If Sri Lanka wants to do well at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, it should start against Scotland in the two-match ODI series starting on Saturday.
Calum MacLeod has been a phenomenal One Day International player for Scotland. Not only he has scored hundreds in his last two ODI outings (140* & 100) but also has a stellar batting average since the start of 2017 – 63.06 in 18 knocks studded with four centuries.
Thisara Perera has redeemed himself in the last year or so and is one of the silver linings for struggling Sri Lankan limited-over sides. Since the start of 2018, Perera has scored 500+ runs at an average of 33.00 to go with 20 wickets in 20 games.
Sri Lanka TEAM NEWS
Lasith Malinga is not travelling with the squad and is likely to be rested for the next game as well, according to the chief selector of Sri Lanka Cricket.
Scotland TEAM NEWS
All-rounder Richie Berrington is out through an injury. Dylan Budge has been added to the Scotland squad.
Venue & Pitch
The last ODI at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh produced a belter, with Scotland racking a total in excess of 300 and Afghanistan chasing down a D/L target of 269/3 in 45 overs.
Expected XIs for Scotland vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI
Scotland – Kyle Coetzer (c), Calum MacLeod, Michael Jones, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Tom Sole, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Matthew Cross (wk) and Bradley Wheal
Sri Lanka – Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne/Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep
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