Bangladesh will start as favourites for the first time in this World Cup when they take on Sri Lanka at The County Ground in Bristol. The team was a first-time quarterfinalist four years ago, is aiming to reach the semifinals for the first time. However, after an impressive opening win over South Africa, Bangladesh fell short against New Zealand by two wickets and was hammered by England by 106 runs. With a 1-2 record, Bangladesh needs to get back on track quickly.
Sri Lanka will also be hoping that their batsmen start firing, as their campaign in the World Cup seems to be at risk. They were bowled out by New Zealand for a paltry 136 runs and their batsmen struggled against Afghanistan after a solid start with experienced middle-order batsmen like Kusal Mendis and all-rounder Angelo Mathews short of runs.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh build up:
Both teams will get a point each
It's not good news for either team which could have used two points from a victory. For now Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have to settle for a point each.
This is the second match in a row that Sri Lanka has had washed away.
Match called off
it's official. The match has been called off due to rain. Now to see how much this weather affects future matches.
No match seems likely
Rain continues to play spoilsport. It doesn't seem likely that the match will be played today.
This will now be Sri Lanka's second game disrupted by the weather.
Rain delays toss
Reports say that the toss has been delayed due to a steady drizzle at the ground. It's not looking good.
Among those who are really upset with the weather is former England captain Michael Vaughan
Ok Weather ... Piss Off ... !!— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 11, 2019
Lasith Malinga will leave for home after the game
The Sri Lankan cricket board has announced that fast bowler Lasith Malinga will leave for home after the match against Bangladesh due to a death in his family. He is expected to return by the next game.
Mohammed Kaif has his book out
Former Indian player and current commentator Mohammed Kaif may be offering a hint on what's expected today. He's already digging into a book and he might just get to finish it if there's no game today
What Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said before the clash
Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was very clear on the team's objective ahead of the match
“We expect to win,” Mashrafe said on Monday, a day before the match.
“Even the New Zealand match, even the England match. Even Sri Lanka. Pressure will be there in every match. We have to cope with that, make sure we deliver. A few things will go against us, but at the end of the day we have to make sure we’re on the winning side. From the first ball, that’s our target,” he said. (Read more)
Rain could wash away today's game
After yesterday's game between South Africa and West Indies was washed out, there's a good chance it could happen today as well.
The forecast says a lot of rain is expected between today and Friday, which means it might just be another washed out game or possibly a truncated match.
Sri Lanka will be playing without fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep
Sri Lanka will be without the services of fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep who is out due to a dislocated finger.
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Bangladesh start as favourites in a game they need to win if they are to reach the semifinals of the World Cup for the first time. With one win and two losses in the World Cup so far, Bangladesh needs to get back on track quickly.
Sri Lanka also need a victory to keep their campaign in the World Cup alive after they crashed to a defeat in their first match and managed to win by the skin of their teeth in the second game.
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