Scotland vs Sri Lanka
Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh
May 18, 2019
11:00 AM LOCAL
Sri Lanka will lock horns with Scotland in the first of the two-match ODI series on Saturday. For the visitors, this should be a part of World Cup preparation in terms of getting acclimatized to the conditions. They are in desperate need of some confidence after being hammered in the 50-over format in the last couple of years. Scotland, on the other hand, agonizingly lost to Afghanistan by 2 runs via DLS method last week. Dimuth Karunaratne, the Sri Lanka skipper, will be looking to get used to the captaincy role in this series and also get some ODI batting under his belt having played the last international game in 2015. In terms of leading the team, his confidence must be sky high as Sri Lanka defeated South Africa in the two-match Test series 2-0 earlier this year. However, his team members should also step up and get into the groove ahead of the mega event.
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer(c), Matthew Cross(w), Calum MacLeod, Dylan Budge, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Tom Sole, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Bradley Wheal, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Gavin Main
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera(w), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeffrey Vandersay, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana
Scotland: Matthew Cross (wk), Kyle Coetzer (c), Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask/Dylan Budge, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Tom Sole, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Bradley Wheal.
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal.
Pitch and Weather Report
The average score at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh in the last five ODIs in 290 and the trend might continue for this game as well. Though the cloudy conditions will lead to the new ball moving quite a bit early on in the innings. The team winning the toss is expected to bowl first.
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