Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 11, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
Bristol County Ground
Bangladesh 1.67 / Sri Lanka 2.25
Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka in Bristol on Tuesday in round four of the World Cup group stage. Sri Lanka have three points with one win and a draw under their belt, whilst Bangladesh sit on two points with a win and two losses from their three matches.
Despite Sri Lanka being ahead of Bangladesh in the table, it is Bangladesh that have played the better cricket so far in the tournament. They beat South Africa in their opening match before narrowly losing by two wickets to New Zealand. They then put in a valiant display against England but couldn’t outscore the tournament favorites.
Sri Lanka began their campaign with a heavy loss to New Zealand where they failed to take a single wicket. They then beat Afghanistan by 34 runs before their match against Pakistan was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain. Sri Lanka have the weather to thank for the point they picked up against Pakistan. If the match had gone ahead, they may well have lost and come away with nothing.
Sri Lanka look a shadow of their former selves and will have to improve if they are to stand any chance of making the top four. They have only managed to score a total of 337 runs from their two innings and must do better with the bat against this high scoring Bangladesh side.
Bangladesh’s batsmen have been in excellent form so far and Shakib Al Hasan is one of the tournament’s leading run scorers with 260 runs from his three innings. The number one ranked ODI all-rounder hit 75 against South Africa and 64 against New Zealand before a brilliant 121 against England. Mushfiqur Rahim has also been outstanding with 141 World Cup runs to his name already.
If Sri Lanka are to stand any chance against Bangladesh, they will need their bowlers to bring their A game. Nuwan Pradeep was excellent against Afghanistan, claiming figures of 4/31. Veteran paceman Lasith Malinga also shone in that match, taking three wickets for 39 runs from just 6.4 overs. Bangladesh are much stronger in the batting department so Sri Lanka’s bowlers must continue to impress.
The Tigers have been on the rise in ODI cricket for a number of years now and they have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with at this year’s tournament. They have batted very well in all three of their matches so far and their performances against New Zealand and England would have certainly been enough to beat some of the lower ranked teams in the World Cup.
Bangladesh will see this match against Sri Lanka as a prime opportunity to pick up two points and continue their hunt for a top four spot. Their displays so far suggest that they will be too strong for The Lions in Bristol. I’m predicting an easy win for Bangladesh which would see them leapfrog Sri Lanka in the table.