Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: Preview, pitch report and TV listing
The ICC World Cup 2019 has already witnessed several high-octane clashes. And the 16th match would see Bangladesh and Sri Lanka going head to head at the County Ground in Bristol on Monday. It is an important match for them, as out of three ties, Bangladesh have already lost two. On the other hand, Lankans have won, drew and lost one game. Here's more.
Bangladesh thrashed by England, Lanka's game washed out
In their previous game, England thrashed Bangladesh by 106 runs. A well-fought century by Shakib Al Hasan was the only high point for Bangladesh, as they were robbed of two crucial points. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's match against Pakistan was abandoned due to rain, while the two teams shared one point each.
Perera, Shakib Al Hasan among players to watch out for
As for the players, Bangladesh's star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan would hog the limelight. He is currently the highest run-scorer. Meanwhile, pacer Mustafizur Rahman and spinner Mehidy Hasan too would fancy their chances. As for Lanka, wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera is also enjoying a good form, while pacer Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga could dictate the proceedings.
Lanka have an edge over Bangladesh
As of now, both the teams have clashed three times in the World Cup, with Sri Lanka winning all. Both the teams have never played against each other in England before, thus making it an interesting tie. As of now, there have been 45 ODIs between the sides, with Bangladesh scripting seven wins, while Sri Lanka have 36.
A low-scoring track awaits at Bristol
Only one proper match has been held at the ground in this tournament, and it was a low-scoring encounter. Moreover, with conditions set to be overcast, it is likely that the track would play slow again. Therefore, chances are that both the sides would field a bowling dominated side, while the team winning the toss would ideally like to bowl first.
Here are the predicted teams for both the nations
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket-keeper), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Mustafizur Rahman. Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Perera (wicket-keeper), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.
When, where and how to watch?
Match: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Venue: County Ground, Bristol Time: 3:00 PM IST Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1, 2, Select 1 and other regional languages channels of Star Sports. Where to watch (Online): Hotstar