Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 March 18, 2013

Herath rested for Bangladesh ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been rested for the first two games of the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, which begins on March 23. Mahela Jayawardene missed out as he is yet to fully recover from a fracture to the middle finger of his left hand.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was included in the 16-man squad "subject to fitness" according to Sri Lanka Cricket's press release, and chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said his involvement is subject to recovery from a quadriceps strain. However, Dilshan showed no signs of discomfort while bowling at the ongoing Test against Bangladesh on Monday.

Twenty-three-year-old batsmen Angelo Perera and Kithuruwan Vithanage earned call-ups, having both impressed in Sri Lanka's List A tournament, as well as the first-class competition. Vithanage had also debuted in Tests against Bangladesh in Galle. Allrounder Sachith Pathirana, also 23, also has a place in the 16-man squad.

Wicketkeeper-bastman Kushal Janith Perera, who is coming of first-class scores of 203, 97 and 336 in his last three matches, is also in the squad. Perera had a successful introduction to international cricket in the limited-overs leg of Sri Lanka's Australia tour.

Offspinner Sachithra Senanayake was the recipient of a central contract in 2013, and finds himself back in the squad, having last played for Sri Lanka in August 2012. Alongside Pathirana, he effectively replaces Ajantha Mendis and Akila Dananjaya, both of whom had played in the Australia limited overs matches.

The series will be Angelo Mathews' first as full time ODI captain, and will be played in Hambantota, which hosts two matches, and Pallekele. The squad may change for the third ODI, and a single Twenty20 fill follow the one-dayers.

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  • Shoaib on March 21, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka are an ordinary team now. They'll have no chance in this one-day series.

  • Shoaib on March 21, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Bangladesh will beat new minnows Sri Lanka 3-0 just watch.

  • chami on March 21, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    It is great to see Akila Dananjaya out, i did not see anything special of him except Mahela try to protect him, may be Sachithra Senanayake should get his place unlessl Akila earns his place,

    probable Dilshan will play first match and rest, may be Kula need a break too

    Great selection !!!

  • Uwaisul on March 20, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Ohhh No. Upul Tharanga again??????????????? I would like to see Sanga & Kula also to be rested & It doesn't seems like Dilshan is having too many problems considering the way he bowled & batted in the 2nd Test. 1) TM Dilshan, 2) Kushal Perera 3) Dinesh Chandimal 4) Kumar Sangakkara 5)Angelo Mathews 6) Angelo Perera, 7) Jeevan Mendis / Sachith Pathirana, 8)Thisara Perera, 9) Sachithra Senanayake, 10) Nuwan Kulasekara,11) Lasith Malinga

  • sameera on March 20, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    only thing missing in this squad is a left arm fast bowler(not welagedara or udana)..and amazed by the inclution of tharanga who has got lots of chances and didn't prove his talent with the bat and he's so bad in the team for the first 2 ODIs 1.Kusal 2.Dilly 3.Sanga 4.Chandimal 5.Angelo Perera 6.Mathews 7.Jeevan 8.Thisara 9.Sachithra 10.Kula 11.Mali and if the pitch suits fast bowlers rest kula and bring Shaminda Eranga...coz i would like to see 2 the battle of Mali n Shaminda for the fast bowlers place....

  • Rakitha on March 20, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    I have no clue what Upul Tharanga is still doing here? This is high time to get rid of him and blood a new young batsman for his place. Selectors should also consider about finding a good allrounder as a replacement for Jeevan Mendis. My XI for 1st ODI 01)Kushal Perera, 02)Dilshan, 03)Sangakkara, 04)Chandimal, 05)Mathews, 06)Thirimanne/Angelo Perera, 07)Thisara Perera, 08)Sachith Pathirana, 09)Kulasekara, 10)Shaminda Eranga, 11)Malinga

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    for the people that keep going on about dilshan munaweera let it go......the guy is not that good a player.......more like a hit and miss type of player.....evan just a park player can do that job......i dont know what type of coaches SL has but someone needs 2 give this kid some advise on how 2 play.....but very impressed with young kausal janith ......his very solid has good footwork a great eye and attacks if its there.....I think this kid is going 2 reach great hights.

  • Hasitha on March 20, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Wow Kushal Janith Angelo Perera Thisara Perera Might be a six hiting competition

  • Lakpriya on March 20, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    ODI may be Bangladeshis favorite but one thing they should remember is that SL is one of the best teams when it comes to shorter formats. Bangladesh seems to talk so much about a one off victory in the Asia cup. If you look at the score card of that match some of the core players of SL ODI team like Thisara, Mathews, Chandimal, Jeewan didn't play in that game. The selected squad for this series may be young, but a very talented bunch is there.

  • Dinindu on March 20, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    If in case Dilshan is not fit Sri Lanka should try opening the innings with Kusal Perera and Sachith Pathirana. Two Sanaths in front ha ha......... and Angelo perera at 6 and Thisara at 8 Sri Lanka is going to have 4 5 power hitters for the first time...... looking forward to enjoy!!!!!!!

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