Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Hambantota

Bangladesh look to build on recent ODI success

The Preview by Mohammad Isam in Hambantota

March 22, 2013

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Match facts

March 23, Hambantota
Start time 1430 local (0830GMT)

Dinesh Chandimal tucks a delivery away towards the leg side, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Hambantota, November 10, 2012
Dinesh Chandimal will look to improve his batting record at home © AFP

Big picture

As much as this series is Sri Lanka's preparation for the Champions Trophy in England, they would be wary of slipping up against Bangladesh. The visitors' last ODI appearance was a series win at home against West Indies.

A consistently confident Bangladesh team is still uncommon, but in one-dayers they are a hungry young side on the hunt to topple a higher-ranked team. They had success in that regard last year and this three-ODI series, their first of 2013, will be a way to build on that confidence.

Bangladesh were Asia Cup runners-up in April last year and then beat West Indies in December. They hardly played one-day cricket in between but it is a format they are comfortable with, more than Tests or Twenty20. Their captain Mushfiqur Rahim has been the team's top-scorer in the last 12 months and, alongside his deputy Mahmudullah, has to shoulder the batting responsibility. Tamim Iqbal, returning from injury, wasn't in good form against West Indies and needs to make a good start to this series.

In the bowling department, Bangladesh will miss two of their most influential players: Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Mortaza. In their absence Abdur Razzak will have to lead an inexperienced attack. Bangladesh are also without Nazmul Hossain, who was ruled out of the series after suffering a knee injury while training in Colombo on Wednesday.

For the hosts, Angelo Mathews leads a relatively young side, but for the first match at least Sri Lanka are likely to pick their best XI, leaving the experiments for after they have a lead. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara are the pillars of the batting line-up, but Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne and Kithuruwan Vithanage will be exciting to watch.

Form guide

(most recent first)

Sri Lanka: LNWWL
Bangladesh: WLLWW

In the spotlight

Dinesh Chandimal has played 15 out of his 50 ODIs at home, but averages only 16 in them. Only one of his nine half-centuries has come in Sri Lanka, so he has an opportunity to improve on that unusual record.

Mahmudullah was one of the main performers when Bangladesh beat West Indies. He averages 88 in his last six ODIs but his form in the Test series in Sri Lanka has caused concern. He is known for going through the occasional dip in form, and Bangladesh hope he can come out of it quickly.

Team News

Kushal Perera, who played in the ODI series in Australia, is likely to be picked. Kumar Sangakkara will take Mahela Jayawardene's spot, while offspinner Sachitra Senanayake is likely to replace Rangana Herath, who has been rested.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Kushal Perera, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekera, 10 Sachitra Senanayake, 11 Lasith Malinga.

Pace bowling remains a concern for Mushfiqur Rahim as Bangladesh go into the game without Mashrafe Mortaza. He has options like the left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain and big-hitting allrounder Ziaur Rahman, but Bangladesh are likely to retain a playing eleven that is close to the team that beat West Indies in December, though Shafiul Islam isn't in the tour party.

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Mohammad Ashraful, 4 Mahmudullah, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Mominul Haque/Ziaur Rahman, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Abul Hasan, 10 Abdur Razaak, 11 Rubel Hossain.

Pitch and conditions

The pitch in Hambantota has a tinge of green and, given the record at this venue, it is likely to be a factor once again. The wind blowing from the east and west sides of the ground will also be a factor. Batsmen, however, have been comfortable at the ground, with the average run rate being around five runs an over.

Stats and Trivia

  • Bangladesh won the last game between these two two sides, during the Asia Cup. It was their third win in 30 ODIs.

  • Kumar Sangakkara needs 149 runs to become the highest run-getter for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh in ODIs. He is already the highest scorer in Tests against Bangladesh.


"When you look at the team, everyone is committed to being a professional. So that makes my job as captain easy, because they all know how to get the best out of themselves."
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews.

"We are a much better ODI team. We haven't played well abroad, so that's the concern. But we are looking ahead to the opportunity."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim.

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Posted by Sinhaya on (March 23, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

Stop counting the chickens before they hatch. Just enjoy the cricket. We are South Asians meaning brothers of the same mother. Lets be more peaceful here.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 23, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

Kid 1: My father is the best in the world. He can drive a Car. Kid 2: No. My father is the best. He drives a Bus. Kid 3: No way. Mine is the best. He drives a Truck. The comments here are like that. When SL fans talk about legends like Mahela, BD fans talk about Shakib (going to be new legend). When BD fans say that they are going to whitewash SL, SL fans say that we are going to whitewash BD.

Posted by n0n0nsense on (March 23, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Our Shakib-Al-Hasan is going to be new legend...and whatever he has earned at this very young age...none of your players has even got close to that. Only one Shakib is enough to bash your team up! BD is definitely gonna miss his service...but unlike SL, BD does not depend only one "legendary" player.

Posted by Jawwad123 on (March 23, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

bangladesh need to have a plan which they usually do if they have confidence just like the windies series.......a nice one would be involving k sanga

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (March 23, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

@Third_Gear ; We're missing our LEGENDARY Mahela Jayawardene. Mahela alone is equal to whole BD team :)) But its ok coz we don't need to deploy Legends like Mahela to whitewash a mediocre team like Bangladesh. Again watch out for our "NEW SANA BOY" Kushal Perera. BD is going down !!! So Brace yourself for impact.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

To be honest, with today's lineup looks like Bangladesh cannot win the match but hope for the best & a close match.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

If BD win the toss and elected to fielding i hope BD Won the macth.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

@ Third_Gear are you looking dream :)

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

who crying for shakib n mashrafe. can't they remeber all the whitewashes when they played with the lions...come on yaar !!!

Posted by British_North_America on (March 23, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

Dhutugemunu In this case, I agree with you.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

Bangladesh will win the match and series also......

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

Srilanka is much much better side. I hope BD can do their best. If i am not wrong in world stage, last three world cups in different format Srilanka was in final. Just can not pass the final hurdle. They have extricable great records for performing well in world cricket beside being a small cricket nation. So guys, just calm down and show a god respect towards Srilanka team.

Posted by Third_Gear on (March 23, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

SL is lucky that BD is missing Shakib and Mashrafi in the lineup still itsgoing to be 2-1 series win for Tigers.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 23, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

Here we go. There is a "Nostradamus" from BD (Razeeb Khan) who can predict the scorecard of today's game. lol

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

Sure bangldesh will win first odi

Posted by SL_rockz on (March 23, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

SL defeated australia in their own backyard ....With all younger players who are playing this series as well..... So BD will not need to worry about our young talent please..They keep coming..Meanwhile just try to earn a bilateral series with australia in australia NOt to win but even jsut to play .. :P

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

BD is a poor lineup.IT'S A 3-0 WHITEWASH FOR SL.BD can't even challenge them.BD should know that sri lanka is one of the best sides in the world but BD defenetly has a brighter cricket future..they can improve a lot.any way this series is only SL....

Posted by malingak on (March 23, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

Ban.winarz Rehzz Michael bevan eng Like ยท Just now Bharat Kum

Posted by cowb on (March 23, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

BD should keep aside a batsmen this time.... pick another regular bowling option...though... (Lasith Malinga will feature for the first time in tour) GoodLuck

Posted by DJyash on (March 23, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

@Mohammad Faahad Hossain -BD cricket is only 14??may be you are only 14 to give such lame excuses BD played their first ODI in 1986(only 11 years after SL first ODI, under the captain of Gazi Ashraf, until that day up to 2012(26 years)(played 255+ international games until 2012 but still couldn't win a world cup and still a minnow,Sl only played 215+ games to win their first ever world tittle) except one occasion in 2007(which They extended super 6 in to 8) they couldn't reach even super group . SL in the other hand reach 1996 WC finals and won the ultimate gift in the cricket world.since then except 99 SL have been in the super group in all the WC and 1 time semi finalist and 2 times finalist in 50-50 cricket,and the no-1 team in the world for T20.But after 27 years from their firt ODI game BD have been a minnow then and now. First look at your own history before you talk about others history

Posted by real26_03 on (March 23, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

Hoping for a good contest this time despite Bangladesh loosing some important players!!

Posted by sanju1985 on (March 23, 2013, 3:27 GMT)

someone hopping miracle here. but friends be fare & think wise Sri Lanka is a much strong side when it comes to ODI. there should be a good contest. BD is a decent side with talent. but it is tuff to beat SL. let's hope a good game

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

Score Prediction : Sri Lanka 282/7 Bangladesh : 283/5 in 49.4 overs

Posted by Prem2248 on (March 23, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

Angelo Perera, Khausal Silva, Roshen Silva,Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Malida Pushpakumara, Tharindu Khausal have nothing to prove any longer cos they have already proven enough). Like India SL too should employ more spinners than pace bowlers of no-pace nor swing. Bowlers works in tan-dem , therefore we should employ at least too quality spinners (that can spin the ball & take bounce off the wkt)) in every Team.

Posted by Prem2248 on (March 23, 2013, 0:17 GMT)

Soon after the retirement of Murali they, the jokers wanted to give his (Murali's) place to this very ordinary left-armer, whom they have been trying since 1999 either in 1st XI or 2nd XI sides, that can't take wkts of good batsmen unless they throw their wkts away( very ordinary performer in Domestic scene as well). Having faith in these over hyped henchmen is the main cause that that we are unable to perform well against, quality teams like Eng Aus SA, Ind even at home. Though the Jokers give excuses for dropping of over-hyped players that can't perform under pressure they have failed to give reasons for continuously dropping of quality young Domestic players who have maintained consistency since their schooldays a thing all over-hyped seniors have failed to do. I have a strong belief that these over-hyped seniors are ruining the future of SL's Cricket by not allowing their (young Promising players',) due place in the Team, at the right time. By the way Chandimal, (2 B CNTD)

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (March 23, 2013, 0:14 GMT)

I will try Ziaur Rahman instead of Mominul Haque. Zia can be used as a handy pace bowler. We saw his performance against WI in T20 games. He is a hard hitter too. Here is my best XI: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Mohammad Ashraful, 4 Mahmudullah, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Ziaur Rahman, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Abul Hasan, 10 Abdur Razaak, 11 Rubel Hossain.

Posted by hasib9 on (March 22, 2013, 23:27 GMT)

This is going to be tough for the BD selectors as Shakib is both a full time bowler and a full time batsman. I hope Sri Lankans mow the outfield grass this time. If they need a lawn mower I can buy them one.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

fight fight and fight..Tigers should fight till death!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 23:16 GMT)

Good luck to both teams. Specially Tigers

Posted by Dunwall on (March 22, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu: You described the very reason why ICC didn't discard BD from test arena, becoz of their passionate fans! Every time, when they lost a series, they just shrug it off and start hoping for the next one to shine...that's I think comes from their genuine love for cricket. I respect should too..

Posted by fah4 on (March 22, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

BD should play positive cricket and use their bowlers wisely Abdur Razzak should be in playing XI he is good ODI bowler. Nasir should be used up in the order. My line up will be 1. Tamim 2. Anamul 3. Ashraful 4. Nasir 5. Mushfiqur 6. Mominul 7. Mahmuduallah 8. Sohag 9. Abdur Razzak 10.Abul Hasan and 11. Rubel Hussain

Posted by SaidurRahmanSagor on (March 22, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Let's wish some good cricket from both of the teams. Being a BD fan I feel pride that we never give up on our team. It's true that sometimes we think too much positive of our team. But it is also true that Bangladesh can beat anyone on their day like any other team in this world. Before you say anything, you should shake up your memory a little bit; we made it to last Asia Cup Final to prove our continuous improvement and guess who were beaten in those games. SL is definitely a better side, and has every right to lose against a "minnow". So if SL loses tomorrow, SL fans need not to feel ashamed; BD fans will still think that SL team is a better side. Peac.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 22, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Lions will find no way out of the Tigers furious fist...... Yeah , Bring it on.....

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

Hi SRI dont shout>I knw u r good team but in this tour without Sanga and Heart u r Nothing but zero.So watch the game and enjoy it.Its shame that ur r doing contest with a team like ban as ur a world cup chap.the age of bd cricket is 14 dont not for get it and u got champion more than 14 years ago.So surely ur a better team.So, i am repeated again that shame SRI ur r doing contest with a team like bd.

Posted by Lakpj on (March 22, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

@ Reza Chowdhury I can't see any difference in the way India, Pakistan and SL playing at the moment. SL got beaten in the test series in Aus and did quite well in the shorter formats. Pakistan got trashed in SA in tests and now showing some fight in the ODI series. India got beaten by Eng on their home soil and now have beaten Australian team which could be the worst test team to come form that country during past 2 decades. So I doubt any team of that I mentioned above can be proud or be disappointed with the results of the past 4 months or so.

Posted by supporter_of_minnows on (March 22, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

as far as BD fans commenting BD whitewashing SL i dont see that coming cos even if we beat them its not gonna be more than a 2-1!!hope our batsmen play well against malinga & kula as i know they are the biggest threat to BD win tomorrow!! and also i hope BD somehow gets the great SANGA & n other SL batsmen (no offense to them as i tried to mention the superiority of Sanga over other SL batsmen) cheaply!! Best of luck to both teams!! and ofcourse we want our revenge SL..RUN TIGERS ARE COMING (no offense) :P :)

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

After all these years, BD is still not as strong as they should have been now. They have hardly been consistent and performed well outside the subcontinent. A random win here and there and that has been it. They have played mostly against teams like Kenya ,Ireland, Canada or Zimbabwe. They are not even in the upcoming Champions Trophy for being no.9 in the ODI ratings. Thats too poor. Hope they play series against ODI giants like SA, Aus, End or Pak to help their ranking.

Posted by supporter_of_minnows on (March 22, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

1 Tamim Iqbal, 2/3 Anamul Haque/Jahurul Islam, 4 Mahmudullah, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim, 6 Mominul Haque, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Ziaur Rahman/Mosharraf Hossain, 10 Abdur Razaak, 11 Rubel Hossain -i think anamul cud partner tamim well in the odis as we saw in Wi series -i dnt think 1 good test score(190) of ash justifies a place in odis -mahmudullah shud bat at 4 as we saw he played well at that pos in Wi series rather than 7, (and also test is a different format than odis) -nasir has no choice other than batting at 7 as all other places are occupied and he scored 100 at that pos although i dont support thios point much -Bd shud rather go with an extra spinner rather than zia as we already saw in the tests that spin negated the effect of seaming wicket in 2nd test -zia shud be taken if BD fears of losing their top order quickly not as a seamer as he doesnt swing nor has a good pace hope BD wins this match and then the series!! best of luck TIGERS!!

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 22, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Dear SL friends; Let BD fans have some fun (singithi aathal) before the series begins. We can have fun later watching their excuses (No Shakib, No Mortasa, Umpiring decisions, Pitch or outfield), lots of ifs, comments on SL future, comments on SL old players. Finally they will say we are going to whitewash SL next year at home. No offense to all BD fans.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 22, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

I must say Bangladesh is not any less favorite than Sri Lanka. Bangladesh has more than capability to beat any team in the world.For those who say Bangladesh is too far behind from cricket,i think it's you who are way far behind from reality or need to come out of the cave to know what is going on the earth. Think as many times as you can before making such comment that only makes look great fool. Thanks Pal ...

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

SL fans always live in a dream..pls woke up & learned how other big teams are playing international cricket (specially India & Pakistan)..your are always ready to argument not for concrete comments or any good luck wishes..poor supporter...

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Hope super talented young BD team will win the match ..

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

ooh poor b'desh supporters! they told they will win test but they couldn't now they telling they can beat us in ODI's?? ODI bowler kula is not the test bowler! he is faaar better1,with Malinga and thisara ohh poor bdesh u don't have any chanse of winnig this

Posted by Lakpj on (March 22, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

@ cairo if 5 players had fired for Bangladesh in every match they would have lifted a WC or two by now. that is the thing with ODIs most games are decided on one or 2 individual brilliances. Teams winning ODIs through collective efforts is not impossible but kind of not so frequent. If you take the wins that Bangladesh have recorded against major teams, there have been some great individual performances behind many of those. Some performances of Tamim, Shakib and Ashraful comes to my mind.

Posted by cairo on (March 22, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Sakib is not big matter. We need to play our natural game. I believe if 5 of our player make click than we will win.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

Since Mahmudullah has been promoted his form has not been good. I think he is best at number 6 position, someone scoring 32 average at that position is very good!! never the less Nasir should not be betting at number 7, for me he is top top batsman number for 4 is very ideal for him. However I'm still not convinced enough for Ashraful to be in the team though, a rare 190 is not gonna change thinking about him but I hope he proves me wrong and shows up the player he was 4 years ago!!

Posted by Lakpj on (March 22, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

If the Bangladesh are to pullout something, they need Tamim to fire through out the series. he is the only genuine match winner they have. guys like Nazir, Mahmadullah will only be at their most dangerous selves if they get a strong platform to work with. Without Shakib their bowling too seems weak too, if the SL top order gets a good start then Bangladesh will find it hard to stop them scoring. Too much pressure will be on Gazi.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (March 22, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Hopefully Anamul Haque returns but Malinga will be very tough to face so no risks against him for now and early on but Sri Lanka are strong favourites in this series hopefully a few surprises.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 22, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

look at the names of the SL squad 8 of them are youngsters, yet whole world know about them and don't need any introduction. this is the most balanced team, hope at this time we will win the champions trophy.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

Jamal- I think u r mistaken. Mahmudullah is a good batsman. But I think that going back to his old batting position of number 7 is the best option for him / us. We will miss Mashrafee and Shakib too. But I like Razzak and Gazi - both great bowlers. Lets hops for some good cricket and ofcourse a Tigers victory :)

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 22, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

OMG winning a single ODI against a SL in last year make some of the BD fans to be over the moon.

D.Sabbir Islam Asif... all the SL fans here are talking about young guns, who fired against Australians in their own backyard. these BD's looks to me only watching games that their team playing, so it's not wonder why they don't know much about cricket and what's going on in other countries. open your eyes, and come to reality you are still far far behind long way to go...

Posted by SL_rockz on (March 22, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

I m pretty sure most of BD fans will make a common excuse that they have done even before the series that IF sakib was there they cud have won...Always BD fans use IF because they more often ended up in loosing side .Pitches,umpires,toss etc will be highlighting excuses by BD fans after they lost the series...If i am wrong watch out after the series..It has become a BAD HABIT by BD fans ....You need to stop excusing and find what went wrong and try to make up...Do not try to defend ur favourite player or team by excusing...It wont make a nation progress...Will only give a temporary satisfaction....No major team and their fans make such excuses even though they lost to weaker sides even..Just a thought for BD fans...U have to change ur attitude mate......Thanks...

Posted by iamabir12 on (March 22, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

well who knows bangladesh might even end on wining side....!!!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

goodness gracious.....some SL supproters are cheering for thier old guns to fire again............wake up buddies

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Bangladesh is an emerging side. SL is too strong for them. We are talking about a team who got Australia all out for 75 runs in Brisbane here.

Posted by The_Ashes on (March 22, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Its better to be positive than negative so 3-0 to Bangladesh. Sri Lanka are not supposed to only win by 3-0 but with a margin of 50 or more runs and/or 5 or more wickets with more than 5 overs to spare since you are playing minnows.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

Hoping to see another fight from the Tigers!

Posted by ostad on (March 22, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

I don't want Ashraful to play the ODI. He will hardly make average 10 runs. I want to keep both Mominul Haque and Ziaur Rahman instead.

Posted by Fogu on (March 22, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

@Great-shot444, not all BD fans are illogical just like not all SL fans are logical. BD can not be called a minnow in one dayers. Over the last year they have a much better one day records with wins over IN, WI and yes, your SL. Yes, in Tests we are not as strong a squad as we hope for but we are definitely improving. It is foolish for BD fans to predict 3-0 whitewash and it is just as silly for you to predict 3-0 whitewash. I think it will be a good, competitive series. Go Tigers!

Posted by Rafelgibt on (March 22, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

@Great-shot444 on (March 22, 2013, 14:29 GMT) I got what BAN supporters are going to say after losing the series.But what about the SL if they loss?They are preparing for the Champions trophy or exposing more chances for the youngsters or something else?Kindly keep ready for few if the odd occurs.All the best mate.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

I think toss is the key for first two ODI s.Playing in under lights at Habantota will be difficult for the batsmans .

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 22, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

I can bet when BD looses this series then their ill logical supporterz come up with a lame excuse that SHAKIB was not in the team. He is just a single player , not a whole team. When he was in ur team you were loosing also.

Posted by Fogu on (March 22, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

I am a BD fan but I must say some BD fans go overboard with their comments. It is good to support our team but come on. Comments like it will be easy victory and 3-0 whitewash of SL. Really. I understand we have a better one day team than tests and we have confidence in our team but SL is a tough outfit. Mash and Shakib are also not playing. I am hoping for a good competitive series and BD win. And Jamal, there are no perfect match winners. Mahmuddullah has played match winning knocks in the past and he is a good player. He should bat at number 7 though. He is better there. Nasir should move up to 5/6 and Zia should play anywhere between 3-7 depending on how the game goes. Go Tigers!

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 22, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Minnows should be playing with ZIM, Kenya, afghanistan. They are wasting the time . 3-0 to SL

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

This series will be great for some experiments with uncapped youngsters, and surely will be a great practice towards Champions Trophy.

Posted by Energetic. on (March 22, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

This is the best moment for Bangladesh to prove they are becoming much better.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

Kumar Sangakkara needs 178 score to become the highest run-getter for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh in ODIs. Not 149 runs wrong stat

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

gd luck both teams hope 4 fight...SL can win

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Mahmudullah should be dropped, because he is not a perfect match winner. Bangladesh needs more match winners who can play and get runs in the pressure situation (like nasir).

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 22, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

@Kasun Welikadage - Its all about the present mate not the past. Hopefully when Bangladesh beat you in this series, you Sri Lanka fans won't go to that head to head record as a last resort to show your remorse ;)

Posted by Perera32 on (March 22, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Sri lanka have all aspects covered in the One day outfit. Good blend of youth and experienced batsmen, useful allrounders (dilshan,thisara,angelo,jeevan), striking ballers (malinga,Kula). The only worry is if Mathews can build an innings with the bat if SL gets into trouble. Can't wait to see Thisara Perera, Kushal Perera and Malinga back in action.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 22, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

I like the Playing XI. I am waiting to see how kushal perera does on tomorrow.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 22, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

It doesn't matter if Bangladesh are missing its 2 best limited overs players Shakib and Mashrafe, our team is still good enough to crush Lankans 3-0.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

Chandimal at no 5 ? Don`ttry to ruin him..He should bat at no 3 or 4

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 22, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

I am a bangladeshi and I dont understand why before every series my fellow Bangladeshis start talking about winning the series easily, Where is the point of Gloating??? Yes I do believe BD can beat SL but based on what I can say that BD gonna win this series easily??? Some Sri Lankan fan here talking trash about us and don't get urself down to their level mates

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 22, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

Easy victory for SL . BD should be playing with ZIM . Not with SL or any other top ranked team

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

best of luck Bangladesh .Definitely we will win

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

@Bangladesh fans - i think its better less talk and more work.just coz of win a single series against west indies you consider your self a ODI specialist . XD dude grow up.then we can call our team best team in the decade because we came to finals for 2 ODI world cups and 3 T20 world cups in last 10 years .

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

well no one want to let their side no one talk about their weaknesses in this comment line.xD . the trueth is sri lanka got chance of winning this odi series for few reasons.its their home soil and looks like pitch is i think sri lanka get advantage of pitch coz they simply play 4 seamers and 2 spinners(even if you consider with all rounders) .and the new pick batmans are most of them in form coz of the domestic season specially kushal score 300+ last time.and bangaladesh dont have two of their key players.from bangala point of view.sri lanka rather new side.specially inexperience team .so they have advantage of experience and they consider them self as a speciallist on lets see. how things going on.but my guess is SL will win

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Sri Lankans only concern is Mathews batting.. I this anji must come after chandimal.. and we also can give a chance to jeven play high in the order if he play..

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

@ creakit, spot on! gonig to be a piece of cake for bangladesh as they have already won 3 matches out of 33 against sri lanka.

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 22, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

On the start of every series, Erogant BD supporterz predictied that their team will win, after the series when they lost, then these fans have a courage to predict BD win for another series. :-)

Posted by palis123 on (March 22, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

@cricinfo Isn't it wise to do the editing before publishing? I can swear I saw a text saying Tharanga will be picked instead of Kushal. Now Tharanga's name is not even in the probable 11.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 22, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Mahmudlullah should bat at lower order.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (March 22, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

We beat Pakistan 3-1 last time and New zealand 3-0 and squared the series 2-2 against a Australia (we would have won if not for the washout).We were the finalists in the commonwealth cup. Other than Asia cup and India series our recent performances has been clean.

Looks like a clean-sweep for us.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

Taranga is better than k.janith there is no doubt.. but these days he is out of form. so definitely we must give a chance to player who scored 300+ runs.. and he also better than taranga in feid..

Posted by 94Colombo on (March 22, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

Why no Jahrul? He seemed like an aggressor in the test. I guess he should open with tamim. I guess Kusal should open with Dilshan. It'll be good if he can deliver what sanath did for us during the last decade.

Posted by PANKAJ_GOGIYA on (March 22, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

srilanka will win the series.Bangladesh is not consistent enough...

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 22, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

This is the perfect time for Bangladesh to prove that their recent success was no fluke.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 22, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

I disagree Mahmudullah should be batting that high up in the order and should play in 6 or 7. Nasir should play at 5 already has a 100 in this format and needs as much strike as possible. A player like Zia gets a lot of criticism these days but if the wicket is green then we need his fast bowling as 2 pacers won't do.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

All the best Lions....My Playing XI is: Dilshan, Kausal Parera, Sanga, Thirimane, Chandimal, Angelo, T. Parera, N.Kulasekera, S.senanayake, Lasith Malinga..

Posted by palis123 on (March 22, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Kushal Janith was good enough to be pick instead of Tharanga in Australia, but not here? What a joke. Give the guy a decent go he must be brimming with confidence after the 300!!!

Posted by creakit on (March 22, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

easy victory for Bangladesh

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