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Tigers eye turnaround against Sri Lanka despite damp weather

  • Published at 10:42 pm June 10th, 2019
Bangladesh's Rubel Hossain throws the ball during training in Bristol Monday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Bristol

The sun was shining at the Bristol ground when the Bangladesh team practiced in the morning session but later on from noon, it was raining relentlessly. Sri Lanka team could not finish their practice in the afternoon session

Bangladesh are eying a turnaround after two successive defeats as they face Sri Lanka in their next match in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bristol County Ground at Bristol on Tuesday.

Bangladesh currently have two points and have won one in their three matches while Sri Lanka have three points with one win and a tie as their last match was washed out against Pakistan at Bristol.

The weather is a big concern for today’s game. According to the weather forecast, there will be rain throughout the day on Tuesday.

The sun was shining at the Bristol ground when the Bangladesh team practiced in the morning session but later on from noon, it was raining relentlessly. Sri Lanka team could not finish their practice in the afternoon session.   

The tie is important for Bangladesh as they have to win in order to keep their semifinal hopes alive. A loss or any loss of points from today’s game due to weather will make the equation much more difficult for the Tigers in the ongoing World Cup.

“I hope we will play a full match tomorrow. The mood in the camp is fine. Yes, we are disappointed for losing two matches after a brilliant start. Particularly, we should have won the match against New Zealand. But the tournament is a long one. Before the end, you never really know what is going to happen. We still have plenty of matches in our hands and thus, have hope,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Moratza during the pre-match press conference at Bristol on Monday.

Bangladesh might go with an extra pacer, Rubel Hossain, in their playing eleven considering the overcast conditions. But the captain hinted that the decision will be taken late and right before the match.

“I can’t decide solely on the change in the playing eleven – the team management is also a part of it. We will change the playing eleven if it is required tomorrow. But obviously, it’s a matter of discussion and will depend on the pitch and weather tomorrow,” Mashrafe added.  

The Sri Lanka camp is cautious about Bangladesh after their performance against South Africa and New Zealand. Although Bangladesh have won quite a few matches against the Lankans in the recent past, they are expecting a tough fight tomorrow. 

“They are a very good side, there's no doubt about it.  They are a strong opposition, and an opposition that probably has the right to be confident because of the way they have played so far. Bangladesh have had a couple of decent results against Sri Lanka recently, but you know, this is a World Cup. The situation is very different. I think already, you've seen that maybe World Cup cricket isn't the same as bilateral one-day tournaments. No doubt there will be a big challenge ahead of us, but we also do have a lot of confidence in the players,” said Sri Lanka batting coach John Lewis during the pre-match press conference.

Sri Lanka received some bad news as their in-form pacer Nuwan Pradeep is out for ten days after dislocating his finger during training.

The match will start on 10:30am local time and 3:30pm Bangladesh time.

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