Bangladesh’s series has started with a victory of relief by stopping the choking of Wanindu Hasaranga. Waiting to get a unique taste this time. Winning the second ODI will be the first series win against Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will meet in the second of the three-match series on Tuesday. The match will start at 1 pm at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. Bangladesh led the series with a 33-run victory in the first match.
This is the ninth bilateral series of Bangladesh against Sri Lanka. Two series were drawn in 2013 and 2017, the rest were won by the Lankans. Bangladesh has never beaten the Lankans more than once in 28 matches in bilateral series and tournaments. Now it is time to get rid of those imperfections.
In the first ODI on Sunday, Bangladesh was on the way to an effortless victory at one stage. But Hasaranga changed the picture with stormy batting. At one stage Sri Lanka’s victory was also very possible. When only 53 runs are needed in the last 7 overs, Hasaranga is playing with 70 runs from 52 balls. His pairing with Isuru Udana has also become awful. In the end, Hasaranga, who was tired in the scorching heat, was dismissed for 74 runs. After that, there was no problem for Bangladesh to win.
Just as the team has suffered at one stage in bowling, it has suffered at the beginning and end of batting. After Liton Das was run out for zero in the opening, Shakib Al Hasan did not get the rhythm in the slow wicket. The team that won the toss and elected to bat did not have a good start. After that, a great foundation was laid courtesy of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahmudullah but the end was not expected. Mahmudullah lost his wicket after 40 overs. Only 64 runs in the last 10 overs. From 41 to 48 runs in 8 overs, only 40!
In the second ODI, the team will want to make the beginning and the end better. Liton Das, who is suffering from run drought, should get at least another chance. However, after the remarks of the board president Nazmul Hasan, there is room for doubt about him.
All in all, there is no reason why the hopes of winning the series will not be fulfilled if we can show a more tidy performance by filling the gaps in the first match. Winning this match will not only win the series but also lift Bangladesh to the top of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.