After back-to-back defeats, Bangladesh will look to get their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign back on track when they take on an inconsistent Sri Lanka on 11th June 2019 at County Ground, Bristol. The contest will be live from 3:00 pm IST.
Bangladesh had a perfect start to their World Cup, with a 21-run win over South Africa which also saw them post their highest one-day international score of 330-6. However, the Tigers were not able to carry forward the winning momentum and were handed a two-wicket loss by New Zealand followed by a massive a 106-run defeat to hosts England. The batting department of the team is doing pretty well with the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Soumya Sarkar. The bowling of the team was very poor in the last match and the team will be looking to make some changes against Sri Lanka.
Player To Watch Out For – Shakib Al Hasan
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be optimistic of their chances after recovering from a crushing 10-wicket defeat in their opening match against New Zealand. Sri Lanka would have loved to field the same side that featured against Afghanistan but will have to make an unforced change with Nuwan Pradeep ruled out due to a dislocated finger. Similarly, Lahiru Thirimanne is also doubtful for this game after feeling discomfort in his knee prior to match day. Both Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews have failed with the bat, leading to two middle-order capitulations and would want to set the record straight against a decent Bangladesh bowling unit.
Player To Watch Out For – Lasith Malinga
Similar to the previous PAK-SL game which got washed out at this very venue, this match also is at the threat of being abandoned due to persistent rain. Although the weather is slated to clear up later in the day, it should provide a lot of help to the pacers with swing and bounce.
Probable Line Ups
Bangladesh – Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin.
Sri Lanka – Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne/Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal.
Bangladesh will be the favorites for this match as the Sri Lankans are inconsistent so the confident tiger will be likely to take advantage.