In the 18th match of ICC world cup 2015 Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are set to face each other on 26 February at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The match is scheduled to begin at 14:30 local time and 3:30 GMT. This is going to be interesting battle of pool A as both teams will be looking to get their chances bright to enter in the quarterfinals.
Sri Lanka won previous match against Afghanistan but lost opener against hosts New Zealand. Hence they have got two points in ICC world cup 2015 points table and currently are at the fourth place in pool A. On the other hand Bangladesh has played the same number of match that Sri Lanka played but Bangladesh didn’t loss anyone. They won first match against Afghanistan and their second match against Australia was washed out hence they have got three points in the points table.
2011 world cup finalists Sri Lankan team will be looking to get back on track in the match tomorrow against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka has not performed well yet in the tournament so far and team has been failing to deliver best. Though SL beat Afghanistan in previous game but it wasn’t a convincing win. The good news for Sri Lanka is Mahela Jayawardene played a match winning knock in tough situation.
Ahead of match, Sri Lanka got setback as Jeevan Mendis has been ruled out from cricket world cup and at his place in tomorrow’s playing Xi it is expected that Dushmantha Chameera will be playing against Bangladesh. Sri Lankan side needs good innings from Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan at the top of order. Lasith Malinga has to get his form as early as possible in prospects of Sri Lanka world cup chances.
Bangladesh team will be eager to beat Sri Lanka in tomorrow’s game as they beat Afghanistan comprehensively where SL was not so much comfortable against Afghani team. Bangladeshi side got advantage in terms of quarterfinals race as their previous match was abandoned against Australia due to rain and both teams shared one-one point each.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal needs to bat well against Sri Lanka in tomorrow’s match. Shakib and Rahim were awesome in previous match and played good cricket to pull out team from worst situation. Let’s have a look at the possible playing XIs for both sides.
Expected playing 11s
|Angelo Mathews (Captain)||Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain)|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan||Soumya Sarkar|
|Lahiru Thirimanne||Tamim Iqbal|
|Kumar Sangakkara||Anamul Haque|
|Dimuth Karunaratne||Shakib Al Hasan|
|Rangana Herath||Mushfiqur Rahim|
|Dushmantha Chameera||Sabbir Rahman|
|Thisara Perera||Taskin Ahmed|
|Suranga Lakmal||Mominul Haque|
|Lasith Malinga||Rubel Hossain|
Bangladesh have played good cricket than Sri Lanka in world cup but still Sri Lanka are favourites to win the match. SL has got slightly edge over Bangladesh on papers but Bangladesh are little bit ahead on ground. So we can expect a good game between these two sides. As per our (Sports Mirchi) prediction Sri Lanka has 60 percent chances to win 18th game of world cup 2015.