HAMBANTOTA: Bangladesh will seek inspiration from their Asia Cup victory over Sri Lanka when they open a three-match one-day series in Hambantota on Saturday.
Mushfiqur Rahim's Bangladeshis proved they were capable of surprising big teams in the shorter format of the game when they beat World Cup finalists India and Sri Lanka on their way to the Asia Cup final in Dhaka last year.
Bangladesh, who registered their third one-day win over Sri Lanka in 30 matches, produced more encouraging results at home last year, including a series victory over the West Indies.
The tourists also gave a good account of themselves in the opening Test against Sri Lanka in Galle before losing the second match and the series in Colombo recently.
“The way we played the first Test we can take a lot of positives. In the second Test, we bowled them out in one innings and that is quite a positive sign,” Rahim said.
“We have been really playing well over the last one-and-a-half years.”
Bangladesh's batting has been bolstered with the return of Mohammad Ashraful, who played his last one-dayer in October 2011. He looked in good touch in the recent Tests, scoring 190 in the opening match.
Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews will be keen to complete a double as captain after leading his side to victory in the Test series.
“It was important to win the (Test) series whoever you play against. We were under pressure to win and I think we played some really good cricket,”said the Sri Lankan skipper.
Sri Lanka have also done well in recent one-dayers, winning a five-match series at home against New Zealand in November and then drawing a tough series 2-2 in Australia in January.
The second match will also be played in Hambantota on Monday, before the final encounter in Pallekele on March 28.
Sri Lanka (from): Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (vice-capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kushal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Sachithra Senanayake, Upul Tharanga, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Angelo Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Sachith Pathirana.
Bangladesh (from): Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Abdur Razzak, Abul Hasan, Anamul Haque, Jahurul Islam, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Mohammad Ashraful, Mominul Haque, Mosharraf Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal, Ziaur Rahman.