The three-match unofficial ODI series between Sri Lanka A and Bangladesh A is now tied at one game apiece after Bangladesh A won the second ODI at R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday. The final match between the two sides will be played at the same venue on Saturday. Bangladesh on Thursday bounced back to level the series after registering a 1 wicket win. A fine half-century from opener Mohammad Naim (68 runs) and skipper Mohammad Mithun (58 runs) helping the Tigers to clinch the match in the final over.
The bowling department also did pretty well to restrict the Sri Lanks batting order. Abu Hider and Ebadat Hossain were the successful bowlers picking up two wickets each. Earlier in the first game, the host put up a fine performance with the ball to bundle Bangladesh for for for 116 runs. The Lankans won the game easily with 7 wickets to spare. Skipper Ashan Priyanjan was the star of the show picking up 4 wickets and also scoring a half-century to lead his side to victory.
With series at stake, Bangladesh are unlikely to make a change to the playing 11 for the upcoming match. Left-arm bowler Abu Hider who is the highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh A in the series will be hungry for more wickets and lead his side to victory. In the batting department, Mohammad Naim and skipper Mohammad Mithun will be in charge to scorer runs. Soumya Sarkar who is yet to get a game in the series might also get a look in.
Bangladesh A squad for the three-match ODI series: Mominul Haque , Shadman Islam, Jahurul Islam, Mohammad Mithun (C), Nurul Hasan, Anamul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain, Sunzamul Islam, Rishad Hossain, Salauddin Sakil, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Najmul Hossain, Saif Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Here's the potential lineup for the Bangladesh A (Probable XI): Anamul Haque (wicketkeeper), Saif Hassan, Afif Hossain, Sunzamul Islam, Nayeem Hasan/S Sarkar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mohammad Mithun (captain), Ariful Haque, Abu Hider Rony, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Abu Jayed.
On the other hand, for Sri Lanka, Skipper Ashan Priyanjan and Kamindu Mendis are in fine form and have contributed with both ball and bat in the two matches played so far. Priyanjan has so far picked up 6 wickets and scored a total of 57 runs from 2 matches. Kamindu Mendia meanwhile leads the chart with 84 runs and 5 wickets from 2 matches.
Sri Lanka A squad for the three-match ODI series: Ashan Priyanjan (c), Pathum Nissanka, Sandun Weerakkody, Lahiru Udara, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Ashen Bandara, Ramesh Mendis, Amila Aponsu, Jeffrey Vandersay, Vishwa Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Asitha Fernando, Ishan Jayaratne, Shiran Fernando, Shammu Ashan and Asela Gunaratne
Here's the potential lineup for the Sri Lanka A (Probable XI): Pathum Nissanka, Amila Aponso, Ashen Bandara, Ramesh Mendis, Sandun Weerakkody (wicketkeeper), Kamindu Mendis, Ashan Priyanjan (captain), Priyamal Perera, Ishan Jayaratne, Chamika Karunaratne, Shiran Fernando