Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: Match 16 of the ICC World Cup 2019 will see Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka at the Bristol County Ground, in England. Both the teams have had similar openings to their campaign, with 1 win each out of 3 games played so far. While Bangladesh have shown positive signs in the campaign, the Lankans have had a rather disappointing beginning. With both the teams desperately eyeing for a win, it remains to be seen who would emerge victorious.
Though both the teams are tallying with the same points, Sri Lanka got the benefit of the match getting washed out by getting 1 point, thereby not affecting the run-rate They are currently placed 6th while Bangladesh are placed 8th.
LANKA & BANGLA IN WC 2019
Sri Lanka had a bizarre opening to the tournament after getting bowled out for a mere 136 by New Zealand. However, they got the better of Afghanistan, where the Afghani Lions were bowled out by the Lankans for 152, in pursuit of 202. The bowlers did seem to be in good touch in this game, especially Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep, taking a combined 7 wickets in the match. However, the batting still seems concerning for the Lankans, as they were bowled out by Afghanistan as well.
On the contrary, Bangladesh have a had a significantly better tournament than all their previous tournaments. One such testament to their brilliant performance is the fact that Shakib Al Hasan is currently ruling the roost as the highest run-getter in the tournament so far with 260 runs. If they are a little more consistent, they surely possess the ability to surprise any team who come their way. They have for long been an unpredictable team, moving away from the minnow’s tag. Well, they will be looking to get rid of the “Unpredictable” tag in this tournament and change it to a “Strong Team” tag.
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Bangladesh and West Indies have played 45 games so far with the Lankans taking a major leap, with 36 wins in their kitty, while Bangladesh could only win 7 matches. However, Bangladesh have shown great signs of improvement in the last 4 years, by winning 3 out of 6 games being played. However, in the world cup, Sri Lanka have never let the Bangladesh win till date, by winning all the three matches played. It remains to be seen if that jinx will be broken tomorrow by Bangladesh.
The weather has been the worst player of the tournament so far; however, that may not be something the South African fans would say given they earned their first point, all thanks to the rains. The forecast for Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh match doesn’t have any good news in store for the fans. The forecast report predicts a severe chance of downpour throughout the day. In all possibility, the game may get abandoned due to the downpour. The skies will be clad in thick clouds through the day, with the temperature hovering around the 12 degrees Celsius mark. High humidity percentages are expected during the game time, with forecasts predicting the percentages to reach 80 during the scheduled game time.
The pitch at county ground had a reputation of favouring the team batting second. 7 out of 17 games have been won by the chasing teams. However, this impression was challenged in the last game on this ground. The game was handsomely won by the team batting first. The team winning the toss tomorrow might take learning from the experience of the last game and choose to bat first, put a hefty total on the board and put pressure on the opposition and dismiss them for a low score.
Although Bangladesh team come into this game with the burden of a recent loss; they might not make any major alterations to their side. The team looked promising in the previous games including the warmups, and Mashrafe Mortaza would hope his team pulls itself together to deliver such winning performances in the games to come too. Although Mohammad Mithun has not been very good with the bat, he has still been retained in the team, given on his good day, he could decimate the opposition. However, a continued failed performance by him could make way for Sabbir Rahman.
Mashrafe Mortaza hasn’t been very with the ball yet and his team looks up to him to lead from the front being the experienced player that he is. Mohammad Saifuddin has been a boon to the team. He has been in a consistent form and his team will hope his good form continues. Shakib is the other player on the Tigers side, who has been in great form so far. However, Tamim Iqbal’s form may be one reason to be concerned about. The team could post good scores on the board, provided the batting department is supported by Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah.
Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun/Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman.
The big news coming from Sri Lanka’s dressing room is the exclusion of speedster, Nuwan Pradeep. Nuwan Pradeep, who was the player of the match against the Afghans, was ruled out of the upcoming game owing to the injury he suffered on his bowling arm. His exit may make way for Jeevan Mendis to play in the playing eleven. A good performance from the opening duo: Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne, will be crucial for Sri Lanka to put vital runs on the board.
Lahiru Thirimanne will be vital at number three. The team will look at Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, and Dhananjaya de Silva, who haven’t been able to cast their magic yet, to step up and deliver. Suranga Lakmal is wicketless in the tournament so far and his position may be under threat if he continues to fail. Although Lasith Malinga gave away easy runs against the Kiwis, his experience is irreplaceable. He came back strong in the game against Bangladesh and one cannot put a cap on the damage he can cause to the opposition. All-rounders have played a crucial role in this tournament and thus, Thisara Perera and Isuru Udana’s performance will be key to the team.
Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMER
Tamim Iqbal – Bangladesh | Kusal Perera – Sri Lanka
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TV – Star Sports
Match Timings – 15:00 IST; 10:30 local
PREDICTION: Bangladesh are favourites to win the match.
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