Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 2021: 3rd ODI Match Preview

The third match of the ODI series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will take place On Friday (28 May). The Sher-e-Bangla stadium will host the final match. The first two matches were also held at the same venue, and we found that the pitches were beneficial to both batters and bowlers. The curator is expected to use the same pitch for the final match. Bangladeshi players will have to put up a strong performance to whitewash the Lankans despite the fact that Bangladesh are a strong opponent in their own backyard. This article discusses the BAN vs SL 3rd ODI match preview.

Bangladesh’s Team News

Veteran middle-order batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was instrumental in Bangladesh's victories in the first two matches. Bangladesh were able to put up a challenging score in the opening two matches because of his two outstanding efforts. In addition, hard-hitting batsman MahmudullahRiyad delivered two solid knocks. So, Bangladesh will rely heavily on them in the last encounter.

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On the other hand, off-spinner MehidyHasanMiraj and left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman are having a good series. MehidyMiraj is in the finest form of his life right now. He has climbed to second position in the ICC ODI bowling rankings for the first time. The Bangladesh team management will have faith in him in the third match as well.

Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Mithun may replace injured Mohammad Saifuddin and Mosaddek Hossain in the match on Friday.

The Bangladesh team would hope that the out-of-form cricketers will come out firing in the final match and help Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka for the first time. It would not be difficult for Bangladesh to overcome Sri Lanka if they can keep their discipline in the third match.

Three key players for Bangladesh

Tamim Iqbal: ODIs: 215 | Runs: 7,517 | HS: 158 | SR: 78.36 | Ave: 36.84

Mushfiqur Rahim: ODIs: 226 | Runs: 6,553 | HS: 144 | SR: 79.22 | Ave: 37.23

MehidyHasanMiraz: ODIs: 49 | Wkts: 54 | BBI: 4/25 | Econ: 4.42 | Ave: 33.79

Bangladesh’s Predicted XI

Tamim Iqbal (Captain), Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), MahmudullahRiyad, Mosaddek Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, MehidyHasanMiraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, and Shoriful Islam

Sri Lanka’s Team News

Sri Lanka's attacking mindset have so far failed to provide a positive outcome in this series. In the first two ODIs, Bangladeshi bowlers pushed hard in the middle of the innings and achieved the results they expected.

Sri Lanka may be able to play with a lot of freedom in the series finale because they have already lost the series. As a result, Sri Lanka have a chance to shock Bangladesh on Friday. We may expect some youngsters to make their international/ODI debuts for the Lankan team in the third match.

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Three key players for Sri Lanka

KusalPerera: ODIs: 103 | Runs: 2,869 | HS: 135 | SR: 92.07 | Ave: 30.84

KusalMendis: ODIs: 78 | Runs: 2,206 | HS: 119 | SR: 84.29 | Ave: 30.21

WaninduHasaranga: ODIs: 20 | Wkts: 19 | BBI: 3/15 | Econ: 5.10| Ave: 39.52 | Runs: 400 | HS: 80* | SR: 117.99 | Ave: 28.57

Sri Lanka’s predicted XI

KusalPerera (Captain & WK), DanushkaGunathilaka, NiroshanDickwella, KusalMendis, DasunShanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, WaninduHasaranga, Ashen Bandara, IsuruUdana, Lakshan Sandakan, and DushmanthaChameera

Pitch and Weather Report

The pacers should receive some help throughout the game, and the spinners will be handy later in the innings. Dhaka will likely have overcast skies On Friday and there may be little rain as the game continues. Overall, it is expected to be a hot and humid day.

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Bottom Line

The Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI match will be much more competitive, as Sri Lanka will be eying to snatch a victory form the series. Therefore the Sri Lankan team will give it their all to defeat Bangladesh. On the other hand, this will be a fantastic opportunity for Bangladesh to whitewash Sri Lanka in any format of the game for the first time. But, the exact roles that Bangladeshi players will play over Sri Lanka will be vital. Bangladesh have the potential to sweep Sri Lanka if they can keep their focus throughout the contest. Overall, cricket fans are anticipating an exciting match to be held between two Asian teams.

Source: United News of Bangladesh