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Sri Lanka will play two ODIs in Scotland before World Cup 20192 min read

Sri Lanka will play two ODIs in Scotland before World Cup 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

 

⚬ Sri Lanka will play two ODI matches in Scotland next year.

 

⚬ The Lankan team will start their World Cup campaign just nine days after the Scotland tour.

 

⚬ Sri Lanka will face Afghanistan in their first World Cup game, on June 4.


The last time Sri Lanka faced Scotland was during the 2015 ICC World Cup. On March 11, 2015, Scotland had faced a defeat by 148 runs at the Bellerive Oval in Australia. Cricket Scotland confirmed this week that Sri Lanka will make a stop in Scotland before flying to England and Wales, where the World Cup is scheduled to be held. Sri Lanka will play two ODIs in Scotland on May 18 and 21. 

England, the hosts of the upcoming World Cup, recently established a domination over Sri Lanka as tourists. They won the five-match ODI series by 3-1 and also won the only T20 International game. They went on to clean sweep the home team by 3-0 in the Test series as well. Not that this exploit proves anything for England regarding the World Cup due to varied conditions in the two nations. But they went back home well aware of their biggest strengths. Also, that they can perform when put under testing conditions. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, were defeated in their home conditions, on spinning tracks. 

Sri Lanka have previously played two ODI matches against Scotland and were the winners on both occasions. The last of these occasions was held in Scotland, the only time Sri Lanka had played an ODI in Scotland. Malinga claimed five wickets, at Edinburgh in July 2011, in the Tri-nation tournament match to help Sri Lanka defeat the home team by 183 runs.

But Scotland had once drawn a series 1-1 against Sri Lanka just prior to the 2017 Champions Trophy. Scotland had managed Sri Lanka by seven wickets in an unofficial 50-over match at Beckenham. 

Meanwhile, Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer expressed his excitement regarding this two-match series. He said that there is nothing better than playing cricket at home in front of a full house of Scottish fans and that the team is determined to continue to improve on their recent performances.

“We will be well prepared for these matches and go out to win,” said Coetzer.

“We are really excited to be playing these ODIs versus another Full Member. Following our 1-1 draw in the 50-overs series last year, it will be a real challenge for us to go one better and win this ODI series,” he added.

Sri Lanka will begin their World Cup campaign just nine days after the Scotland tour gets over. They are set to face Afghanistan in their first World Cup 2019 game, on June 4 at Cardiff. 

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