BAN vs SL Dream11 : Sri Lanka and Bangladesh get their ODI series underway today as Lasith Malinga prepares to retire
With the Cricket World Cup being held this year, we are in for an extremely rigorous and hectic schedule from the land of cricket. Despite the CWC a little more than 10 days old now, we already have our first international ODI series upcoming our way with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh set to clash heads starting today.
The two teams will take on each other in the first of the three ODIs slated in this series on Friday with both the teams looking to put behind them the predicament of the World Cup. While Bangladesh still managed to defeat West Indies and South Africa, the only major cricketing country Sri Lanka managed to get past were England in what was a massively disappointing quadrennial tournament for the side. They ended right in the trenches of the league standings, something they’ll be looking to overturn come today.
And with today’s encounter being the last time Lasith Malinga will be playing for the side as well, expect Sri Lanka to up their ante against Bangladesh. With both the sides having seen their encounter at the World Cup being abandoned due to heavy rainfall, the two teams will be looking to have a go at each other in a series which promises to be closely contested.
The last time the two teams had met, Sri Lanka had fallen down by 137 runs in the Asia Cup back in 2018. And ever since then, there has been no moment of cheer in Sri Lanka cricket with the team emerging to be a source of bitter dejection across the course of the last year. While the batting has still seen some decent performances, it’s the bowling unit which has massively let the side down, seeing the country unravel at a howler of a rate.
With the match being played under overcast conditions today, Sri Lanka’s pace heavy unit might just finally come good for the side once. The ball will frisk about over here and it should see the more equipped batting unit emerge as winners from this with us favouring Sri Lanka to take a lead today.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
Heavy emphasis was laid on the prevalent playing conditions and the state of the pitch along with how the toss would affect either side. Our picks were based on recent performances and figures and considering how sides and players traditionally function in different circumstances.
With their being heavy chances of rain in this one, the likelihood of a curtailed encounter are massive in this one. With DLS an eventual likelihood today along with reduced overs and the fact that the team batting first has won 4 out of the 5 encounters, expect the side winning the toss to choose to bat first today.
Wicket-Keepers for BAN vs SL Dream11
We are going ahead with two wicket-keepers for this match with the one selection coming in from either side. With Shakib not a part of this series, Bangladesh will need someone to hold fort in the crucial number three and number four spots and this sees us go ahead with Mushfiqur Rahim from the side.
Meanwhile coming in from Sri Lanka is Kusal Perera with the batsman having massively impressed at the World Cup. While Dimuth held firm from one end, Perera was more than willing to send the bowlers to the fence, seeing Sri Lanka put on the best run-rate out of all the 10 countries in the powerplay period.
Batsmen for BAN vs SL Dream11
We are picking up a trivalent of batsmen for Sri Lanka with opener and captain Dimuth Karunaratne being the first selection for us. He was the side’s highest scorer in the World Cup, playing cautious but long innings to ensure that the side were given the perfect platform to come and build around.
With today’s conditions not expected to be the easiest for batting, Dimuth’s contributions to the side to could prove to be invaluable and we expect him to get a good haul of runs for his side. He’s going to be accompanied by the dauntless two man partnership of Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis for this one.
Mahmudullah from Bangladesh is our only selection from the side.
All-Rounders for BAN vs SL Dream11
With Dhananjaya de Silva having become his side’s frontline spinner at the CWC along with his number 6 position to come out and bat in, the all-rounder became an indispensible pick for us. The value he offers in this encounter is too much and we are going to be bringing him in without any hesitation.
From Bangladesh we have an all-rounder come in as well in the form of Mosaddek Hossain after he delivered some good overs with the ball recently for his side.
Bowling Order for BAN vs SL Dream11
UPDATE : We have picked Nuwan Pradeep instead of Udana as he is not playing.
Given the conditions and the fact that Bangladesh don’t look half the batting side as they did some time back, we are bringing in both of Sri Lanka’s spearhead pacers for this one. Playing his last match for the side, Lasith Malinga comes into our team along with Isuru Udana with us expecting these two to wreck havoc in unison.
Completing our side is Mustafizur Rahman from Bangladesh.
Captain And Vice-Captain for BAN vs SL Dream11
We are going in with Dimuth as our captain for this match given his adequate performances both while setting a target and chasing while Kusal Perera is our vice-captain.
Probable Playing 11
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (WK), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep
Tamim Iqbal (C), Soumya, Mohammad, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam
Dream 11 Advice
With teams partaking in the tournament in a hectic and congested schedule, one which sees several countries play on consecutive days, there is a likelihood of sides changing their playing 11’s for every match. Our side is picked based on the best performers for each side with us picking up players based on their pivotal role and importance to the team paired with their recent performances, pitch conditions and roles in the side paired with the toss and pitch and playing conditions.
Factors Considered While Crafting The Dream 11 Team
When we set out to make our Dream 11 side for this particular fixture, there were a slew of factors which were incorporated while selecting our players. While the condition of the pitch played a pertinent role in deciding to go ahead with a batting or bowling heavy playing 11, the toss played an equally vital role.
Apart from that the overall stature of the two teams partaking in the contest today, importance of the player to the side and the likelihood to score big or get a rich bagful of wickets were all encapsulated while taking into consideration the captain and vice-captaincy picks and overall composition of the side.
3 Match ODI Series
Match: Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh First ODI
Date And Time: 26th June, Friday- 2:30pm IST
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Sri Lanka
Where To Watch: Sony Six/HD