Sri Lanka are currently eighth in the ICC ODI rankings. @ Getty Images
Sri Lanka are currently eighth in the ICC ODI rankings. @ Getty Images

Sri Lanka will face Scotland in two ODIs on May 18 and 21 before beginning their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign. According to a report in Cricbuzz on Monday, the venue for the two matches will be revealed next month.

Sri Lanka, who were handed a 3-0 Test series sweep against England on Monday, face Scotland after almost a year when they toured the country for two unofficial one-day matches to gear up for the Champions Trophy. The Islanders lost the first match with Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross smashing centuries to chase down the 288-run target, but bounced back to level the series 1-1.

Scotland, who narrowly missed on a World Cup qualification spot, will look to continue its impressive showing in 2018 when they beat England, the No. 1 ODI side by six runs.

“We are really excited to be playing these ODIs versus another Full Member,” Coetzer said.

“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.”

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“After the success of 2018, the team is mindful that we face new pressures and higher expectations from both Scottish cricket fans and also the wider global cricket community. There is nothing better that playing cricket at home in front of a full house of Scottish fans and we are determined to continue to improve on our recent performances. We will be well prepared for these matches and go out to win.”

Sri Lanka face New Zealand in their World Cup match on June 1 next year.