Bangladesh managed to win the first match against Sri Lanka with a fair bit of ease and will definitely go into the second match as the bookmaker's favorite. Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI 2021 is an important match for both teams. It could be a series-deciding match and is also a part of the ODI Super League. The manner in which the teams performed in the first match left a lot of room for improvement for both of them. Bangladesh may have won the first match but it would not have been happy with the performances of its top-order. For Sri Lanka, the decision to move past its experienced players and invest in youth is one that has attracted a lot of public debate. Another loss will add pressure on the entire team and the support staff.
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
Bangladesh is not a team that travels well but its home record is quite impressive. The team thrives in its own conditions and is capable of beating anyone. Its batsmen are very good at scoring runs in these low and slow conditions while the bowlers are also used to extracting the most out of these surfaces. The experience in the Bangladesh team is also far more than what Sri Lanka has.
Poor shot selection and a unique ability to self-destruct has to be the biggest weakness that Bangladesh has at the moment.
Sri Lanka has a decent batting lineup with most batsmen having a solid record in international cricket. However, a lack of experience is clearly an issue. The batsmen may not be able to cope with the pressures of international cricket and have been thrown in the deep end by their sectors.
The biggest weakness is the bowling attack of the Sri Lankan players. There is just not enough talent to be able to challenge any international team for a sustained period of time. This is the biggest impediment to Sri Lanka winning consistently.
Players in form
Mushifiur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal are the two players in great form for Bangladesh. They have got runs in the previous match and have also been scoring runs in the previous series. They are very adept against the spinners and the conditions suit them very well. Mustafizur Rahman is another bowler that seems to be getting back to his best at the international level.
There are not too many players in form for Sri Lanka but it appeared as if Danushka Gunathilaka was striking the ball very nicely before he got out. Dhananjay de Silva may not have scored too many runs in the previous match but he is another player that has been contributing for Sri Lanka in every aspect of the game.
The conditions are slow and typically Bangladeshi. The spinners will have a lot of help from the surface while the batsmen will have to grind for their runs.
- Sri Lanka has never lost an ODI series to Bangladesh till now
- Bangladesh has won five out of the last six series it has played at home
- Sri Lanka has lost three out of the previous six matches it has played at the Shere Bangla Stadium
The odds are stacked against Sri Lanka and it appears as if Bangladesh is going to be able to win this match as well. It has a strong batting lineup but the real advantage is in the familiarity with the home conditions and a superior bowling lineup. Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI 2021 looks like it will go the way of the home team once more.
Winner: Bangladesh (1.45)