight to SL.

  • on February 16, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    @priceless1.. Wow what analysis, lol, any statistics to show that??? lol., Hyped up my Bangladeshi fan, after all that is just what is gonna left for you, at the end of the series don't disappear.lol

  • on February 16, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Alright so here comes my best XI: 1.Tamim 2. Shamsur 3.Mominul 4.Shakib 5. Mushfiq 6.Naeem 7.Nasir 8.Mashrafe 9.Shafiul 10.Arafat Sunny 11. Gazi.... No home bilateral series lost until 2011. Let's go Tigers, In Shaa Allah we can beat Sri Lanka like the Asia.Cup. The cross-country is behind you. Let's do it boys,

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 16, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @ Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara You also OverHyped. Are u joking "SL is one of the Finest ODI teams in the world" Check SL recent ODI series. Pak lost by 3-2,NZ level 1-1 in home soil,WI triangular win 2 of 5 matches.CT trophy 2 win of 5.BD 1-1 in Home Soil Only winning Series is 4-1 against SA. Under Mathews captaincy we lost matches than won. He won only 10 lost 12. His captaincy is defensive and negative one. way behind than Chandimal's Captaincy. He is just better than Dilshan who is worst caption last 10 year or so. Mushie is far better than him. SL could win maximum 2-1 but they have to work hard 4 that. Bro think in real world.don't day dream.

  • priceless1 on February 16, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    This will be interesting , i recon this Current SL Team ( except Sanga and Dilshan) are the second worse ( just behind WI )team when it comes to handling Spin , so don't be surprise if the series goes as 3- 0 to BD ( with at least one mismatch)

  • on February 16, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    malinga have changed his rhythm and is lethal again.... Bangladesh don't have a chance this time around cuz it's 50 over cricket.

  • on February 16, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    i think bangladesh can challage mitch johnson

  • British_North_America on February 16, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Kavindu Darshana Than NZ team whom we whitewashed won ODI matches against you in your own ground only a few days ago.Problem is you think BD is same in T20 and ODI, check the stats.

  • kankanamge on February 16, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Still believe that Chandimal is a suitable player for 50 over format. SL needs to find new 20/20 captain & use Chandimal for 50 ovr + Test matches.

  • on February 16, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    There's certainly a hype created by Bangladesh fans, in most of the public forums including in here Cricinfo as well. i did not noticed so much hype when SL playing against other same caliber top teams. i would say a hype which is so much in to hilarious side.

    Now the thing is, SL is one of the Finest ODI teams in the world, Bangladesh conditions are nothing for SL. put apart whitewashing SL, even winning a single game against this SL side gonna be a huge task for Bangladesh and it's fans. i am asking from my fellow BD fans, please do not put high hopes, we really can not bear the way you cry as usual.

  • on February 16, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    My BD team for first ODI will be1. Tamim Iqbal 2. Shamsur Rehman 3. Monimul Haque 4. Anamul Haque 5. Shakib Hasan 6. Mushfiqur Rehman 7. Nasir Hossain 8. Mahmudullah 9. Sohag Gazi 10. Masrafe Mortoza 11. Rubel Hossain. This team can give whitewash to srilankans

  • Rafelgibt on February 16, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Kindly keep out Tamim and in Anamul and remain with both Mominul and Naeem.Also drop Shohag and place Mahmudullah in lieu of.Otherwise the team looks a very balanced side to compete against SL...Inshallah we are going to win the series 2-1 at least...

  • ashqarmahi on February 16, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    hope for the best BD team....please show that you are not like South Africa...you do not choke...!! last 2 T20 is not bad luck...its like we are not familiar with the situation....so lost it and SL won....try to overcome that and give us win...we want to win....

  • on February 16, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    white wash is looming...poor bd fans...they think SL is NZ...lol...got to feel for BD fans...

  • on February 16, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    bangladesh is now pretty much stronger team in home condition so i hope bangladesh will win 2-1 .only sanga is the problem i think bd bowler will restrict sanga well.go ahead tigers

  • on February 16, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    No rain in dhaka Monday saturday it is raing around dhaka

  • on February 16, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    I like your predicted XI better than md isams. would like to see shafiul instead of rubel though. shafiul always does just enough, but is never a match winner, but his consistency is much needed compared to rubels inconsistent performances

  • on February 16, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    We own the series against WI, also against NZ. Why not SL, ??

  • Warm_Coffee on February 16, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Sri Lanka are a much tougher team than NZ and they aren't affected by conditions in Bangladesh one bit. I really hope Bangladesh can win this series and it will be a massive disappointment if this series also goes wrong for Bangladesh after the good performances in past few years. Basically 1 step forward for Bangladesh and 2 steps back and that's not good. Doesn't really matter how close Bangladesh have fought in the games because in the end, its the result that counts and that T20 series should've been 1-1 rather than 2-0. Tamim needs to perform in this series otherwise its about time to drop him for the 2 tournaments coming up. He's taking his place for granted now and preventing deserving players like Anamul and Imrul place in side who have been pretty impressive in recent times.

    My 11 for first ODI against Sri Lanka:- Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Mashrafe, Rubel and Arafat. Shamsur is not really a decent keeper so Anamul makes more sense.

  • on February 16, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    poor bangladeshis.. sorry for all of you......

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 16, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    I feel this series is going to be tight contest.can't predict early. But i am sure no white wash 4 either teams. BD's major issue is they couldn't keep the batting consistency in whole SL series. 1st Test batted badly and Second batted very well. In T20 1st one batted well second batted badly. But their Advantage is Mushie is back that means they would have best batsmen and best caption. IN SL disadvantage is major batsmen like Dilshan not in good form. But Advantage is Chandi,Mathews played well in ODI unlike T20's. In Bowling SL's Disadavntage is Mali,Sachie,Kula not among in the wickets in recent ODI's. So bowling 2 team's r almost equal.

  • on February 16, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    srilankan poor captaincy by mathews,Already srilanka 1- in last year in srilanka . how to win in matches vs bangaladesh? poor srilankan chandimal and dilshan out of form, kusal perera is good but not long innings, mathews struggling only batsban sangakkara is the key for srilanka and bowling unit malinga gave more runs in usually. kulasekara , thisara perera, senanayakke, mendis is good in this moment. lets hope srilanka must fight hard. if want to win the match. No rain please i am srilankan fan , now i am in switzerland.in switzerland time 8 Am Match start when ia get up 7 O, clock no work in monday. i can watch the match After cup of tea

  • kohli_kuttu on February 16, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    @Hsubisah Deehahs hahaha lose couple of games and the series is gone for Ban. Don't worry Sl will whitewash u quiet easily. U guys are the only team that can beat my team india's away record loss. On the positive side u will be some sort of records

  • on February 16, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Why so serious guys??? Lets see how they show their power....

  • on February 16, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    @ Shah Hossain, I agree with your logical prediction.

  • Matadore on February 16, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Oh.. its raining now in dhaka.. Mayb we gonna watch a D/L Method game tomorrow

  • on February 16, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Looking forward to good challenge from BD good luck for both teams

  • on February 16, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Could be 2-1 either Sri Lanka or bangladesh.

  • on February 16, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Bangladesh white washed New Zealand recently. so Lions watch out for surprise!

  • on February 16, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    @ NextSana do you have any idea about ODI performances of Bangladesh in recent times? BD are quite ready to give massive shock to Srilanka. They will lose couple of games for sure. SL has shown their weakness in T-20 and BD knows how to outplay them in ODI's.

  • on February 16, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    No home series lost since 2011 is definitely a big achievement. Hopefully they should try to continue this. And going with three pacers or three spinners would be a bad idea. Just use the 2 spinners 2 pacers combination. Good Luck to both teams :)

  • NextSana on February 16, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    I think Sri Lankans can whitewash Bangladesh in ODI series. Only chance they had was the T20 matches. I don't think Bangladesh players are quite ready to play 50 over cricket yet. They have the talent no issues there but they need to do less mistakes. In T20 you can do silly things and still be in the game which we saw but not quite like that in 50 over games and they don't have the power to comeback strongly after making mistakes like SL. Even Sakib is naive only sensible player is the captain himself. But I hope a good game tomorrow.

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  • NextSana on February 16, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    I think Sri Lankans can whitewash Bangladesh in ODI series. Only chance they had was the T20 matches. I don't think Bangladesh players are quite ready to play 50 over cricket yet. They have the talent no issues there but they need to do less mistakes. In T20 you can do silly things and still be in the game which we saw but not quite like that in 50 over games and they don't have the power to comeback strongly after making mistakes like SL. Even Sakib is naive only sensible player is the captain himself. But I hope a good game tomorrow.

  • on February 16, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    No home series lost since 2011 is definitely a big achievement. Hopefully they should try to continue this. And going with three pacers or three spinners would be a bad idea. Just use the 2 spinners 2 pacers combination. Good Luck to both teams :)

  • on February 16, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    @ NextSana do you have any idea about ODI performances of Bangladesh in recent times? BD are quite ready to give massive shock to Srilanka. They will lose couple of games for sure. SL has shown their weakness in T-20 and BD knows how to outplay them in ODI's.

  • on February 16, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Bangladesh white washed New Zealand recently. so Lions watch out for surprise!

  • on February 16, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Could be 2-1 either Sri Lanka or bangladesh.

  • on February 16, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Looking forward to good challenge from BD good luck for both teams

  • Matadore on February 16, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Oh.. its raining now in dhaka.. Mayb we gonna watch a D/L Method game tomorrow

  • on February 16, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    @ Shah Hossain, I agree with your logical prediction.

  • on February 16, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Why so serious guys??? Lets see how they show their power....

  • kohli_kuttu on February 16, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    @Hsubisah Deehahs hahaha lose couple of games and the series is gone for Ban. Don't worry Sl will whitewash u quiet easily. U guys are the only team that can beat my team india's away record loss. On the positive side u will be some sort of records