Tigers desperate to break jinx beating Sri Lanka
Bangladesh cricket team will take on Sri Lanka today in their fourth match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the County Ground in Bristol eying to bounce back after successive defeats against New Zealand and England. The match is scheduled to kick off at 3:30pm (BST) even with day-long shower forecast over Bristol.
The match is very crucial for Tigers to keep them in the race of 'top-four' since they lost two of the three initial clashes despite hectic entrance in the largest cricketing face off beating mighty South Africa by 21 runs. Bangladesh slipped their win against New Zealand and ingested two wickets defeat followed by massive 106-run crush against hosts England.
Sri Lanka on the other hand, forfeited to New Zealand by 10 wickets in their first game but won the next match against Afghanistan by 34 runs after thankful downpour in Cardiff. They were further fortuned by rain to share points with Pakistan. Rain once again can emerge as blessing for Hathurusinghe's disciples today.
If cricket win against all odds, Tigers must give their best shot taking lesson from previous blunders. Bangladesh paid much in last couple of matches for their sloppy fielding, wicket throwing and poor running between the wickets. Besides, form of Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad and Mohammad Mithun created suffering for Bangladesh while they were bating. The experienced batters must deliver their best today to pay their debt to the team.
Mustafizur Rahman also need to fire with his hidden weapons to prove himself at the largest stage of cricket. Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar and Saifuddin are the key Bangladesh players and claim spotlight today from Bangladesh point of view.
Lasith Malinga, Kusal Mendis and Thisara Perera are the three Lankans, who have brilliant track record against Bangladesh. But Sri Lanka might be downhearted as their sharpest warhead with the ball Nuwan Pradeep ruled out for injury. Nuwan scalped four wickets against Afghanistan. So, Sri Lanka are obvious to make a change here.
Bangladesh possibly will rest Mehedi Miraz to enrich pace battery including speed star Rubel Hossain. If Tigers go with three pacer and two spinner policy, they can be rested Mustafiz to bring Rubel in.
Head to head stat clearly favours Sri Lanka since Lankans won in 36 of the 45 meets against seven defeats. Bangladesh lost in all the World Cup meets against Lankan Islanders. But all were before Tigers renaissance in 2014. The Tigers dominated over Lankan Lions from then and beat Sri Lanka by 137 runs in the last meet during the Asia Cup last year.
However, an extremely rainy day is expected in Bristol with little chance to role a ball on the wicket. County Ground authority however, assured that they will leave no stone unturned to prepare the ground at least for a curtail-over match.