After sharing points with Australia, Bangladesh will take on mighty Sri Lanka on the 26th February 2015 at the MCG. The match will start at 9.00 AM IST. Sri Lanka survived a scare against Afghanistan, but they won the match by 4 wickets.
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Sri Lanka look a very good side with good batting line-up. Upul Tharanga, who has been included in place of the injured Jeevan Mendis, will look provide good start to the team so that the likes of Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Chandimal, Mathews can build on. They included Thisara Perera in the eleven and he played a quick-fire knock of 47. Malinga, Kulasekara also picked up wickets which showed their authority against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh too have a good batting line up. They have the experience of Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque at the start of the innings, followed by Soumya Sarkar. After that they have Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushqfur Rahim, Momnul Haque. The bowling also looks okay with Masharfe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed and Rubel Hossain.
Previous World Cup encounters:
ICC World Cup 2007, group stage, Port of Spain Trinidad (Sri Lanka won by 198 runs)
Key Players to watch out for:
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene
He will the key person whom the Sri Lankans will rely upon the most. Against Afghanistan when the team was struggling at 51 for 4, the veteran came in and struck a wonderful 100 to rescue the team to a win and get 2 points for the team. Jayewardene is one of the class players in modern day cricket. He comes at number 4 and plays according to the situation
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan
He is one of vital member’s in the Bangladesh squad. Against Afghanistan he scored crucial runs and picked up wickets. His allrounder skills can help Bangladesh to overcome the Sri Lankans who will be eager to stamp the authority on the Bangladesh batting. He comes at 5 and can change the course of the match with his wide range of strokes.
Probable Playing XI:
Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (capt), Thisara Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mominul Haque, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain