In the 16th match of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, two sub-continents Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are all set to take on each other at the field of Bristol County Ground with a capacity of total 8,000 spectators on June 11th. Both the teams have played three matches so far, Mashrafe Mortaza-led Bangladeshi squad has won a single match and lost two and Dimuth Karunaratne-led Sri Lankans have won a match and lost one and the team had to face one match with no results against Pakistan on June 7 at Bristol.
In their last match against Afghanistan at Cardiff, Lankans sealed their first victory of the world cup with 34 runs even after a steep fall of wickets in the first innings. It was Sri Lanka’ bowlers who clearly gained the momentum for the team. The great bowling spell from ace pacer Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep helped them to come back in the game and handed them a win.
On the other side, Bangladesh clinched its lone victory against South Africa by 21 runs at ‘The Oval’ stadium. The great teamwork by Bangladeshi team in all three departments batting, bowling, and fielding led their side to celebrate their first win at Cricket World Cup 2019. While the two defeats against the strong teams New Zealand and England were very disappointing for the squad.
Bangladesh had won only single One Day International (ODI) at Bristol County Ground while Sri Lanka has witnessed no wins in three attempts so far.
In terms of their head-to-head records, both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have played total 45 matches against each other out of which Lanka had won 36 games and Bangladesh clinched 7 while two games got no results. Both the squads played their last encounter at 2018 Asian Cup in which Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim dominate the first innings with 144 runs which led his side to set the target of 261 runs on board against Sri Lanka. In reply, Lankans had to struggle hard to cross over the target but frequent fall of wickets resulted in Bangladesh’s clinical win from 137 runs
There are 90% chances of rain between the match of Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh. If that happens it would drastically affect the game of both sides’ cricketers. Though, the fast bowlers could get the opportunities to find the best possible ways to win a match for their side.
Sri Lanka’s Possible XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal and Lasith Malinga
Bangladesh’s Possible XI: Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman