Hambantota: After trouncing Bangladesh by eight wickets in the first one-dayer, Sri Lanka would like to seal the three-match series in the second outing here on Monday. However, for Bangladesh this would be a do-or-die affair in order to stay alive in the series.
Bangladesh who were put in to bat didn't do bad and scored 259 in 50 overs, led by the 112-run knock by Tamim Iqbal and later in the innings an unbeaten 73 by Nasir Hossain. But the matter of concern for Bangladesh would be their middle-order, who didn't even manage to get off to a start.
The Bangladesh bowlers also need to pull up their socks after they went for plentiful in the first one-dayer. With Tillakaratne Dilshan in full flow the bowlers couldn't have done much either, but could have opted for another strategy against the Lankan opener.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka have made things easier for themselves with the win but can't relax against an opposition who on their day can spring up surprises. Dilshan being in good touch and so also Kumar Sangakkara are positive signs for Sri Lanka going into the second clash. Dilshan sizzled with an unbeaten 113 off 108 balls and then later Sangakkara joined in with a fluent 63.
Moreover, the bowlers also put their best foot forward by picking up wickets, be it Lasith Malinga (2 for 51), Angelo Mathews (2 for 36) or Nuwan Kulasekara (1 for 44). Sri Lanka having taken the advantage and go into the match aiming to seal the series and take an unassailable lead of 2-0 where as Bangladesh would give their all to stay alive.
Sri Lanka: 1 Janith Perera, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Denesh Chandimal, 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Sachitra Senanayake, 11 Lasith Malinga
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Mohammad Ashraful, 4 Musfiqur Rahim, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Ziaur Rahman, 8 Sohaz Gazi, 9 Abul Hasan, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Rubel Hossain.