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Scotland versus Sri Lanka, first ODI – Sri Lanka voyage through Scotland 2019

18 May 2019, 3:30 PM IST

Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh


Built up in 1832, the beautiful Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh is the home of the Scotland national group.

The scene facilitated two of Scotland's matches amid the 1999 World Cup, just as the group's first official ODI outside of World Cup cricket in 2006 when Scotland confronted Pakistan.

Scotland broadly beat England by 6 keeps running in 2018 at this very setting in a high-scoring spine chiller, in the wake of scoring 371 in their 50 overs. The surface is a high-scoring one and the skipper winning the hurl would in a perfect world be taking a gander at batting first and setting up a tremendous target.

The latest ODI at this scene saw Scotland score 325 keeps running against Afghanistan, just to lose the challenge by a nearby edge of 2 runs dependent on the D/L technique.


Sri Lanka and Scotland have met just twice in ODIs, with the Asian island country triumphing on the two events.

Be that as it may, Sri Lanka's ongoing record in 50-over cricket is a long way from promising as they have just won one of their last 13 coordinates in the arrangement. With brief period left for the 2019 World Cup, Dimuth Karunaratne's side will trust gather some speed in the number one spot up to the huge competition.

Scotland on their part can be a dubious recommendation at home, as England discovered a year ago. Sri Lanka might be the better side on paper and have bounty to play for, however Scotland will be quick to set up a decent battle alone turf and secure their first ODI win against the Lankans.

Straight on

Complete Matches – 2

Scotland – 0 (0%)

Sri Lanka – 2 (100%)

Structure (Most later to most established)

Scotland – L NR W L (poor structure)

Sri Lanka – L (poor structure)

Likely playing XI


Matthew Cross (wk), Kyle Coetzer (c), Calum MacLeod, Dylan Budge, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Tom Sole, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal.

Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Isuru Udana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep.

My Dream XI


With a strike rate near 91, Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera is a risky batsman once he gets moving. He can hit the ball actually hard and the surface at the Grange will suit his style of batting.


Kusal Mendis scored 202 keeps running at a normal of over 40 in the humiliating 5-0 arrangement misfortune against South Africa. He was one of Sri Lanka's not many brilliant spots in the generally forgettable ODI leg of the visit and will be imperative against Scotland as well.

Lahiru Thirimanne, in the mean time, has been in great touch in the Sri Lankan local cricket circuit and can be relied upon to proceed in a similar vein.

Scotland's expectations lay on the shoulders of Kyle Coetzer and Calum Macleod – their two best batsmen ever. The last mentioned, specifically, has been in noteworthy structure and even scored a 89-ball 100 against Afghanistan a week ago.


An all-Lankan determination to the extent the all-rounders are concerned would be insightful. The guests are required to depend vigorously on their everything rounders so as to get their group balance right.

The trio of Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva and Isuru Udana will have real tasks to carry out with both bat and ball.


The bowlers are required to have an extreme time at the Grange. In any case, somebody like Safyaan Sharif, who is surrounding Majid Haq's Scotland record of 60 ODI wickets, will have a smart thought of how to best adventure whatever help the pitch offers. The equivalent applies to Bradley Wheal, who is known to be viable in his home conditions.

For Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga is straight from his IPL last heroics. He will trust assume a main job for his side, in spite of his expulsion from captaincy following the 5-0 arrangement misfortune against South Africa. Malinga is as yet a powerful weapon with the ball, particularly for any side that is new to his bowling activity.

Skipper and bad habit chief: Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga

Player to keep an eye out for: Thisara Perera

Thisara Perera has improved colossally over the previous year or somewhere in the vicinity, setting up himself as a vital piece of the Sri Lankan constrained overs setup. He can have his awful days and is exceedingly conflicting, yet on his day, he can be completely relentless.

Perera had a poor trip with the bat in South Africa yet should profit by the batting-accommodating surface at the Grange. In addition, even he goes for a couple of keeps running with the ball, he is a consistent wicket-taking risk.

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