Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st T20 Preview & Prediction

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh could not be separated in the test matches and the ODI’s earlier in this tour and the teams now head into a two match T20 series with the first contest taking place at the RPS Colombo on Tuesday.

The test series which started this tour finished locked up at 1-1 and the ODI series also finished all square with Bangladesh taking the first of three and after a washout in the second contest, Sri Lanka squared things up. We now move on to the shortest format and we begin with the team news.

Sri Lanka T20 squad: Upul Tharanga (capt.), Dilshan Munaweera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera (subject to fitness), Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dasun Shanaka, Vikum Sanjaya, Milinda Siriwardana, Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Chamara Kapugedara, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Shehan Jayasuriya.

Bangladesh T20 squad: Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Sunzamul Islam, Nurul Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin

The T20 format has seen Sri Lanka play their best cricket in recent months. In January this year they sprang a major surprise with a 2-1 win over the Proteas in South Africa and they followed up with another 2-1 win away from home against Australia.

Bangladesh were whitewashed 3-0 in New Zealand earlier this year, their only action in this format since the World T20 early in 2016.

Head to Head

The teams have met 5 times with Sri Lanka winning 4 and Bangladesh 1.

The most recent meeting came in February 2016 in the Asia Cup at Dhaka and Bangladesh came out on top by 23 runs.

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Match Result

Sri Lanka 13/20

Bangladesh 12/10

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Bet: Top away bowler Mustafizur Rahman at 28/10

Mustafizur Rahman is a really useful bowler in this format and he gets our vote to shine for the visitors.

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