Tourists Bangladesh will be carrying the responsibility of fulfilling two objectives when they clash with Sri Lanka in the second T20I in Colombo. Saving the series after losing the opening match in a one-sided fashion will be the first target. The loss at RPS, Colombo added one more negative result to their losing streak which has now extended to 8 matches.
The second objective happens to be emotional as Mashrafe Mortaza bids adieu to the T20 format. His teammates would certainly be highly motivated to give him jubilant farewell.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be charging against the opposition with one single goal – win the contest and pocket the series. The series has been even so far. They gave up the chance to win the Test series after going 1-0 up in the Test series while the ODI leg was harmed by the rains. The upcoming match offers the last opportunity for the hosts to conclude the series in a memorable way.
Sri Lanka might not make any changes in their winning XI. Lasith Malinga and Kusal Perera made a grand return to the side. Both ended up as the best at their job with Malinga taking 2/38 and Perera leading the chase with 53-ball 77-run knock.
But if compared wholly, the bowling department did a better job than their batting counterpart. Malinga received ample of support from the Vikum Sanjaya (1/24), Asela Gunaratne (1/24) and Seekkuge Prasanna (1/19). Nuwan Kulasekara was the only expensive one, leaking 44 runs in 4 overs without any success.
However, Lankans would expect their batsmen to step up. Tharanga threw away a start while the rest of Munaweera and Gunaratne were flops. Bangladesh’s bowling has enough bite to trigger a collapse on their day and Sri Lanka must keep this in their mind.
Bangladesh will also be hoping their top order to fire. Tamim Iqbal was dismissed for a duck while Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman need to do much better that the 29 and 16 they scores respectively in the first match. The bowling also needs to improve.
- Mashrafe Mortaza will finish his T20I career as Bangladesh’s highest wicket-taker among fast bowlers.
- Bangladesh have now lost eight T20Is in a row, their second-worst run in the format
- Mushfiqur is still chasing the 50 dismissal milestone. He needs just five dismissals to reach there.
Upul Tharanga (C), Kusal Perera (WK), Dilshan Munaweera, Chamara Kapugedara, Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Vikum Sanjaya
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed