Match Preview – Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023/24, thirty eighth Match

Massive Image: Issues to handle for each groups

Effectively, this may not be fairly the must-win situation both of those sides would have been envisioned being concerned in in the direction of the tail-end of this match, however the ICC’s affirmation that the highest seven finishers (and hosts Pakistan) will acquire qualification for the 2025 Champions Trophy has given what would have been a largely inconsequential lifeless rubber some a lot wanted function.

Either side’ troubles are properly documented. Since their opening sport win towards Afghanistan, Bangladesh have misplaced six on the trot. Solely England have a worse report, and Bangladesh have misplaced to them too. For a facet that had gained 24 of 39 ODIs for the reason that begin of 2021 – a 61% win report – this has been probably the most underwhelming of tournaments, particularly in circumstances that on the face of it appeared prefer it might need suited them.

The unsettling of a settled batting order might be pinpointed as one of many key causes for this downturn in fortunes. They are going to be hoping to regain sufficient misplaced floor to beat a Sri Lankan facet that has its personal set of points.

Sri Lanka, for his or her half, have achieved what they’ve all the time achieved – a minimum of within the latest previous – mixing in brilliance with despair, jubilation with fatalism. Whichever means you splice it, this was an undercooked Sri Lanka facet a minimum of when it comes to ODIs – one geared in the direction of a T20-style and rediscovering its ODI bearings. It was additionally one seemingly caught up in muddled pondering.

“I would like them to be aggressive to be sincere,’ acknowledged head coach Chris Silverwood previous to their defeat to India, and after an oddly timid show towards Afghanistan. “I would like them to play their sport and clearly do issues their means however have a constructive mindset.”

All sound in principle, however phrases that had been betrayed by the truth that their sole aggressive opening possibility – Kusal Perera – was dropped for each losses to Afghanistan and India, in favour of the significantly extra conservative Dimuth Karunaratne. Whether or not they follow that may nearly definitely communicate in the direction of the method they’re probably to soak up this sport.

And that is all with out entering into the crux of the off-field points, the place the fallout from their marketing campaign has seen a public backwards and forwards between the nation’s sports activities minister and Sri Lanka Cricket, whereas there have been questions posed of the affect of the teaching employees and whispers of a range committee shake-up. Hardly the perfect context to elicit fearless, aggressive cricket.

Latest type

Bangladesh – LLLLL (final 5 accomplished matches, most up-to-date first)
Sri Lanka – LLWWL

Within the highlight: Mushfiqur Rahim and Dilshan Madushanka

Mushfiqur Rahim began this match at No. 6, a place he had performed in for the earlier seven months, although not one he had occupied for the 5 years previous to that. However with simply 171 runs at a mean of 28.50 throughout this match, he’s now again at his favoured No. 4 slot. Of his 7577 ODI runs, 4372 have come at 4, whereas his common in that position of 42.03 is a major uptick from his profession common of 36.78 and the 37.35 he was producing at six. His 33 innings and 1062 runs towards Sri Lanka can also be solely second to his 47 innings and 1437 runs towards Zimbabwe. This may occasionally have been largely a World Cup to neglect for Mushfiqur however now again in a well-recognized position towards acquainted opposition, Bangladesh will probably be banking on him to assist finish their match on a excessive.

Sri Lanka’s match might need been one largely to neglect, however you do not have to pressure onerous for the silver linings. Kusal Mendis had a roaring begin and Sadeera Samarawickrama has been a center order revelation, however it’s Dilshan Madushanka that has firmly left his mark. In seven video games up to now he is picked up 18 wickets – the second greatest within the match up to now – and gone wicketless simply as soon as, taking a minimum of two in each different sport together with a maiden five-for towards India – a sport during which his affect trumped that of an assault that ransacked their opponents for simply 55. His record of victims is already a veritable record of modern-day batting greats, and he is nonetheless solely 23.

Workforce information: Kusal Perera again?

Bangladesh rejigged their batting order towards Pakistan and it is more likely to keep the identical.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Litton Das, 2 Tanzid Hasan, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8 Towhid Hridoy , 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Shoriful Islam.

Sri Lanka would possibly choose to convey Kusal Perera again into the fold after Dimuth Karunaratne did not impress in his stead. Dushan Hemantha may additionally make means for Dunith Wellalage if Sri Lanka go for extra batting power.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Perera/Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kusal Mendis (capt, wk) 4 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Angelo Mathews 7 Dushan Hemantha 8 Maheesh Theekshana, 9 Kasun Rajitha, 10 Dushmantha Chameera 11 Dilshan Madushanka

Pitch and circumstances

The highest two highest scores at Kotla have come throughout this World Cup, and Sri Lanka will probably be keenly conscious of the character of this floor having leaked 428 runs towards South Africa final month.

The general climate circumstances in Delhi although have worsened since then, with either side cancelling scheduled follow classes over the previous few days owing to poor air high quality. Any name on the match maybe not going down will solely be taken on the day of the sport.

Stats and trivia

  • Dilshan Madushanka is 5 wickets away from equalling Chaminda Vaas and Muthiah Muralidaran – 23 – for probably the most wickets by a Sri Lankan in a World Cup. He at the moment is stage with Lasith Malinga on 18.
  • Of lively gamers, Shakib Al Hasan has the fourth most runs in ODI World Cups with 1250, and probably the most of any Bangladesh participant.
  • Shakib’s 41 World Cup wickets is the second-most taken by a spinner. Muralidaran has probably the most with 68.


“Our physician has stored a detailed eye on gamers. A number of the gamers did not flip up for follow as a result of they’re asthmatic so that they stayed in indoors. And even for follow, we’re very aware. We prepare what we have now to coach, they usually return into the dressing room. They do not spend time until they’re bowling or batting.”
Chandika Hathurusinghe, Bangladesh’s head coach, on the measures they’ve taken to fight the air air pollution in Delhi

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