The hosts will have their work cut out when they play against a new look Sri Lanka team, captained by an inform Kumar Sangakkara. The Sri Lankans have dominated against the home team by winning 26 of the 28 outings against the Bengali Tigers in the shorter version of the game.
Bangladesh need to get early in roads when bowling to the Sri Lankans, with the top three namely Dilshan, Tharanga , and skipper Sangakkara showing excellent form in the recently concluded series against India.
Chamara Silva is back in the side. Also batsmen in the caliber of Samaraweera, Thirimanne and Kandamby are all capable of scoring big runs on placid pitches. The pitch will not be as batsman friendly as what we saw in India; however the pitch in Dhaka is expected to favor batsman. Sri Lanka will go in with a seven four combination, it is envisaged that the visitors will use two specialist fast bowlers and two spinners.
Suraj Randiv the lanky off spinner will be the first choice with Malinga Bandara as the wrist spinner who is also capable with the bat. Chanaka Welegedera will definitely be the first choice from the seam department. Kulasekera is expected to share the new ball, since he will add variety with his right arm deadly in dippers. Lahiru Tirimanne is looking forward for his debut, hence he too is in the equation, and it will be a tough choice for the selectors when naming the playing eleven.
Thissara Perera was impressive in his first outing against India, when he smacked 38 runs off 14 deliveries, one reckons, the youngster will do what Angelo does in the middle order.
Bangladesh is a fast improving side. Since they have been out of International Cricket for sometime, they might be a bit rusty up front. Ashraful has been their match winner over the years. Lookout for players in the caliber of Shakibul Hassan an excellent all-rounder, Shahadot Hossain who bowls quick and will take the responsibility in controlling the new ball in the absence of Mashrafe Mortaza, who is nursing an injury. Raqibul Hassan who bowls off spin is a good find, while Mushifiqur Rahim has impressed behind the stumps.
Mushifiqur can bat at any position, that’s an added advantage. Mahamudulla and Tamim Iqbal are players to watch while the inclusion of Aftab Ahmed will definitely strengthen the Bangladeshi batting line up. The home team lack pace up front but they will make up for it with their spin cordon and are blessed with plenty of all rounders which augurs well for them as a unit.
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