The second of the three-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is on tomorrow at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla. Bangladesh won the first ODI held at the same ground by 90 runs. Bangladesh batted first and amassed 324 for 5, thanks to a responsible hundred from Tamim Iqbal. Then they produced a terrific bowling effort to bundle out Sri Lanka for just 234 runs. Bangladesh will be the favourites for the cricket betting of this match as well.
Preview – Sri Lanka
The hosts are desperately looking for some batting heroes. Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal are talented enough to take up that role. But they are woefully inconsistent. Sri Lanka are also hoping some of the late bloomers in their domestic circuit, like Milinda Siriwardana, Danushka Gunathilaka and Asela Gunaratne, can provide the spark. All these players, apart from Chandimal, failed in the first ODI. Even Chandimal could not go on to build a substantial innings after scoring 59 from 70 balls.
Similar worries exist in the bowling department too. However, if the batsmen can make a decent total, their bowlers can exert pressure on the opposition. The cricket betting odds of Sri Lanka winning look attractive, but the probability of that happening is really low.
Preview – Bangladesh
Bangladesh outperformed Sri Lanka in all aspects of the game. In fact, their team look tailor made for the pitch in Dambulla. Apart from Tamim Iqbal, Sabbir Rahman and Shat.kib Al Hasan had a good outing with the bat. It would not be a surprise if they score 300+ again if they bat first. The bowling too betrays no weaknesses. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza tends to provide early breakthroughs. Spinner Mehedi Hasan, who made his ODI debut in the last match, was crafty and controlled. But the star of the show was Mustafizur Rahman, who once again proved he is one of world’s premier bowlers in the limited overs arena.
Bangladesh must have the edge for all cricket betting calculations. But if a couple of Sri Lankan top order batsmen manage to produce long innings, Bangladesh could be in trouble. The possibility of a batting collapse never really leaves Bangladesh.