In match number 38 of the ICC World Cup, the recent rivals from the Asian sub-continent, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will come face to face at Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi on Monday. Both teams carry very less chances to qualify for the semi-finals but they would like to try their level best to score a win and gain an advantage.
Sri Lanka witnessed an embarrassing loss against team India and now they are at 7th spot in the point table with two wins and a net run rate of -1.162.
In the last 2 matches, Sri Lanka has picked up their first wicket in the first over.
The betting tip is...
Sri Lanka to pick wicket in first over
In a low-scoring fixture against Pakistan, Bangladesh came out to be a weaker group. The decision to bat first by skipper Shakib Al Hassan turned out to be a big mistake. Tanzid Hasan (0 off 5), Najmul Hasan Shanto (4 off 3), and Mushfiqur Rahim (5 off 8) went back to the pavilion with low scores.
It was Litton Das (45 off 64), Mahmudullah (56 off 70), and Shakib Al Hasan (43 off 64) who scored runs for the team and helped the squad to reach a score of 204.
On the bowling front, only Mehidy Hasan was successful as he picked up 3 wickets in 9 overs at an economy of 6.67. The pace attack of Bangladesh completely failed to control the game and get timely breakthroughs.
One of the biggest problems with Bangladesh is that there is a fixed batting lineup. The middle order always witnesses a change in the lineup and that disturbs the balance of the team.
Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, and Litton Das will be the key players for the team.
Predicted Lineup: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Das, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam
When Sri Lanka witnessed a devastating loss in the Asia Cup final, they were not expecting that their neighbours India would repeat their performance in the World Cup. However, it was a complete embarrassment from the batting side and hence another loss for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka decided to bowl first and Dilshan Madushanka got an early achievement by picking up skipper Rohit Sharma’s wicket. However, things went off the track after that and Lankan bowlers failed to break the partnerships. Dilshan picked up a 5-wicket haul at an economy of 8 and Dushmantha Chameera picked up a single wicket.
On the batting front, Sri Lanka’s batting side was decimated like a house of cards. Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, and Sadeera Samarawickrama were all gone for a duck. The top order’s failure gave the unwanted pressure to the middle order and that created chaos in the team.
Against Bangladesh, Sri Lankan batters will have to step up their game forget their previous defeat, and start things all over again.
Dilshan Madushanka is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing tournament and he will be the key player for the team.
Predicted Lineup: Maheesh Theekshana, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera, Angelo Mathews
Both teams are coming to play the fixture after a devastating loss. However, Sri Lanka has an advantage as their bowling unit is working out in favour of the team.
Bangladesh’s batting lineup has been inconsistent and the bowling unit has not been very effective. We predict a win for Sri Lanka on Monday.