ODI series preview: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh

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The Test series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh this month saw an astonishing amount of runs scored, the first Test seeing eight centuries alone, and the one-day series could be a high-scoring spectacle too.

The Test series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh this month saw an astonishing amount of runs scored, the first Test seeing eight centuries alone, and the one-day series could be a high-scoring spectacle too.

Sri Lanka won the two-match series one-nil after the opening game ended in a draw, so they will be confident of securing another series victory in this three-match encounter. The Tigers will not go down without a fight though, as they showed in the Asia Cup last year.

That encounter in Dhaka saw the hosts win by five wickets, though Sri Lanka have by far the better win ratio overall, having lost only three times in 30 match-ups over the years.

Sri Lanka have rested some key personnel for the series, with premier spinner Rangana Herath granted a breather, while Mahela Jayawardene sits out as he has not fully recovered from an injury to his left middle finger.

Tillakaratne Dilshan is in the squad despite worries about his fitness, though latest reports indicate he should be fine to play. Meanwhile rookies Kushal and Angelo Perera could be given runs in the side.

For the Tigers, they will have to make do without Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain and Naeem Islam, all of whom are injured. They have called up batsman Mohammad Ashraful though, after his century in the Test series.

<b>Key Men</b><br>For Sri Lanka, the man of the moment is Kumar Sangakkara, who scored three tons in four innings against the Tigers. A few overs comprising of some big hits by the veteran can take the game away from the visitors.

For the Bangladeshis, they will look to young spinner Sohag Gazi for the wickets, as he was the second-highest wicket taker in the Tests after Rangana Herath. He seemed to have the measure of the hosts, and will need to be on top form again.

<b>Last Five Head-To-Head Results</b><br>2012: Only ODI: Bangladesh won by five wickets in Dhaka<br>2010: Only ODI: Sri Lanka won by 126 runs in Dambulla<br>201: Second ODI: Sri Lanka won by nine wickets in Dhaka<br>2010: First ODI: Sri Lanka won by seven wickets in Dhaka<br>2009: Second ODI: Sri Lanka won by two wickets in Dhaka

<b>Prediction</b><br>Online betting firm <a href='http://www.skybet.com/cricket' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>Sky Bet</b></a> have Sri Lanka at 1/5 and Bangladesh at 7/2 in the odds to win the series. Visit Sky Bet for the latest <a href='http://www.skybet.com/cricket' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>cricket betting</b></a>.

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<b>Squads</b><br><i>Sri Lanka:</i> Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kushal Janith Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Sachithra Senanayake, Upul Tharanga, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Angelo Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Sachith Pathirana

<i>Bangladesh:</i> Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Jaharul Islam, Mohammad Ashraful, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Mosharraf Hossain, Abul Hasan, Ziaur Rahman

<b>Fixtures</b><br>First ODI: 23 March in Hambantota<br>Second ODI: 25 March in Hambantota<br>Third ODI: 28 March in Pallekele

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