In the first game, the Islanders started off well but lack the aggression in the middle overs which hurt them dearly. The onus will be on the experienced hands — Kusal Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka — to pick up the team’s morale.
Sri Lanka are currently ranked 12th, and a win will help them retain that spot. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will leap to the top of the table, displacing World Champions England while at it.
BAN vs SL 2nd ODI Preview, What to expect: Another spin-friendly track is expected in Dhaka as spinners accounted for 10 off the 16 wickets in the first ODI. There is a high chance of rain interruptions in the second half of the game which could tempt the winning captain to bowl first.
Mustafizur Rahman struggled with his calf during his spell and though it seemed like a niggle, the Tigers might not want to risk one of their senior players. They might try out 19-year-old Shoriful Islam who will be a like-for-like replacement.
Possible XI: Tamim Iqbal (C), Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (W), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman/Shoriful Islam
Lakshan Sandakan and Isuru Udana did not quite live up to the expectations with the ball, and maybe Sri Lanka might look for a change in this department.
Possible XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera (C/W), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ashen Bandara/Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana/ Ramesh Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan/Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera