Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
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Match abandoned due to rain

Match preview

Difficulty time has begun for Bangladesh earlier than they would have wished, and it has as extremely to do with their opponent in today’s ICC World Cup clash as it does with the climate in Bristol. Bangladesh would definitely have pointed out a victory over lower-ranked Sri Lanka on their roadmap to a possible ICC World Cup semifinal spot, however, the rainy weather prediction may indicate that the match is washed out, in which circumstance the shared points would cost Bangladesh further.

Creating objects bleaker for Bangladesh, there is an injury alarm circling their top player Shakib Al Hasan as a scan executed on his left quad hinted a Category 1 stress. Shakib sustained the damage while marking 121 in their 106-run loss to England on Saturday.

Still in the matter of a curtailed-overs match, which appears to be the greatest instance scenario as rain is forecast during the day, Bangladesh would be at a drawback as they are not still very capable at playing shortened matches of cricket, which require a higher frenzied way of action and set the onus on huge hits.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, should be comfortable with a shortened match as they have the counterparts of Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews to overcome the issue.

An abandoned match would be the poorest-case situation for Bangladesh as it would move them requiring to win at least 4 out of their last 5 games versus West Indies, Australia, India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. 

“If there is no play, then the equalization will become tough for us. It is extremely vital that it occurs,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza told at the pre-match press conference. “Maybe if we won one of the last 2 games [against New Zealand and England], it would not have been this significant.”

The last two losses have discouraged Bangladesh a bit and with the weather warning, as well as the probability of being without their trump card, they will have to be in their much, most focused manner to master today’s hurdle.

To that end, maybe with a curtailed-overs match in mind, the players — particularly middle-order batsmen alike Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, and Mohammad Saifuddin — were preparing hitting sixes aloft the short, straight boundaries.

The two losses have additionally caused a lot of discussions and recommendations of adjustments to a playing 11 that has so far been stable in the first 3 games. Changes are in the offing today, however as Mashrafe stated, there may not be many in line to avoid the chance of destabilizing the side. With the pitches waiting undercover for most of the last 3 days, it does open up the opportunity of pacer Rubel Hossain arriving in. He could replace either number 7 batsman Mosaddek Hossain or off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz. It may be Mehedi delivering way as the straight boundaries at Bristol are short, so securing lives of spinners challenging. But, if Shakib — further Bangladesh’s frontline spinner — is unavailable, then Mehedi will suitable to play as the sole spinner.

Apart from repairing with the active eleven, Bangladesh would be hoping that the weather enables them to showcase as much of their supremacy over Sri Lanka as feasible.