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Dhaka Tribune

Tigers look to end drought

Update : 05 Mar 2014, 04:21 PM

The result of today’s Asia Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will have no effect on any team, but both sides will have different points to prove to themselves. Bangladesh will take the field today on the back of five defeats while their opponents will eye their sixth straight win.

Sri Lanka have already won all their matches to book a place in the final, but still they are unlikely to take the match lightly as they wouldn’t want to break their winning momentum. On the other hand, Bangladesh’s poor time started with the home series against Sri Lanka a month and half ago and they will be looking to end the drought at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today and go in to the World Twenty20 with some positives.

Bangladesh are going through a very difficult period and even their highest one-day international score of 326 was not enough to secure them a win against Pakistan a couple of days ago. The batting in the last match was exceptional and more so after the openers put on a big partnership to set the tone of the innings.

However, it is the bowling and fielding that needs to improve quickly. The Tigers had five changes in their last match, which clearly indicated how desperate things were inside the dressing room, but Mushfiqur Rahim probably made a bad judgment in leaving out left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny.

Bangladesh lost a few close matches in the three-match ODI series and the two-match T20 series against Sri Lanka, and the home side should look to bury the disappointments and come out fresh today. Anamul Haque, who scored his second ODI hundred in the previous match, however said, “The winning habit is a big thing and we lack in that experience. That’s why I think we are losing close matches,” adding that they will give their best as always and try to perform with the bat like in the previous match.

Meanwhile, though Sri Lanka are a confirmed team in the final, their opener LahiruThirimanne informed they want to carry their momentum and will not take the Tigers lightly. Apart from Kumar Sangakkara, highest scorer of the Asia Cup so far with 246 runs, and Angelo Mathews the others are yet to give a big innings and it is a great opportunity for the veteran Mahela Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal to return amongst the run scorers. Mathews might rest Lasith Malinga for the final and give Dhamika Prasad a go.

“We actually want the momentum to be carried on. We want to win all matches. Tomorrow (today) we have Bangladesh, not taking them lightly,” said Thirimanne.

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