One eye on continue as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka shove for critical points

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When Bangladesh and Sri Lanka get to a belligerent on Tuesday, they will have one eye on a 22 yards, and a other on a skies.

Last weekend, Bristol was a venue of a usually chasm of a World Cup so far, that has meant that Sri Lanka haven’t played a diversion for 6 days. But that chasm opposite Pakistan has ensured they are, opposite many calculations, in a tip half of a points list notwithstanding being thumped by New Zealand and doing usually about adequate to kick Afghanistan.

But there are problems aplenty in their camp. Arguably their fastest bowler, and Man-of-the-Match from a Afghanistan game, Nuwan Pradeep, is taken due to a palm injury, and their batsmen have a lowest numbers among all a teams. On normal given a start of 2017, they remove half their batsmen by a 30th over and are approaching to be bowled out each 1.80 ODIs. In a World Cup, their center sequence (Nos. 4-7) has scored usually 9 runs in dual matches, with Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews carrying fear starts. Their usually splendid spots have been Kusal Perera’s stubborn batting performances and a join conflict that looks like it can difficulty batsmen when a conditions assistance a bit.

For Bangladesh, it’s about branch their debate around after a earnest start that has strike a roadblock following dual defeats. But there were lessons in those losses. Their spin-focused conflict has been costly and unpenetrative, with some even job it “regressive”. In English conditions, it would make clarity to tweak their plan opposite a big-hitting team. But opposite Sri Lanka, Bangladesh might be tempted to give that plan one final shot.

There’s not many regard for their pacers either. They normal a wicket each 90 balls in a initial 30 overs, and it’s usually some zippy death-bowling from Mohammad Saifuddin that gave New Zealand a hiccup and stopped England from creation an even bigger total. The genuine differentiator between a dual sides is Bangladesh’s higher batting form, and if a event presents itself, bat-first-put-pressure would be their best proceed opposite Sri Lanka.

Form guide

Bangladesh LLWWW (last 5 finished matches, many new first)
Sri Lanka WLWLL

In a spotlight

Mohammad Saifuddin is usually 22, though in his 15-ODI career, an economy of 7.1 in a final 10 overs has meant that he has delivered some-more balls between overs 41-50 than even Mustafizur Rahman in this World Cup. He can tail in a comparison ball, and opposite a batting choice that is still perplexing to find form, a bowler they have never faced could be wily for Sri Lanka. If a spinners can’t find purchase, Saifuddin could be a good partnership-breaking choice in a center duration as well.

Kusal Mendis has not played a singular shot in control during a World Cup. He’s faced 3 deliveries for his dual dismissals. Since 2018, he’s averaged 21.50 and has not been means to yield a fortitude that Sri Lanka have desperately indispensable in both their matches. With Milinda Siriwardana accessible for selection, a Bangladesh diversion could be Mendis’ final possibility of gripping his mark in a XI.

Team news

Bowling allrounder Jeevan Mendis is a likeliest deputy for a harmed Pradeep, that means Sri Lanka could margin a same XI as a one in their ten-wicket detriment opposite New Zealand. It increases their batting depth.

Sri Lanka 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), 3 Lahiru Thirimanne 4, Angelo Mathews, 5 Kusal Mendis/Milinda Siriwardene, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Thisara Perara, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Jeevan Mendis, 10 Suranga Lakmal, 11 Lasith Malinga

Bangladesh could be tempted to move Rubel Hossain or Abu Jayed in for their additional gait instead of Mehidy Hasan. Liton Das and Sabbir Rahman are approaching to sojourn on a dais unless they move one of them in for Mohammad Mithun.

Bangladesh 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahman (wk), 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Mehidy Hasan/Rubel Hossain, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Pitch and conditions

In a final 3 finished games in Bristol, teams bowling initial have won twice, England’s successful follow of 359 opposite Pakistan in May one of them. The continue is approaching to be “showery” with over 50% possibility of sleet nearby toss time and again around 2pm.

Strategy punt

  • Dhananjaya de Silva has averaged usually 16.90 after 8 games in 2019, with a strike rate of usually over 70. He could be transposed by Siriwardana, who also bowls a bit of left-arm spin, so Sri Lanka won’t remove a part-time choice either. Importantly, Siriwardana has 3 half-centuries from No. 6 in a brief career and could yield a new dimension to their batting.

  • It’s in Sri Lanka’s best seductiveness for Mathews to bat during No. 4. Since a start of 2017, he has been discharged inside 20 deliveries in usually 16% of his games, while a rest of his team-mates operation between 48% (de Silva) and 100% (Jeevan Mendis). It appears he is a usually choice in a Sri Lankan choice to play a anchor purpose if their captain Dimuth Karunaratne falls early.

  • Bangladesh should start off with spin opposite Kusal Perera. Since 2018, he averages 51.1 opposite a quicks so feeding him gait would capacitate Sri Lanka to have a frail beginning. Against spin, he averages usually 22.7 and is discharged each 25.7 deliveries. Mehidy branch a round divided from him would be a good match-up from Bangladesh’s perspective.

Stats and trivia

  • Shakib Al Hasan is 23 runs divided from apropos a second Bangladesh batsman to strech 6000 ODI runs.

  • Lasith Malinga needs 4 wickets to turn a fourth male to take 50 World Cup wickets. If he takes three, he’ll tie with Chaminda Vaas on 49 World Cup wickets – a second-highest for Sri Lanka behind Muttiah Muralitharan’s 68.

  • Mustafizur Rahman is set to play his 50th ODI.


“I’m not disturbed about who is respecting us or not. I’m some-more disturbed about a performance, and make certain we are winning these matches. That is some-more critical for us. Respect varies from one chairman to another, though we don’t consider honour is going to work in a 22 yards.”

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza when asked if he thinks other teams are now respecting them more.

Article source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/1188216.html?CMP=OTC-RSS


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