Date & Time: Tuesday, June 11, 15:00 IST
Venue: County Ground, Bristol, England
Rain hovers over Bristol, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka seek to score 2 points.
After an impressive start to the World Cup against South Africa, Bangladesh has lost two games in a row and find themselves in the bottom half of the table. Their bowling has been the reason for their downfall. They may have taken the game deep against New Zealand but the lack of wickets at the start has been a concern. On the other side, Sri Lanka may find themselves above Bangladesh in the points table but their performance in the tournament has been a nightmare for the supporters to watch. Now at this point in time, both teams need a win to stay alive in the tournament as they don’t get any easier opposition in the upcoming matches.
The big news coming out of the Bangladesh camp is that Shakib got injured against England and that there are 50-50 chances of him playing today. If he is fit, Bangladesh is likely to stick with the combination of the last match. Sri Lanka is in for a few changes as Pradeep injured himself while training on Sunday. So that brings Jeevan Mendis back into the Playing XI. They may also consider bringing Avishlka Fernando in place of Lahiru Thrimanne.
The surface at Bristol has produced run fests in the last 4 matches played here. But it might change altogether if conditions turn to overcast and it is the case on Tuesday as the forecast is for rain for the most part of the match.
Shakib Al Hasan
The World’s best all-rounder of the format has lived up to his reputation so far in the tournament. He has scored 260 runs in the tournament which includes two half-centuries and a hundred in the last game. He was also decent enough with the ball in the recent five outings in this format. So that makes him the most sought out player in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team of today’s match.
He alongside Shakib have taken the responsibility of batting in Tamim’s low key tournament. He once again will be crucial for Bangladesh on Tuesday if the openers depart early. He has scored 267 runs in the last 5 matches and he also has a good record against Sri Lankan bowlers in the recent past. He has got out to Thisera Perera twice against whom he scored most runs in the last five encounters. So it is a mini-battle within the battle to watch out for.
He is the lone consistent batsman for Sri Lanka in the last 5 matches in the format where he scored 262 runs. On Tuesday he has to continue the good work at the top, in order to not expose the struggling middle order to the new ball if the conditions lived up to the expected forecast. His ability to fight it out irrespective of conditions on offer makes him a worthy pick for Dream11 fantasy cricket players.
Bangladesh’s top run-getter is yet to make his mark in the tournament. He has been mediocre with his performances in the recent 5 matches in the format. But when he gets going he can be a consistent player that Bangladesh can banks on any given day. This game against Sri Lanka might be the game for him to come back to form as he has a good record against these bowlers in the last 5 encounters.
Alongside Kaunaratnee Perara is the other batsman who has shown some sort of fight in the tournament for the Islanders. His aggressive approach early in the innings had put Afghanistan out of their plans before the rain break. This is kind of approach might also work against Bangladesh, who have struggled to pick wickets in the powerplay in recent times.