Sri Lanka gave a perfect send-off to their legendary bowler Lasith Malinga in Colombo. A comprehensive 91-run win on Friday has given them a 1-0 lead. Sri Lanka will now look to wrap the series on Sunday in the second ODI.
Bangladesh have a lot to ponder, especially since they looked below par throughout. Another bad day could be fatal to their hopes in the series. Sri Lanka will hope that the euphoria around Malinga will not be a hindrance.
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Kusal Perera scored a scintillating century (111 off 99 balls) in the first ODI. That lifted Sri Lanka to a match-winning 314 for 8. It was another aggressive knock from the left-hander. Malinga then delivered a perfect bowling masterclass with 3 for 38.
Another batting masterclass is expected from the Sri Lankan top-order. It will be interesting to see if Perera plays this game, considering he had a back injury. Regardless, there is confidence flowing in the squad. The Lankans will hope to keep their winning momentum going.
After a long time, Bangladesh had a very poor game in all departments. Shafiul Islam picked up three wickets. However, it was a disappointing show with the ball for Bangladesh. Unless they improve, it could be another long day for the visitors.
Mushfiqur Rahim (67) and Sabbir Rahman (60) were the only success stories with the bat. Everyone else struggled for the visitors. Bangladesh will hope that the likes of Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal come out of their poor show and make it big.
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Kusal Perera continued from his World Cup form with a sparkling century in the first ODI. He will hope to be among the runs once again.
Mushfiqur Rahim made sure that Shakib’s absence is not felt with a good knock. He will be the key for Bangladesh’s hopes.
Angelo Mathews had a wretched period with the bat, but the century against India in the last league match proved to be a game changer.
Sri Lanka: 1 Dimuth Karunaratne (C) 2 Kusal Perera (WK) 3 Avishka Fernando 4 Kusal Mendis 5 Angelo Mathews 6 Lahiru Thirimanne 7 Dhananjaya de Silva 8 Thisara Perera 9 Nuwan Pradeep 10 Lahiru Kumara 11 Akila Dananjaya
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal (C) 2 Soumya Sarkar 3 Mohammad Mithun 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (WK) 5 Mahmudullah 6 Sabbir Rahman 7 Mosaddek Hossain 8 Mustafizur Rahman 9 Mehidy Hasan 10 Rubel Hossain 11 Shafiul Islam
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