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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI Predictions & Tips - In form Rahim tipped to star in Dhaka

  • Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka predictions for Friday’s 3rd ODI cricket match
  • The fixture will be played in Dhaka at 08:00 BST
  • Bangladesh have won 13 of their last 14 ODIs at home
  • I am backing Mushfiqur Rahim to top score for the 3rd successive match
  • Predictions, stats, team news & preview
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Mushfiqur Rahim has scored 84 and 125 runs in his last 2 ODI fixtures (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 27 May 2021
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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Predictions

Bangladesh have dominated this series with Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal in superb form. Iqbal has a superb home record and is my best bet to score over 24.5 runs in the 3rd ODI.

  • Bangladesh have won 13 of their last 14 home matches.
  • Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal has scored 64, 50, 44 & 52 runs in 4 of his last 5 home ODIs.
  • Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim has scored 84 & 125 runs in his last 2 ODIs.
  • Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim has top scored in his last 2 ODI matches.
  • Sri Lanka’s Danushka Gunathilaka has scored 55, 96 & 36 runs in 3 of his last 5 ODIs.
  • Sri Lanka have lost their last 5 ODI matches.

Head to Head

Sri Lanka have won three of their last five ODI matches against Bangladesh but it is the Tigers who have won the last two in this series. The 2nd ODI ended in 103-run victory for Bangladesh in Dhaka on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Bangladesh Form

Bangladesh have been in incredible form on home soil in the ODI format. They have won 13 of their last 14 ODIs at home, including the last two against Sri Lanka.

The 2nd ODI in Dhaka saw Bangladesh win comfortably by 103 runs.  Batting first, Bangladesh found themselves in early trouble at 74-4. Mushfirqur Rahim however continued his fine form, scoring 125 runs to lead the hosts to a total of 246. 

It was not the biggest of totals but the Bangladesh bowlers ensured Sri Lanka were never really in the chase. Two magnificent spells by Mehidy Hasan Miraz (3-28) and Mustafizur Rahman (3-18) saw Bangladesh restrict their visitors to 141-9 in 40 overs. 

Bangladesh Injuries & Team News

Despite winning the first two ODIs, there will still be concern around the form of some batsmen. Shakib Al Hasan has struggled at three and could move down the order. Two good innings from Mahmudullah could mean a shift up the order for him.

Sri Lanka Form

Sri Lanka find themselves 2-0 down in the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh. They lost the 1st ODI by 33 runs and followed it up with a 103-run defeat in the 2nd ODI in Dhaka.

Dushmantha Chameera was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with figures of 3-44 as they restricted Bangladesh to 246 runs. The positive for Sri Lanka was that they managed to bowl Bangladesh out for in just over 48 overs.

Rain fell during their innings which ensured a shorter match. The total didn’t change though as Sri Lanka still required 245 from 40 overs. 

The in-form Danushka Gunathilaka only managed 24 runs but he was still the top run scoring in the Sri Lankan innings. Sri Lanka were restricted to 141-9 in their 40 overs.

Sri Lanka Injuries & Team News

We could see a few changes in the Sri Lanka lineup for this fixture. The batsmen have not turned up in this series which could see the experienced Niroshan Dickwella get a run. Ashden Bandara will also be hoping to be offered an opportunity in the misfiring batting lineup.

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Mushfiqur Rahim is tipped to top score for Bangladesh and in the match for the third successive ODI. Tamim Iqbal is backed to score over 24.5 runs after doing it in four of his last five home ODIs.

Danushka Gunathilaka can be looked at in the best Sri Lanka batsman market with everyone else misfiring.

Best Bet: Iqbal Over 24.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Bangladesh Batsman Tip: Mushfiqur Rahim Best Bangladesh Batsman @350.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Sri Lanka Batsman Tip: Danushka Gunathilaka Best Sri Lanka Batsman @400.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Top Match Batsman Tip: Mushfiqur Rahim Top Match Batsman @650.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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