The tri-series between Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will get underway with the host nation Bangladesh taking on Zimbabwe at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
With all three teams in good spirit, we are yet to identify the favorites to win the short series this month.
As far as records are concerned, Bangladesh is undoubtedly a tough team to beat on home soil. However, they have been beaten before and Angelo Mathews’ side remains adamant to get off to a winning start after a nightmare 2017.
In terms of ranking, Bangladesh is ahead in 7th place with Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in No. 8 and 10 respectively.
“There is always pressure when you are playing for your count, It is a good thing because the best performance comes out in a pressure situation. But I think many of our players have played under more intense pressure. We didn’t get what we wanted from our last tour (South Africa) but I am hopeful that we will be able to execute better this time,” said Bangladesh skipper Mushrafe Mortaza to Fox Sports.
Meanwhile, Chandika Hathurusingha’s switch to Sri Lanka has brought about a few changes to the side. He’s been a part of the selection panel, recalling the likes of Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal who were left out of the side that faced India in late 2017. Hathuru has also promised to extract the best out of Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal this year.
“It is going to be a challenge playing Bangladesh in their conditions. They have only lost to England in recent times. They have won against best teams and are a formidable opponent at home. We have got a balanced team and we hope to do well,” skipper Angelo Mathews who was confident on winning the series.
Zimbabwe, 10th in ODI rankings have barely commented on their plans to win the tri-series but an upset against Bangladesh will do the trick as they make a statement for the rest of the series. Moreover, they’ll take confidence out of the historic series win over Sri Lanka last year.
All three teams are well poised but Bangladesh holds the edge with home support in their favor. The conditions are also in favor of Sri Lanka and it’s important they don’t take the opponent lightly over the course of the next two weeks.
Sri Lanka will take on Zimbabwe on the 17th of January 2018 at Mirpur.
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