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Match Preview – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup 2023, eighth Match, Tremendous 4

Huge image – Sri Lanka in sight of thirteenth successive win

Sri Lanka are one win away from ODI eminence. In the event that they beat Bangladesh of their Asia Cup Tremendous 4 sport on Saturday, they’ll develop into the crew with the second-longest profitable streak within the format. Solely the Australians of 2003 achieved an extended streak (21), whereas Sri Lanka are presently tied with Pakistan (12 wins in 2007-08) and South Africa (12 wins in 2005, and once more in 2016-17).
As is certain to be the case in such conditions, Sri Lanka have discovered the battle in difficult conditions. And, regardless of all of the discuss Afghanistan’s valiant battle of their group-stage sport, Sri Lanka have been extra conscious of the sport scenario, and the taking part in circumstances, and that proved to be clincher.
That consciousness is one thing that generally goes AWOL with Bangladesh. They have been outplayed by Sri Lanka following a lacklustre effort early on within the event. They bounced again to beat Afghanistan so impressively that they did not have to fret about internet run fee for qualification to the Tremendous 4 stage. However then Pakistan completely outplayed them on Wednesday.
Shakib Al Hasan referred to as the batting “cold and warm”, which is a trigger for concern. As is the ignorance. Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim rebuilt Bangladesh’s batting from 47 for 4, however bought out to poor photographs. What must also fear Bangladesh is the velocity with which their decrease order collapsed, not for the primary time.
Sri Lanka do not have these worries in the mean time. Dimuth Karunaratne is having his greatest ODI 12 months with 514 runs at a mean of 51.40, however what has actually helped the crew is his sturdy opening mixture with Pathum Nissanka. They’ve totalled 812 runs collectively since June, in 11 innings.

Bangladesh want a scorching day right here; they’ve had one, however have additionally had two chilly days. And being the crew to cease Sri Lanka’s run shall be an enormous increase.

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Within the highlight – Dasun Shanaka and Mushfiqur Rahim

Dasun Shanaka goes by means of an odd 2023. Whereas main Sri Lanka to 12 wins in a row, he has averaged 7.71 in eight innings. Granted he bats down the order, however within the six months earlier than the profitable run began, Shanaka’s 169 runs at 33.80 was really Sri Lanka’s second-best in that interval behind Pathum Nissanka.

Mushfiqur Rahim‘s sturdy type in 2023 is a bounce again after an under-par common of 23 final 12 months. He apparently nearly misplaced his place within the crew however a transfer to No. 6 has helped, as he has taken on the finisher’s position. Mushfiqur has averaged 57.25 in scoring 458 runs in his final ten innings, together with Bangladesh’s quickest ODI century.

Bangladesh could not change their personnel, however are prone to shuffle their batting line-up, beginning with Litton Das shifting to open with Mohammad Naim. Mehidy Hasan Miraz may very well be despatched to No. 8 to offer the opposite specialist batters extra time and accountability.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Mohammad Naim, 2 Litton Das, 3 Afif Hossain, 4 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 5 Towhid Hridoy, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Shamim Hossain, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Shoriful Islam, 11 Hasan Mahmud

Sri Lanka shall be anticipated to proceed with the identical XI that beat Afghanistan of their final group sport. They’ve Kusal Perera, Dushan Hemantha, Binura Fernando and Pramod Madushan on the bench.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kusal Mendis (wk), 4 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 8 Dunith Wellalage, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Matheesha Pathirana

The R Premadasa Stadium often has slower and decrease pitches than Pallekele. However within the final 5 years, the 267 at Premadasa is the next common first-innings rating in day-night ODIs than Pallekele’s 255. The forecast, worryingly, suggests that there’s greater than a 68% probability of rain by means of the day (on the time of penning this).



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