Sri Lanka eye quick turnaround

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 Untitled-2Sri Lanka’s problems and Bangladesh’s current form at home will leave the latter with a distinct advantage when the two teams clash in the Tri-Series One Day International third game at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka today (19). 


The hosts come into the game on the back of a comprehensive win in their first outing against Zimbabwe. 


The good form of key players such as Tamim Iqbal, Shakib al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman all point towards a confident outfit.


However, if Sri Lanka do play to their potential then they could do more than just running Bangladesh close. 


They will not have much time though, the format of the tournament does not allow Sri Lanka too much breathing space.  They will be playing three of their four league games in the space of five days.


In fact, Sri Lanka’s much-talked-about rejigging at the top by getting in a new coach and a captain did little to change their ODI fortunes. 

 

In fact, Sri Lanka’s much-talked-about rejigging at the top by getting in a new coach and a captain did little to change their ODI fortunes


But they will take heart in a few positives that came out of that game. The form of the two Pereras – Kusal and Thisara – ought to augur well for the team. 


They will be concerned with the bowling department though, which conceded 290 runs against Zimbabwe.


Batting and spin will find help once again as conditions are expected to be on the dry side. Meanwhile, either Danushka Gunathilaka or Niroshan Dickwella is expected to take the field if Angelo Mathews does not recover from his injury. However, a good collective first game puts Bangladesh under no pressure of changing their playing eleven.  They might ponder giving Mehedi Hasan a go at some point but chances are slim of bringing about such a change now. “We lost by a small margin in the first game as we did not play our best game. If we come up and play our best game then we would have a better result I believe,” said Thilan Samaraweera, Sri Lanka’s Batting Coach.

 

We lost by a small margin in the first game as we did not play our best game. If we come up and play our best game then we would have a better result I believe


jhghhjg“We have to play the Zimbabwean brand of cricket that they displayed yesterday,” said Mashrafe Mortaza, Captain of the Bangladesh Team.


(Agencies)

 

We have to play the Zimbabwean brand of cricket that they displayed yesterday

 


 

The Squads:


Sri Lanka


Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews (Captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Shehan Madushanka and Lakshan Sandakan


Bangladesh


Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, M. Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Sunzamul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Abul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mohammad Mithun.