High hopes for both teams heading into this match
Sri Lanka’s lack of cricket thanks to the UK weather may just work in favour of Bangladesh who has completed all three of their matches despite losing two of them. Apart from that heavy 106-run loss against the hosts in their last match, Bangladesh have been relatively-impressive in the 2019 World Cup so far. Sri Lanka on the other hand looks a lot more tentative with not a whole lot of confidence, can they spark up at Bristol?
On the end of a thrashing, one of the World Cup minnows was taught a lesson against a polished-England outfit in Cardiff last week. Fortunately Bangladesh won’t be up against the likes of Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, making life a little easier in their fourth group stage match. Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan has been a consistent performer with the ball in his three outings, claiming five wickets without being overly-expensive. 22-year-old quick Mohammad Saifuddin has also been a handy contributor averaging two wickets a game for the Tigers, Mustafizur Rahman is also a very-talented seam bowler however has struggled in his last two games. The batting has been a highlight of this Bangladeshi outfit, Shakib Al Hasan in particular who is averaging 86.66 with scores of 75, 64, and his best yet 121 against England since his elevation up the order. They just need a bit more out of Tamim Iqbal and the middle order, Mohammad Mithun could potentially make way for Sabbir Rahman against Sri Lanka.
It’s almost as if this Sri Lankan team is caught in between an uncomfortable-transition and a rebuild, they’ve decided against some of their more experienced International players for this World Cup based on form. Rightfully so, you can’t take passengers into a World Cup, however taking a punt on inexperience is arguably just as risky. A wash out in Bristol was probably the best result possible for Sri Lanka, Pakistan was coming off a strong performance against England with their confidence sky-high. Quicks Nuwan Pradeep (4/31) and Lasith Malinga (3/39) did the damage with the ball against Afghanistan, Malinga’s death bowling the highlight of the game with two perfectly-executed yorkers to win them the game. Nuwan Pradeep is set to miss the match with a dislocated finger. It’s hard to see Malinga having the same impact against Bangladesh, it’s a more solidified unit compared to Afghanistan’s. Sri Lanka’s middle order has been deplorable in their opening two games, all three of Kusal Mendis, Mathews and de Silva are yet to register double figures with the willow.
UPDATE: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in doubt after suffering quadriceps injury.
Top 5 fantasy picks – Bangladesh
- Tamim Iqbal
- Mohammad Saifuddin
- Mehidy Hasan
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Soumya Sarkar
Wildcard pick – Mahmudullah
Top 5 fantasy picks – Sri Lanka
- Kusal Perera
- Lahiru Thirimanne
- Suranga Lakmal
- Thisara Perera
- Lasith Malinga
Wildcard pick – Angelo Mathews
Predicted Team XI’s
Bangladesh (possible) – 1. Tamim Iqbal 2. Soumya Sarkar 3. Shakib Al Hasan/Liton Das 4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 5. Mahmudullah 6. Mohammad Mithun/Sabbir Rahman 7. Mosaddek Hossain 8. Mohammad Saifuddin 9. Mehidy Hasan 10. Mashrafe Mortaza © 11. Mustafizur Rahman.
Sri Lanka (possible) – 1. Dimuth Karunaratne © 2. Kusal Perera (wk) 3. Lahiru Thirimanne 4. Kusal Mendis 5. Angelo Mathews 6. Dhananjaya de Silva/Jeevan Mendis/Milinda Siriwardana 7. Thisara Perera 8. Isuru Udana 9. Suranga Lakmal 10. Lasith Malinga 11. Jeffrey Vandersay.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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