As Zimbabwe lost to Bangladesh in the last match, Sri Lanka should beat Bangladesh in the next match to qualify for the Final. But, it is not going to be an easy talk for the Lankans to win the dominating home team Bangladesh. With 3 out of 3 wins, Bangladesh eyes for 4 wins on trott. If Sri Lanka loses, then Net Run Rate will decide a finalist among Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. 6th Match between Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka schedule to start at 12 PM Local | 11:30 AM IST on Thursday, 25th January 2018.
After dominated against both teams in the first round matches, the home side Bangladesh struggled a bit in their second meet against Zimbabwe on Tuesday. But, some amazing bowling performances from each of their 5 bowlers and a half-centuries by Shakib and Tamim helped the team to maintain such a momentum in this home series. After dropped for Bangladesh’s second match, the left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam back into the XI against Zimbabwe in the last match and that was the only change in Bangladesh XI. Sunzamul responded well with 2 wickets and 19 runs with a bat. The experienced Tamim Iqbal opened the innings along with Anamul Haque in all three matches. Tamim stands tall with a hat-trick of half-centuries but his partner Anamul Haque yet to score 50 or more in an innings in this series. Anamul departed for just one run in the last match and that may slightly opens the door for Mohammad Mithun. Anamul is the first choice opener and will get another chance but very little chances for Mithun too. Tamim’s scores were 84*, 84 and 76 runs respectively in the series and a big hundred might be on the way for him. The star all-rounder Shakib al Hasan who was promoted to no. 3 in the batting order, responded so well with scores 37, 67 and 51 runs respectively. Shakib makes the opponents worry with his left-arm spin and claimed three wicket hauls thrice in three matches. He also won man of the match awards in first two matches and no surprises if he get one more in this game. Mushfiqur Rahim batted ahead of Mahmullah in all three occasions and the experienced wicket-keeper did his job well for the team. He managed to score only 18 runs in the last game, but could come back strong against Sri Lanka.
Mahmudullah used to bat at no. 4 in ODIs, but as he moved to 5 in the order he struggles a bit in the series and scored 24 and 2 runs in last 2 matches. Mahmudullah is capable of much better with bat and also with a bowl, so can expect come back performances from him. Nasir Hossain and Sabbir Rahman bats at no. 6 and 7 for Bangladesh and both of them had thrown opportunities to bat well in the last game. Nasir Hossain who contributed something with a ball in first two matches didn’t done anything in the last game. In case, Mortaza decides to bring a specialist batsman on the expenses of Nasir, then Mohammad Mithun may come in for him. Three men pace attack of skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain worked so well in all three matches. Mortaza led from the front by taking 5 wickets in 3 matches and he also bowls well controlled economical spells. The left-arm quickie Mustafizur Rahman also claimed a tally of 5 wickets in 3 matches. He bowled a much impressive and an economical spell with 3 maiden overs in the last game. He could be a key pick among three of them. Third seamer Rubel Hossain also claimed 2 wickets haul twice and a wicket in other innings to share 5 wickets with his partners. Sunzamul Islam’s impressive show may keep him in the XI. But in case, Bangladesh prefers seamer ahead of him, then Abul Hasan may get his first go in the series.
SRI LANKA :
All Rounder Thisara Perera’s hard work finally paid-off with a victory for the team in the last game. After lost both of first round matches Zimbabwe and Bangladesh each, Sri Lankans found a way to stay in the contest by beating Zimbabwe in the last game and that wasn’t an easy win either. Apart from Thisara Perera, the opener Kusal Perera was the other one in-form, but unfortunately he was injured in the last game and will not take any further part in the series. Dhananjaya de Silva called up as a replacement for Kusal. The most experienced batsman in the unit, Upul Tharanga was in fine form throughout 2017, but 2018 didn’t start in a way he wants as he managed to score 11, 25 and 17 runs respectively in this series. If Tharanga finds a form in this crucial game, he will help the team to be in the final. After so many chances, Kusal Mendis slowly coming back to the form and scored very useful 36 runs in the last game. He should bat well and play long innings to keep Final’s hope alive. As Kusal Perera ruled out, Danushka Gunathilaka might make his way back to the XI and to opens the innings too. The wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella bats in unusual position of no. 4 in the series and managed to score only 16 and 7 runs respectively. He may reclaims his opening position and also expecting to score runs this time around. If he plays an aggressive innings, he will score very useful and big innings for the team.
On the absence of captain Angelo Mathews, the acting captain Dinesh Chandimal leads the team in the series and he played a knock with a responsibilities in the last game. Chandimal has played a calm and well structured innings to score 38 not out in 71 balls other day. But, he need to be more aggressive when facing the strong team in the series Bangladesh on Thursday. Asela Gunaratne’s failure with a bat continues and that would open the door for Dhananjaya de Silva who could bat and bowl too. Senior all-rounder Thisara Perera’s contributions of 9 wickets with a ball and 132 runs with a bat in three matches were the only positive signs overall for Sri Lanka. The team requires the big fellow to continue his good all-round work in this do or die match too. The mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya’s magic fades away slowly in the series and he claimed only a wickets in 3 matches. Laskhan Sandakan bowled well in his spell of 2 for 57 in 10 overs, may give him a second chance in this game. Senior pacers Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep has a big role to play for Sri Lanka to keep the final hope alive. Lakmal who bowled well on India tour, struggling in Bangladesh tracks. He claimed only one wicket in 3 matches so far. But Pradeep has done a good job in the last game where he picked 3 for 28 in 8 overs. Both of these pacers has to bowl well to beat Bangladesh at their own yard.
KEY PLAYERS :
- Tamim Iqbal
- Anamul Haque
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Mashrafe Mortaza
- Rubel Hossain
- Mustafizur Rahman
Wild Card Pick – Mushfiqur Rahim
SRI LANKA :
- Upul Tharanga
- Niroshan Dickwella
- Kusal Mendis
- Dinesh Chandimal
- Thisara Perera
- Nuwan Pradeep
- Suranga Lakmal
Wild Card Pick – Dhananjaya de Silva
POSSIBLE LINEUPS :
1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Anamul Haque / Mohammad Mithun, 3. Shakib Al Hasan, 4. Mushfiqur Rahim, 5. Mahmudullah, 6. Sabbir Rahman, 7. Nasir Hossain, 8. Mashrafe Mortaza, 9. Sunzamul Islam / Abul Hasan, 10. Rubel Hossain, 11. Mustafizur Rahman.
SRI LANKA :
1. Upul Tharanga, 2. Niroshan Dickwella, 3. Kusal Mendis, 4. Danushka Gunathilaka, 5. Dinesh Chandimal, 6. Asela Gunaratne / Dananjaya de Silva, 7. Thisara Perera, 8. Akila Dananjaya, 9. Suranga Lakmal, 10. Lakshan Sandakan / Shehan Madushanka, 11. Nuwan Pradeep.