World Cup 2023: Sri Lanka is scheduled to reach the knockout stage of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup tournament in the 38th match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup on Monday 6 November at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. The Sri Lankan team needs a big strategy and a great win over Bangladesh will be an important opening key.
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka match important updates
Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign has been hit by injuries to key players, but the island nation can still qualify for the semi-finals with wins over Bangladesh and New Zealand next week.
They will also need a number of other results to come their way, but for now their focus is on beating fellow Asian team Bangladesh and registering their third win in the tournament.
Bangladesh’s only win in the World Cup came in the opening match against Afghanistan in Dharamsala and six consecutive defeats since that match have left Shakib Al Hasan’s side with no hope of reaching the semi-finals.
However they still have a lot to play for and will be keen to dent Sri Lanka’s chances by securing their second win after a disappointing campaign.
Bangladesh will be expected to rely on the experienced Liton Das, Mahmudullah and Shakib to score freely, while Sri Lanka will have to rely on batsmen like Pathum Nissanka, Sadira Samarawickrama and captain Kusal Mendis.
Spin is likely to be a major factor in this encounter, with Shakib leading Bangladesh’s slow bowling attack and players like Mahesh Theekshana and Dunith Velales sure to be key for Sri Lanka.
Key players to watch: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
Bangladesh – Shakib Al Hasan
This experienced Bangladesh player started the World Cup in a sensational manner by taking three wickets against Afghanistan, but since then he has not been able to perform at his best and till now he has been able to take a total of seven wickets in six matches in the tournament.
A pair of scores in the 40s have been his best efforts with the bat during that period and the experienced skipper will be keen to improve his output against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka – Kusal Mendis
Mendis was looking in great form at the beginning of the tournament and during the practice matches, he added to his excellent innings of 122 runs against Afghanistan in Hyderabad by playing an excellent inning of 122 runs against Pakistan in Hyderabad.
Since then everything has been disappointing for the stand-in Sri Lankan captain, who has managed only one score of more than 11 – he contributed 39 against Afghanistan in Pune – as the Asian team was almost out of the race for the semi-finals Was.
If Sri Lanka is to remain in the race for the semi-finals, Mendis will have to regain his best form and quickly.
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Squads
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Kumer Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto (vc), Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.
Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis (c), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Angelo Mathews, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne.
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