Before the league matches take off and the ten teams from all around the world start fighting for the coveted title of the World Cup, these ten teams are going to play two warm-up matches each against one another to prepare for the big tournament and get familiar with the Indian conditions.
These warm-up matches will also provide these teams with one last chance to try out a different combination and find out their best possible playing 11 before going into the World Cup. The top bookmakers in India have competitive odds for the World Cup.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be playing the first warm-up game of the tournament at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati. After their match against each other in the Asia Cup 2023, this is the second time these two teams will meet for an ODI match in the same month. Bangladesh would like to return the favour to Sri Lanka for their loss against them in the earlier match.
Wellalge’s form has been exceptional in the previous few games, as he also took a fifer against India in the Asia Cup 2023.
The betting tip is...
Dunith Wellalage will take 2.5+ wickets
The Bangladesh selectors have still not announced their squad for the World Cup as they are waiting for injury updates on a few players. Shakib Al Hasan is likely to captain the team in the upcoming tournament, with Litton Das set to be his deputy.
Tamim Iqbal is also back in the team after an injury, and he will be opening the innings for them. Bangladesh's tournament will depend largely on how their bowlers perform in these favorable conditions.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz will be the team’s x-factor player who can change the course of the game in any aspect.
Predicted Lineup: Litton Das (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Tanzid Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, and Shoriful Islam
Sri Lankan selectors have also not announced the team for the upcoming World Cup in India for the same reason as Bangladesh. Wanindu Hasaranga is most likely to miss out on the tournament due to an injury, which could be a huge blow for the Lankan team.
The last ODI match this team played was a nightmare for them. Dasun Shanaka will be the leader of the team and will be expected to play like a senior player
Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, and Dhananjaya de Silva will be the players this team will be dependent on throughout the tournament.
Predicted Lineup: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Dushan Hemantha, Pramod Madhushan, and Matheesha Pathirana
Assessing the current form and the team's on-paper strength, it becomes evident that Sri Lanka stands as the clear favorite to triumph in this warm-up match. Sri Lanka's squad appears to be in better shape than Bangladesh's at present, with many of their questions already answered.
Both teams are expected to capitalize on their spin-bowling prowess in the forthcoming match, as well as throughout the upcoming tournament.