As part of their final preparations for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, Sri Lanka are scheduled to tour Scotland for two one-day internationals, the first of which will be played on May 18 at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh. Live telecast of the match will begin at 11 AM local time.
SCO vs SL, 1st ODI 2019: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sports Cricket, Ten Sports, SuperSport, Fox Sports, OSN Sports Cricket HD
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for Scotland vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI 2019...
Scotland Team News & Playing 11
Scotland's batting will depend primarily on their top-order batsmen in Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod and Matthew Cross. Coetzer has scored the most runs for the team in ODIs and the skipper is also the leading run-getter in the format at this ground. MacLeod is the most experienced campaigner in this batting group. He is having an ODI average of around 63 and has hit four centuries at the Grange Cricket Club. Scotland will bank on their most reliable seamers Alasdair Evans and Safyaan Sharif to deliver the goods for them when it comes to bowling. Sharif is one of their best ODI bowlers with 54 wickets in 37 matches while Evans is the leading wicket-taker at this ground with 14 wickets in 10 matches. Mark Watt and Bradley Wheal are the others to watch out for in Scotland's bowling attack.
Scotland Predicted Playing 11
Matthew Cross (wk), Kyle Coetzer (c), Calum MacLeod, Michael Jones, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Tom Sole, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Bradley Wheal
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera are the heavyweights in the Sri Lankan batting line-up and the visitors will be expecting significant contributions from them. Karunaratne has a half-century in his only ODI innings at this venue and the skipper will want to make it two from two. Mendis has a century and 14 fifties in the format while Mathews has loads of experience under his belt. Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera and Suranga Lakmal make for a potent Sri Lankan pace attack. Malinga, one of the team's most experienced and successful ODI bowlers, has a five-wicket haul at this ground. He is coming off a pretty good IPL season and could land a few early blows on the home team with the new ball. Lakmal is a quality swing bowler and he too will be another big threat for the Scottish batsmen.
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SCO : L W L L W
SL : L L L L L
SCO vs SL Head to Head
Scotland and Sri Lanka have played only two one-day internationals against each other with the latter emerging victorious on both the occasions.
Sri Lanka registered a 183-run victory in the first of those encounters which was played in July 2013 at the Grange Cricket Club - the venue for this match. The second and most recent face-off came at the 2015 ICC World Cup at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Australia where the Lankans ended up winners by 148 runs.
Scotland vs Sri Lanka Prediction
Scotland and Sri Lanka are both having troubles in the game's fifty-over format. The latter have lost their last eight ODIs on the bounce and they will be desperate to end their losing streak. The hosts too have not been faring well having suffered three defeats in their last four matches. Though they do have the advantage of playing in their own conditions and they have won five of their last seven completed ODIs at this ground. One of those wins came against England in June last year and that should really give them enough hope going into this game. Sri Lanka, however, are still a superior side on both batting and bowling fronts and they have plenty of experienced campaigners in their ranks which is why we expect them to win the series opener.
Final Verdict: Back Sri Lanka to beat Scotland in the first ODI.