Bangladesh takes on Sri Lanka in Match 16 of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in London. The two sides will meet on June 11, 2019, at the Country Ground in Bristol.
Bangladesh upset South Africa by 21 runs to open their 2019 World Cup tournament. They lost by a mere two wickets to New Zealand in their second encounter of the competition. Bangladesh is booked to face host and top cricket betting favorite England on June 8, 2019, before this matchup
On the other hand, Sri Lanka lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets in their World Cup opener but bounced back to trounce Afghanistan by 34 runs via the D/L method. The Sri Lankans have a June 7 date against Pakistan before this contest.
Bangladesh came to this World Cup with plenty of confidence after a successful tri-series tournament in Ireland where they went unbeaten. That confidence translated to their opening match win over South Africa. Bangladesh were-semi finalists in the Champions Trophy two years ago and were quarter-finalists in the 2015 Cricket World Cup so this is a team that has been improving the last couple of years.
Here is the Bangladesh team to the 2019 ICC World Cup:
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Abu Jayed, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Soumya Sarkar.
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After Sri Lanka made the Cricket World Cup final in 2007 and 2011, we saw a sharp decline in their performance. They headed to London having won just two out of their last 16 ODIs and their World Cup record in England wasn’t encouraging- just four wins in sixteen matches. Sri Lanka lost their tournament opener to New Zealand but they bounced back and got on the board with a win over Afghanistan.
These are the members of Sri Lanka’s World Cup team:
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay.
This improving Bangladesh team captained by Mashrafe Mortaza came to the 2019 ICC World Cup as an under the radar team that has failed to live up to the hype of their resurgence. But in their opening match here at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh undermined their potential with a strong 21-run victory over South Africa in a match where they delivered their highest ODI score ever at 330-6. Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan scored 78 and 75, respectively as the duo put on 142 for the third wicket. With a daunting total to catch, South Africa was never in a position to win as Bangladesh’s spinners remained economical while their pacers played disciplined.
In their second match of the tournament, Bangladesh lost by two wickets to New Zealand. 248-8 to 244. But the game did not go without drama and plenty of fight from Bangladesh. The Tigers’ ability to put pressure on the field and throw off better and more experienced teams off their game pushed New Zealand to the edge. And although the final scorecards said that the Black Caps has three wickets to spare, that did not tell the entire story of a thrilling match where Bangladesh showed plenty to be proud of.
Sri Lanka opened their World Cup campaign with a 10 wicket loss to New Zealand. In that match, their batsmen disappointed the team as they managed to bat only 29.2 over and score 136 runs. Only their captain, Dimuth Karunaratne was able to score more than 30 runs and that was the main reason why they lost the match. Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis both made ducks for the Sri Lankans and that put their confidence down. Likewise, Sri Lanka’s bowling wasn’t effective as they allowed the Kiwis to chase their total in only 16.1 over.
In their second game, Sri Lanka won their match against Afghanistan. But while it was good that they broke into the winning column, there wasn’t much to be happy about the victory. Kusal Perera batted well but the other batsmen played poorly as the team failed to reach the 200 mark. Once again, Mathews and Mendis played terribly and neither scored a run. However, Sri Lanka’s bowlers showed up this time around with paceman Lasith Malinga taking 3 wickets for 39 runs. Sri Lanka’s top bowler was Nuwan Pradeep who took four wickets at a 3.4 economy rate.
Bristol Ground is a high-scoring venue because of its small ground and flat pitch so expect a high-scoring contest here. As to a winner, Bangladesh carries good form even if they lost their second match of the tournament. They still have a game against England on June 8th. Sri Lanka is also 1-1 with a June 7th match against Pakistan on hand before this showdown. But Sri Lanka’s batsmen have struggled in their first two matches and their bowlers are more inconsistent. On the other hand, Bangladesh is still feeling very confident after taking the Kiwis to their limit. Prediction: Bangladesh