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No room for slip-ups as Sri Lanka meet familiar rivals Bangladesh

 Wanindu Hasaranga will want lead his side to a crucial win over Bangladesh.

Wanindu Hasaranga will want lead his side to a crucial win over Bangladesh. © AFP

One quick glance at Group D ahead of the World Cup would have told you how South Africa were overwhelming favourites to go through to the Super 8s. They did live up to that billing in their first match when they hammered a former champion in Sri Lanka. The island nation were bowled out for just 77 on a treacherous pitch. That total without a doubt has caused a huge dent in their net run rate.

Now, Sri Lanka cannot afford to slip again. This group has Bangladesh, Netherlands and Nepal. While Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were expected to fight it out for the second Super 8 spot from this group, Netherlands and Nepal are no pushovers. Even for a team that has a rich history of thrashing lower-ranked teams, nothing is guaranteed in this format and on the world stage as USA demonstrated yesterday.

Sri Lanka's challenge will also be against a familiar rival, who have been observing the patterns of the World Cup so far. Bangladesh are yet to play a game. This is a team that's been trying to make a mark in T20 cricket for a while now, having made giant strides in ODIs over the last decade. To begin a campaign against a batting lineup that's wounded is probably not a bad thing for Bangladesh.

Given their own batters lack confidence, they would hope to be welcomed by a challenging surface. Bangladesh are coming into this game on the back of that series loss against the United States that made headlines. But given what the USA produced against Pakistan, maybe it is time to cut Bangladesh some slack.

When:Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 12:30 AM GMT (June 8), 7:30 PM local time, 6:00 AM IST (June 8)

Where:Grand Prairie Stadium, Dallas

What to expect:There have been three games at this venue so far. All three provided varied results. There was a high-scoring game, a low-scoring one and the one last night saw both teams finish close to a par 160.

Team Watch

Sri Lanka

Even though Sri Lanka wouldn't want to make radical changes, bringing in Dhananjaya de Silva in place of Kamindu Mendis to lend some stability wouldn't be a bad idea.

Tactics & Matchups:Sri Lanka would ideally want Charith Asalanka to be batting at the death given his excellent record against Mustafizur Rahman. He strikes at 172 against the left-arm seamer and has never been dismissed by him.

Probable XI:Kusal Mendis (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga (c), Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwan Thushara

Bangladesh

There have been question marks over Litton Das' form heading into the tournament. But Bangladesh might still look to give him an extended run. Shoriful Islam's fitness remains a huge concern as he races against time to play this fixture.

Tactics & Matchups:Where can Litton Das bat, especially after the century stand between Tanzid and Soumya in the final T20I against the USA? Angelo Mathews bowled with the new ball for Sri Lanka the other day against South Africa and he has an excellent record against Litton in this format.

Probable XI:Tanzid Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das (wk), Najmul Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Rishad Hossain, Tanzim Hasan Shakib, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman

Did you know?

- Sri Lanka have lost four out of their last five matches in the T20 World Cup.

- Shakib Al Hasan is four away from becoming the second bowler to take 150 wickets in men's T20Is after New Zealand's Tim Southee, who has 157.

What they said:

"We watched a lot of matches on television and from the morning we watched the match here. So, I think it will be better than the wicket we had in New York. But we mostly get used pitches, and there will be a challenge tomorrow. We have already discussed it, and we are well prepared for it." - Sri Lanka's batting coach Thilina Kandamby on the surface

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