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Angelo Mathews focussing on total focus against Bangladesh

Mirpur: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has targeted success in the three-match one-day international series in Bangladesh by players concentrating on their own roles.

Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews

The tourists open the series with the first of three games today and Mathews, who also captains Sri Lanka's Test side, wants his players focused from the first ball.

"You just have to concentrate on your role, whether you're a captain or a normal player in the side," said Mathews in quotes reported on the ESPN Cricinfo website.

"You need to give your maximum to the team regardless of your position." Sri Lanka will look to follow up their 2-0 Twenty20 series win over the same opponents with ODI success.

Sri Lanka could make changes after Nuwan Kulasekara's impact, both as a bowler and in the field in the T20 series, could put him in contention.

All-rounder Thisara Perera is also in contention but the final line-up could see a choice having to be made between Ashan Priyanjan and Kithuruwan Vithanage.

Bangladesh's selection dilemma
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim faces a selection poser over his bowling line-up and could leave the choice until late when he sees the conditions. He said: "(The) dew factor might come in.

There was overnight rain. We might play three pacers or three spinners." Mushfiqur also has to decide who will take the gloves as he will play only as a batsman as a hand injury means he will not be able to play as wicketkeeper.

That could mean either Shamsur Rahman or Mominul Haque keeping wicket. If the latter gets the nod that would probably see him bat at number three in preference to Anamul Haque.

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