Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: 1st ODI, May 23, 2021, Sri Lanka Tour of Bangladesh Match Prediction
In this article, we preview Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, the 1st ODI on the Sri Lanka Tour of Bangladesh cricket 2021 to be played on 23 May at Dhaka.
Both teams are returning from defeats abroad. Sri Lanka lost in an ODI series in West Indies, while Bangladesh lost in New Zealand. Bangladesh will welcome the return of Shakib al Hasan to their fold. Shakib skipped Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand after being given leave to fulfil his IPL commitments. The all-rounder’s presence will strengthen both the bowling and the batting of the home team. In the bowling, He is likely to replace Mahedi Hasan, an off spinner. With another off spinner in the form of Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shakib will lend variety and balance to the bowling attack which has three seasoned new ball operators in Ahmed, Hosein, and Rahman. However, Bangladesh have lost 10 ODIs in a row and that is a mental barrier they must hurdle.
Sri Lanka will be fielding a new look team after the promotion of Kusal Perera to the captaincy. Kusal Mendis returns as vice-captain to a young team, with only three players above the age of 30. Cricket Sri Lanka are clearly building a team keeping the ODI world cup of 2022 in view. But this team would have been strengthened by the presence of Angelo Mathew who has strangely been omitted.
Bangladesh’s Recent Record at Home
Bangladesh have won 11 of their last 12 matches at home, though all of those matches have been played against either Zimbabwe or Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka’s Record Against Bangladesh in Bangladesh
Sri Lanka have had a flawless record against Bangladesh in Bangladesh, with 6 wins and no losses in 8 matches played. The remaining two games ended without result.
Bookmakers’ odds favour Bangladesh to beat Sri Lanka, with odds of 4/5 offered on the home team. Sri Lanka attract odds of 11/10, while the probability of a draw is represented by the quoted odds of 50/1.
In our Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka ODI Prediction, we believe that Bangladesh will register their first ODI win over Sri Lanka in Bangladesh when the sides meet on 23 May.
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