Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mirpur February 19, 2014

Sri Lanka's chance for a complete set


Match facts

February 20, 2014
Start time 1300 local (0700 GMT)

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Two days before the second ODI, Sri Lanka's new coach Paul Farbrace said Thisara Perera would not have to rescue the team again in the near future. In one short sentence, Farbrace backed his batting line-up, which had slipped to 67 for 8 in the first ODI.

Bangladesh can be sure too that Sri Lanka will not give them two golden opportunities in the same game again. Once Mushfiqur Rahim did not prevent the visitors' recovery, Perera and Sachithra Senanayake helped Sri Lanka reach 180. Bangladesh, however, were 114 for 2 inside 20 overs to the delight of the crowd, but lost eight wickets for 53 runs. Clumsy running and poor shot selection made them go 0-1 down in the series.

Bangladesh will want senior players like Mushfiqur and Shakib Al Hasan to take more batting responsibility, particularly if Tamim Iqbal continues to remain sidelined with a neck strain. The top half of Sri Lanka's order also has much work to do to find form ahead of the Asia Cup.

Victory in Mirpur will complete Sri Lanka's set of trophies in all formats on this tour; Bangladesh will be desperate to keep their only chance of silverware alive.

Form guide

(Completed matches, most recent first)

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Watch out for

Shamsur Rahman impressed during his 62 in the first ODI. He played an array of back-foot shots - square drives, square cuts, an upper cut and a swivel pull - to score his second fifty. His needless run-out, however, started the Bangladesh collapse so there should a little more care to his innings in the second game.

Angelo Mathews called the first ODI victory a dream come true. He didn't bat like a dream but claimed three wickets with his medium pace. He was steady, and ensured Sri Lanka remained disciplined with the ball and in the field. Mathews will be expected to make more all-round contributions.

Team news

Mashrafe Mortaza and Tamim Iqbal have still not recovered from their injuries, so their selection will be last-minute decisions. Al-Amin Hossain could make way for Mashrafe while Mahmudullah's two-ball duck will be counted against him. Naeem Islam stands a chance to get into the playing XI.

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

Sri Lanka will be forced to make one change to their eleven from the first ODI after Nuwan Kulasekara was rueld out with a groin injury two days ahead of the second game. The batting line-up requires another shot at the Bangladesh attack before anyone is jettisoned.

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

Pitch and conditions

Overnight rain and overcast conditions spiced up the Mirpur pitch a little, but it has been dry and sunny in the region since the first ODI. The surface is likely to be slow and low.

Stats and trivia

  • Naeem Islam was Bangladesh's highest scorer in their previous ODI series - 163 runs at 54.33 against New Zealand - but he was not selected for the first ODI against Sri Lanka.
  • Thisara Perera's unbeaten 80 was the third highest score at No. 9 in ODIs, after Andre Russell's 92 and Darren Sammy's 84.


"I don't think Bangladesh lack belief. It is just about winning a close game. It is amazing how your team flies from there. They will be off and running from there."
Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace

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

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  • Tharindu on February 20, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    @ pre match interview Mushi said "we almost win last three games" does that mean they won last three matches too early and at the end it was SL.

  • santhosh on February 20, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully: is that comment really necessary when our team is struggling to win a single match in overseas....its because of a few fans comments like this which really tarnishes and making a bad impression on our whole country's culture and image...

  • Manesh on February 20, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    SL yet again proved as a pathetic team even at sub-continent. I am not surprised if they got same result as the last Aisia cup!

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Guys My Bangladesh team XI 1.Tamim 2.Shamsur 3.Anamul 4.Mominul 5.Mushfiq 6.Shakib 7.Naeem 8.Shohag. 9.Mashrafe 10.Arafat. 11.Al amin ..!!

  • santhosh on February 20, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    SL have some very good all rounders especially Thisara Perera...SL is lucky to have him in the team...wish Ind team have an allrounder like him...good luck SL and BD...BD is showing great fight and resilience its very refreshing to see that...

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    SL should strengh their bowling 2day. Drop dilshan and give Chandi a chance to open the batting. He is an opening batsman naturally. Kushal played brilliantly.... it is happy to see mathews attacking captency which we missed in the pakesthan series..

  • Neranga on February 20, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    what happened with bangladeshi fans is that they are blurting before every single match... its ok when they are playing with WI or NZ but when it comes to Srilankan context it always makes funny of them and are humiliated after matches because we are fighting till the last ball or last wicket and if we lose we dont let our opponent for easy wins... thats why we are in top level... bangladesh needs to be more consistence and then only they can stand with pompous... bangladesh has talent and improvement so credit goes for that.... and Ather Ali needs to be restraint..

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Bangladesh is more than capable of to fight back.they should only try to do their basic things right and share their responsibility. it is badly needed for Bangladesh cause ASia cup is just knocking at the door

  • Udara on February 20, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Why these people criticize chandimal this much? i agree that he is out of form these days comparing to his previous performances, but the people who have good knowledge about cricket would know his value, yes he is not preforming well in sub - continent, he has to adjust that quickly to become a complete cricketer, we all knew how important him when we playing outside sub - continent.dropping him is not the answer, I still believe that he got brilliant talent & he should play for sri lanka. (Come on chandi, we need you badly for next world cup)

  • Syed on February 20, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    hahahahaha, this means I am not the only one who turn-off the volume when Athar Ali Khan comes into the commentary box, irritating. For me, Danny Morrison (from NZ) is the best commentator in the current lot; unbiased, full of fun and energy. Michael Slater also very good but I love Danny commentary. I think BD improved a lot but still a long way to go. If I was the Coach, I would fine 50% of the match fee to Sohag Gazi for the shot he played in that situation (when a proper batsman who is also the captain of the side is on the non striker end). These small mistakes cost you the match. Don't want to comment on the dropped catches.

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