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Perera takes guard as SL skipper in ODIs against Bangladesh

By IANS Updated: May 22, 2021 9:33 pm

Dhaka, May 22 (IANS): Sri Lanka’s new ODI skipper Kusal Perera will face a daunting task when his side takes on experienced Bangladesh in the first of the three matches in Dhaka on May 23.

Though Bangladesh have suffered two consecutive away series defeats to West Indies and New Zealand, they will fancy their chances at home.

The selectors have made five changes to the squad which suffered a 0-3 loss to New Zealand.

The host have been bolstered by dependable all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who missed the New Zealand white-ball tour and Tests in Sri Lanka.

He, along with skipper Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah would be keen to help the side forget the recent disappointments and get back to winning ways.

The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium pitches are known for their low bounce.

On paper, Sri Lanka have the edge, having won three of the last five exchanges between the two sides. Bangladesh won one while one match was abandoned.

By IANS Updated: May 22, 2021 9:33:18 pm