Bangladesh aim to end their losing streak against Sri Lanka
Our Prediction is Bangladesh to win the match!
Bangladesh will be looking to finally turn their form around when they will face Sri Lanka in the 16th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Bristol on Tuesday.
Mashrafe Mortaza-led unit will be desperate to break their losing streak after managing to win only one game out of three matches played so far in the competition. In their last match, Bangladesh registered another demoralizing defeat, this time against Eoin Morgan’s England courtesy 106-run margin.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will need to raise their game with the bat and ball in order to compete with Bangladesh in this game. The side led by Dimuth Karunaratne managed to eke out a close win against Afghanistan.
On the other hand, Bangladesh will be looking to get back to winning ways after suffering back-to-back defeats in the competition. In their previous game, Bangladesh simply had an answer to England’s fierce onslaught with the bat and ball at Cardiff.
In the batting department, the team will be depending on Shakib Al Hasan and wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim to produce the bulk of runs. Shakib so far is Bangladesh’s highest run-getter in the tournament with 260 runs in three matches at an average of 86.66, whereas Rahim has managed to score 141 runs at an average of 47.00.
Left-hander Shakib Al Hasan was the standout performer for Bangladesh in their previous game played against England. He scored 121 off 119 balls with the help of twelve fours and a six in a losing cause. Shakib will be looking to continue his good form with the bat in this game.
The biggest disappointment for Bangladesh in this World Cup has been lack of runs from opener Tamim Iqbal. He has struggled to produce runs and scored only 59 runs in three games at an average of 19.66. Iqbal will need to dig deep in order to produce a notable score against Sri Lanka.
Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin have chipped in with crucial scores for the side in this World Cup. Mahmudullah needs to bat a little higher in order to produce big runs for the side in the competition.
In the bowling department, the team will be relying on the likes of Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman to pick up wickets with the new-ball. Mohammad Saifuddin has been a good find for the side for the World Cup. He is certainly one bowler who can deliver yorkers at the back end of the innings.
Mehidy Hasan Miraaz has bowled exceedingly well for Bangladesh in this World Cup. Shakib also has chipped in with decent spells for Bangladesh in the competition.
Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne will be hoping that the side can put in an improved batting performance against Bangladesh.
With so much at stake, Sri Lanka will be depending on in-form wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera to continue leading the way for the team, especially after he played a stunning knock of 78 off 81 balls with the help of eight fours in the game played against Afghanistan.
Apart from him, opener Dimuth Karunaratne will be under focus as well after producing decent scores for the side so far in the competition. He will be looking to put in a big score for Sri Lanka in this game.
Experienced players like Angelo Matthews, Kusal Mendis, and Lahiru Thiramanne have failed to produce runs for the side so far in the competition. The batting trio will need to produce scores for the side in this game.
All-rounder Thisara Perera also has struggled to get going with the bat and ball in this World Cup. He will be determined to contribute handsomely with the bat and ball against Bangladesh.
In the bowling department, the likes of Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep need to produce crucial breakthroughs with the new-ball. Lasith Malinga is still a great bowler at the back end of the innings. Isuru Udana and Thisara Perera are back-up seam options for the side for this game.
Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Lahiru Thiramanne, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Jeevan Mendis/ Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.
The wicket prepared for the game will be decent for batting. The weather forecast for the game is far from ideal as heavy downpours are expected throughout the game.
County Ground in Bristol is going to host the game between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Mashrafe Mortaza and co. will take heart from the fact that they have won a game at this venue. The previous game between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was abandoned due to heavy showers.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to lowest possible score. Batting second might be the preferable option due to rain playing a significant role in the outcome of the game.
Based on current form, Bangladesh will be favorites to win this game against Sri Lanka. The side has a superior batting lineup in comparison with Dimuth Karunaratne’ Sri Lanka. Bangladesh has a lot of firepower in their bowling as well with the likes of Mehidy Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin doing exceedingly well for the side in the competition. Expect Bangladesh to beat Sri Lanka in this game.
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