Lasith Malinga – well will always be the X-factor. The unconventional bowler may be 35 but with the kind or resume he has build in ODIs over the years, no team will make the mistake of taking him lightly.

Malinga last played an ODI for Sri Lanka in 2017 against India and was left out for the one-off T20I against South Africa in August, so there is the sub-plot of Malinga wanting to prove himself. His recent string of good performances in the T20 leagues in Canada and Sri Lanka prompted the selectors to give him one more lease of life. And with Sri Lanka’s struggles in the recent past, Malinga could prove to be catalyst the team needs.