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Editor's Pick (ODI Finals): Bangladesh - Sri Lanka

The finals are finally here. Bangladesh meets Sri Lanka leaving Zimbabwe out. You might think that being home series for Bangladesh, it is really no big deal. But it really is not so. Sri Lanka lost home series. Now Australia is facing severe defeat by England. There is no such thing that it is normal for the home team to win anymore. Plus I would really like to appreciate Bangladesh for the way they are making into the big league of cricket today.

If you look at the points table, you will see that Bangladesh won three out of four matches. Their points - 15 - are almost four times the score of Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka, with 9 points, made it to the finals.

The last match saw Sri Lanka Beat Bangladesh. The only match that the home team ever lost. Makes you wonder if Bangladesh peaked a tad too early, doesn’t it? It was a comprehensive win for Sri Lanka. Bangladesh were 82 all out in 24 overs. Sri Lanka hit the target in less than 12 overs and won by ten wickets. It was really a one sided match that gave Sri Lanka a smooth trip to the finals.

Not counting the dismal performance by Bangladesh’s last match, there are a few outstanding performances by the team members. The match against Zimbabwe saw the home team win by a massive 91 runs. It was an all-round performance with Tamim Iqbal walking away with the man of the match award after hitting 76 runs. Shakib Al Hasan has also shown potential. I’d have both men on my team.

The Fantain Fantasy cricket winner of this match - he made Shakib Al Hasan as his captain - added 177 points to his score on the app. Who you pick as the captain can make a big difference to your final score. It is not just who you have on your team.

Sikandar Raza is another such player who should have been on your team. Consistent through the series, his contribution is quite commendable. Raza costs 11 too. You have to decide if he is worth it In my books he is because if his consistency.

The bowlers have been quite alright as well. Shakib Al Hasan.Mashrafe Mortaza, also captain. Sunzamul Islam. Mustafizur Rahman. Rubel Hossain.

Coming to Sri Lanka. There is Kusal Perera. Thisara Perera. Dinesh Chandimal.
Thisara Perera is a must. He can contribute with both the bat and the ball. He is bound to get you points one way or the other. His salary is 11. But will get you your money’s worth.

Must have players
Shakib Al Hasan
Thisara Perera

Reliable Players
Tamim Iqbal
Nuwan Pradeep
Upul Taranga

Low salary but valuable players
Lakshan Sandakan
Danushka Gunathilaka

What do you think?

Indu

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