posted on 2019-06-10 20:40:07
posted by Sahil Jain
Image Courtesy: PTI
Two Asian Giants, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, will lock horns with each other at Bristol on Tuesday.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman
Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Jeffrey Vandersay
The Sri Lankan middle-order will be put to test once again. They’ve been poor in the two games they’ve played so far. Despite getting a solid start in the game against Afghanistan, they squandered the opportunity to put up a big score. The highest score from a Sri Lankan middle-order batsman in the two games has been 27 by Thisara Perera. Hence, they will be up against the Bangladesh bowling attack which has done reasonably well in this tournament so far. The spinners and the pacers were able to apply the choke in the first two games (against South Africa and New Zealand). Hence, they will be looking to bounce back after a tough defeat against England.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka may have the same number of wins so far in this tournament but the latter have to thank their bowlers and the rain gods for being ahead at the moment. Sri Lanka are sitting on three points with one win, one loss and one no result while on the other hand, Bangladesh have just two points from three games (one win and two losses).
Sri Lanka have been one of the weakest looking teams in the competition. They were absolutely thrashed in the first game against New Zealand. They must believe that they got out of jail in the second one against Afghanistan as a collective bowling effort defended 186. The third game against Pakistan was a washout.
The batting has been one of Sri Lanka’s biggest problems. They’ve just not been able to produce anything substantial. Barring Kusal Perera and to an extent, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, no batsman has looked comfortable at the crease. In fact, none of the other batsmen have more than 30 runs put together in two innings. Such has been the sorry state of the batsmen.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh have been impressive but they ran into a rampaging and hurting England side in their third game. After their impressive win against South Africa, they fought hard against New Zealand and almost defended 244. The batting has done reasonably well but will want to do better. Barring the two senior men (Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim) who’ve been leading the charge this World Cup, there has not been a lot of contribution from the others. The likes of Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah haven’t fired.
Will be updated soon.
Odds and Prediction
The odds will be about 65-35 in Bangladesh’s favour for this game. Sri Lanka have been going through a really tough phase and have barely won anything in the last year or so in ODI cricket. Meanwhile, Bangladesh have been impressive and hence, will go into this fixture as favourites. However, there is a lot of rain around and it seems to be following Sri Lanka. There are showers predicted throughout the day.