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Next stop Sri Lanka

  • Published at 07:49 pm June 9th, 2019
Bangladesh cricketers react during their World Cup match against England in Cardiff Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Cardiff

Bangladesh team reached Bristol from Cardiff Sunday afternoon, and had no scheduled practice session

Bangladesh’s next match at the 2019 World Cup will be against Sri Lanka, which will be played at Bristol County Ground Tuesday.

The Tigers started their World Cup campaign in impressive fashion as they beat South Africa in their opening game at the Oval last week.

Bangladesh came to the World Cup with the best possible preparation as they won the tri-nation ODI series in Ireland and confidence gained from that triumph reflected on the first two matches of the mega ICC event.

They fought hard in their next game against New Zealand and the match went very close but in the end, the Kiwis batsmen held their nerve to clinch a thriller.

Bangladesh were then crushed in the third match by host England.

England beat the Tigers comprehensively by a huge margin of 106 runs after posting 386 in the first innings.

The first three games were considered as difficult fixtures for the Tigers as South Africa, New Zealand and host England are always tough contenders in these conditions.

Winning the second game against New Zealand could have given an edge to Bangladesh as far as advancing to the semi-final is concerned, but winning one out of three against these opponents is actually not a bad result at all.

Bowling and fielding were below-par against England in the last match, but the Tigers are determined to bounce back in their next match, against the Lankans.

Sri Lanka are at ninth position in the latest ICC ODI ranking while Bangladesh are sitting at seventh. 

The Tigers have won quite a few matches against the Island nations in the recent years. 

The fixtures seem to be less tough compared to host England.

But the Bangladesh camp is aware that Sri Lanka can prove to be a competitive opponent, and expecting a tough battle in the next match.

“We have to win five or six games if we want to qualify for the semi-final. Every opponent are tough, and everyone are trying their best. Sri Lanka are a competitive side and have match-winners and good players. So we have to play our best cricket to beat them. We have played some good matches against them in the recent years. There is some confidence after beating them recently. But those won’t matter in the next game, especially in this tournament. We have to perform well to beat them,” said all-rounder Shakib al Hasan after the match against England Saturday.

Sri Lanka have played three matches in the tournament so far where they lost to New Zealand in the first game, defeated Afghanistan in the second while their third match against Pakistan was washed out.  

Bangladesh team reached Bristol from Cardiff Sunday afternoon, and had no scheduled practice session.

The match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will start at 10:30am local time, and 3:30pm Bangladesh time.