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17-Feb-2018 12:05:00 GMT
Ban v SL, 2nd T20I, Sylhet

Sri Lanka look to keep momentum to complete sweep

Sylhet: Bangladesh have been hit by injuries and have one last chance to bring in the final T20 at Sylhet on Sunday.

Sri Lanka have won everything after a few initial stumbles in the ODIs, and go into the final game of the tour, the second T20I, looking to add the title to the spoils after having won the first game in some style.

Played at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, the first T20I was a run feast.

In the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah won the toss and opted to bat. Bangladesh put up 193/5 following half-centuries from Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim, and 43 from the stand-in captain.

On another day, it might have been enough, but with Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera smashing it, not only did Sri Lanka overhaul the target, they did so with 20 balls in hand for a six-wicket win.

They ended up handing debuts to four players – Zakir Hasan, Afif Hossain, Ariful Haque and Nazmul Islam – but only the last of them, a 26-year-old left-arm spinner, did anything of note, returning 2/25 from four overs after opening the bowling.

In the other corner are the Sri Lankans -- after an indifferent 2017, they have done well under new coach Chandika Hathurusingha, who, ironically, helmed the Bangladesh team till recently.

They have missed Angelo Mathews, and had Asela Gunaratne ruled out before the first game. Kusal Perera, meanwhile, was ruled out before the series. Importantly for them, Mendis, a late replacement, put in a super performance in the first game, scoring a 27-ball 53 at the start of the chase to win the Player of the Match award.

Teams from

Mahmudullah (capt), Abu Hider Rony, Abu Jayed, Afif Hossain, Ariful Haque, Mehedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Zakir Hasan.

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Amila Aponso, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Asitha Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Madushanka, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Upul Tharanga, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay.

Pitch and conditions

It should be a cool evening with clear skies, with the temperature expected to normal.

Match facts

Sunday February 18, 2018
Start time 17:00 local (11:00 GMT)

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