Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Mirpur February 21, 2014

Sri Lanka aim for sweep without Big Three


Match facts

February 22, 2014
Start time 1300 local (0700 GMT)

Big picture

The ODI series has been won by Sri Lanka after they took the second game in Mirpur by 61 runs, but for a 3-0 sweep they will have to win without Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene. Sri Lanka have not been without any of them in an ODI since Sangakkara made his debut in 2000. It gives a hurting Bangladesh an opportunity to salvage a victory and head into the Asia Cup with some confidence.

Compounding Bangladesh's problems, brought on by their batting capitulation in the first two games, is Shakib Al Hasan's suspension, after the allrounder reportedly made "an inappropriate gesture on television" during the second ODI. Their top order has not fired collectively, and when the team has made a start, no one has made it count. The more capable middle order is having a poor time too, especially Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah, and will be weakened by Shakib's absence for this ODI. The bowling attack has blown hot and cold, particularly the seam bowlers. Offspinner Sohag Gazi has been mediocre in this series. The problems are many and the team has faced mental barriers in crucial times.

There are expectations of this Bangladesh team but it comes from their improving record at home. They have failed against Sri Lanka, though, a consistently tough opponent for Bangladesh over the years.

Sri Lanka won the ODI series, in addition to the Tests and Twenty20s, because they papered over their cracks. The openers Kusal Perera and Dilshan contributed little in the first two games, and Dinesh Chandimal's form is also a concern. Sangakkara produced another hundred in the second ODI, but with him being rested for the final game Sri Lanka will want more from Kithuruwan Vithanage and Ashan Priyanjan. Their bowling looks a little thin without the extra pace bowler, despite the presence of Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews in the attack.

Form guide

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Watch out for

Angelo Mathews hasn't scored an ODI century but he remains highly effective as a middle-order batsman. He made an unbeaten 56, his 17th ODI fifty, in the second ODI and transformed Sri Lanka's total to a formidable one.

Mushfiqur Rahim top scored for Bangladesh in the second game but the innings went in vain. With the captaincy weighing on him, he needs to continue to lead from the front with his batting.

Team news

Bangladesh do not have room to experiment but there are some form and fitness concerns. Once again Mashrafe Mortaza's fitness will be assessed on the morning of the match. Mahmudullah is under scrutiny but could retain his place after Shakib's suspension. Naeem Islam may replace Shakib in the side.

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

Sri Lanka are without Dilshan, who suffered a hand injury in the second ODI. He is returning home but hasn't been ruled out of the Asia Cup yet. Dilshan had failed in the first two ODIs and his absence is an opportunity to give someone else a chance. Lahiru Thirimanne will join the squad as a replacement. Sangakkara has also been rested for the final game.

Sri Lanka possible (possible) 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Dinesh Chandimal, 4 Ashan Priyanjan, 5 Kithuruwan Vithanage, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Angelo Perera 9 Sachitra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis

Pitch and conditions

The pitch will be similar to those in the first two ODIs. Dew is likely to be an issue for the team bowling under lights so a large first-innings score is vital.

Stats and trivia


"We need a win to get out of this bad phase."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim

"If we can beat them 3-0, it would be ideal. But we will see how it goes and approach in a positive way as well in the next game and try to win the match."
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews

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

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  • Amila on February 22, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    SL plays without Big 6 today. Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan, Malinga, Kulasekara and Herath.

  • Yohan on February 22, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    First of all congrata to our team SL for series victory . it was not straight froward but our guys won key moments of these matches . Bnagladesh fought hard but could not finish games . i m so eager for today's' game where SL team is gonna play with out big 3 . Mahela and Sanga were pillars of SL batting after Aravinda , Sanath retired . Dilshan too joined to big set with all round performances . But as we all knows these thre will retire from ODI s after 2015 WC . So SL should get ready to accept it . this is a golden opportunity for all of us to have a look on youngsters . my xi for today - Kusal , Thiri , Chandimal , Priyanjan , Mathews , Kithruwan , Seekuge , Thisara , Sachitra , Malinga , Mendis . So we got a power hiiter + spinner in Seekuge to balance the side .

  • Sarath on February 22, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    encourage quality players like, Khausal Silva, Roshen Silva, Angelo Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, and other promising Schoolboy Cricketres that come out of School at regular basis, coming into the Team, but they are very happy and do encourage batters of lesser skills than them, coming, that is why once (Oct 2007 against England @ RPS ) there was no objection to the inclusion of a batter whose 1st Cla Bat Ave was just 23, at the time (with 100+ 1st Cla Inns experience) and was placed 186th in the batting list in the order of Run aggregate and 235th in the order Average in the Premier Div LO T'ment (2006/07)immediately prior to the Englishmen's visit in '07(Stats refer Cricinfo or any other good Cricket website). Ours is the only Country that doesn't take into account the consistency of a player. The Country's best and the most consistent left-arm spinner since'07 has always been overlooked (he is not allowed to play even against the visiting English Lions in the on-going Tour2bCNTD

  • Sarath on February 22, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    There is nothing so big in the performances of these 3; they should have been dropped 4 -5 years back. They have been allowed to continue despite their failures. There were periods that they have failed 15-25 times at a stretch.( Ref. Cricinfo)Bcause of the 3, we could hardly won a series at home since the day Attapattu left from the Top-order, These 3 have an in-born inability to perform under pressure, on lively pitches it is still worse. Due to the ignorance of Jokers & Puppets (of last 20 years) that prefers reckless hitters as front-line batters, the Team has found it difficult to maintain a winning consistency. The Country badly needs knowledgeable Cricketers as selectors, the ones we had about 25 years ago. The players has to be picked on performances and consistency, the manner the other countries do, but not on one single risky reckless batting performance with 101 straight-forward chances like the present Joker had done in his entire career. By the way 3 seniors don't 2bCNTD

  • Nuwan on February 22, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    oh great! now Thirimanna also in the team, another burden, but Chandimal will be relieved to have someone aboard with him for sure... we need performers not those kinda weight-downs.

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Now is the time SL can experiment . Why nor try Tissara or Vithanage to open. They may come across another Jayasooriya.

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    We want convincing win against team like BD. We got enough experience to beat these cats. Even if we lose it will be good experience for young players.

  • associate cricket fan on February 21, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    I think Chandimal should open the innings. He likes to play Arial shots. With fielders up in the circle, this will be ideal for him. Also he plays better against the fast bowlers.It worked for Indian team when they tried Rohit Sharma. Thirimanne can bat at No.3 where he is capable of stabilizing the innings.

  • chinthaka on February 21, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    BD needs serious fielding improvements as a collective team. Fielding standard is far low to be competitive in international games. Batting and bowling needs improvements too. One last thing is the matured game mentality. Every game is not 20/20. You need to change your game as per game and the situation. Sangakkara is one good example. SL will continue to support BD (example: Pakistan) cricket even no other giving them matches.

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    All I can say is, this is the real test for Sri Lanka. I don't know why every one going on about Thirimmane should not be playing. He did quit well comapring most other batsmens in pressure situations. Only problem that Thirimmane does not really look like a team player. I really think Chandimal should open batting. Left and right hand combination. Priyan maybe a good batsmen but not promising. You get this one too he made two 50s in odi but if he was chandimal he would already out of the side. Vitanage should remain in the team for sure.

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