Bangladesh host Sri Lanka in the first of three one-day internationals (ODIs) in Dhaka on Monday with the home team still looking to record their first victory over their sub-continental rivals in any form of the game since they began their tour last month.
What: Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka, 1st one-day international
Where: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
When: Monday, Feb. 17, 7 a.m. GMT/1 p.m. local time
TV info: Live on Star Cricket (Asia), Zee Cinema (U.K.), Willow TV (USA)
Bangladesh: Yet to be announced
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal (vice-captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Angelo Perera, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ashan Priyanjan, Kumar Sangakkara (wicketkeeper), Sachithra Senanayake, Kithuruwan Vithanage
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza's men ran Sri Lanka desperately close in this week's two Twenty20 (T20) internationals played in Chittagong, only for Bangladesh to lose off the final delivery in each match.
And when you also consider the struggles that the hosts endured in the preceding two-match Test series, then it would be a major surprise if they were suddenly to get the better of the tourists in these three upcoming 50-over contests.
Sri Lanka: While they have not always been entirely convincing or at their best either at times so far against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka's greater class and experience have in the end always told, with the tourists claiming deserving victories in both the Test and T20 series.
Lasith Malinga becomes the leading wicket-taker in T20s after taking 3 for 20 against Bangladesh. http://t.co/wZwhBxzHIE— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 14, 2014
Shakib Al Hasan: The skilful all-rounder remains one of, if not the most important player in the hosts' lineup, especially given that the 26-year-old can affect the game with bat and ball.
Shakib enjoyed an excellent T20 series with both skills and, as the No. 2-ranked all-rounder in the world currently in ODI cricket, the home side will need him to bring his A-game if they are to cause an upset next week.
Kumar Sangakkara: What a Test series the 36-year-old has just enjoyed with the bat, and there is no resting up for the veteran either when it comes to the shorter form of the game, with Sanga taking part in last week's T20 contests and this week's 50-over matches, too.
However, judging by the way the wicketkeeper-batsman was striking the ball in Friday's second T20 international—when Sangakkara saw his side over the line with a match-winning knock of 37 from just 38 balls—the experienced star is all set to make his mark on the ODI series as well.
Who will win Monday's first ODI?
Weather: We are expecting a low of 23 degrees Celsius and a high of 26 degrees Celsius, with bright sunshine throughout for the opening contest of this three-match limited-overs series.
Pitch: The last ODI to be staged on this ground was in October when the hosts beat New Zealand to wrap up that particular series.
After winning the toss and batting, opener Tamim Iqbal top scored with 58, the only half-century of the entire match, as Bangladesh set the Black Caps 248 to win, only for the visitors to fall 40 runs short.