Sri Lanka most likely to field same eleven in second ODI


Sri Lankan eleven is likely to be unchanged against West Indies on Wednesday.

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According to the highly placed sources close to the team management, the captain Dimuth Karunaratne and the coach Mickey Arthur had discussed about the composition of the final eleven after seeing the wicket at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (Hambantota).

“They want to retain the same team for two reasons.

“First, they are of the opinion that “no unnecessary” changes be made to the winning combination, though the team only won the first ODI marginally.”

“And secondly, and more importantly, the coach wants to have stability to the team and prepare team for the future,” the source close to the team management, explained.

The match is scheduled to start at 2.30 pm.

In the meantime, SLC board will release their two players- Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga- for the Asia XI team to play two matches against World XI (in Dhaka on March 21 and 22) as part of the nationwide celebrations to mark the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, often referred to as the father of the nation.

“It will be the SLC’s decision and since these two players are not part of our Test team, we have no issues with that,” the chief selector, Ashantha de Mel, said.

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