Sri Lanka win toss, opt to bat against Bangladesh

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28th May, 2021 12:51:38 PM printer

Sri Lanka win toss, opt to bat against Bangladesh

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first against Bangladesh in the third and final one-day international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Friday.

The visitors added three uncapped players— Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratna and Binura Fernando -- and also brought up Niroshan Dickwella in the playing XI.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, overlooked Liton Das and Mohammad Saifuddin. To replace them, Mohammad Naim and Taskin Ahmed have been included in the playing XI.

Liton has been going through a bad patch for a while now. In his last 10 innings, Liton failed to reach two-digit scores on four occasions with three ducks, prompting the team management to re-think his place in the playing XI.

Saifuddin, on the other hand, suffered a blow on his head in the last game. Taskin bowled in the last game as the first-ever concussion substitute in ODIs. As a precautionary step, the team management rested him in the last game.

Naim played an ODI against Zimbabwe earlier last year but didn’t get a chance to bat. He also played nine T20Is for the Tigers and amassed 303 runs with an average of 33.66.

The Tigers have already earned their maiden series win over the tourists by winning the opening two games convincingly.

The victories also helped them reach the top of the points table of ICC World Cup Super League.

Bangladesh have previously clean-swept teams like Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ireland, Pakistan, West Indies and New Zealand one or a few times in ODI series involving three or more matches and now they have the opportunity to add Sri Lanka to the list.


Sri Lanka XI: Kusal Perera (capt), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhanajaya Da Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera.


Bangladesh XI: Tamim Iqbal (capt), Mohammad Naim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman.