A wet Tuesday is expected at Bristol as per the weather forecast, which means the third wash-out of the current tournament is on its way. The Pakistan-Sri Lanka and South Africa-West Indies match already washed out due to rain.
Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka won one match each, but Sri Lanka has a better run rate. Sri Lankan team is more vigorous in bowling while Bangladesh has a better batting order.
But Bangladesh looks better on paper, and are favourites to win this contest. A win here will make the team one step closer to the top 4 sides of the tournament. Shakib Al Hasan has done everything right so far in three matches, and the team would be hoping him to click again in this game.
Sri Lanka, with already one match washed out, would like to see a full game happening to secure 2 points. Malinga is in fine form, and he can rip apart any batting line up. The weather condition will also favour the veteran pace bowler who is playing his 4th World Cup.
Players to watch out
Tamim Iqbal has not a great tournament so far. If Bangladesh needs to do well in batting, he has to deliver at the top. He can score quickly, which can make the base for a big total for Bangladesh.
Angelo Matthews, one of the best all-rounder in recent years, hasn’t delivered anything good for Lanka in the previous two games. He must be eagerly waiting to go out and prove his critics that he can still win matches for Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka in ODIs:
Overall: Matches 45, Bangladesh Won 7, Sri Lanka 36 No Result 2
World Cup: Matches 3, Bangladesh won 0, Sri Lanka won 3
Recent Form (most recent first): Bangladesh L L W W W, Sri Lanka NR W L W NR
ICC Rankings: Bangladesh (7), Sri Lanka (9)
Mahmudullah has scored 491 runs in World Cup and needs nine more to reach the 500 runs milestone in the World Cup.
Shakib has taken 26 wickets in World Cup and needs four more to become the 1st Bangladeshi bowler to reach the 30 wickets milestone in the World Cup
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Abu Jayed, Liton Das (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal.
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay.
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