“T20 is a very small game, everyone knows what we can do on our own day,” said Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka before today’s match against Bangladesh in the main draw of the T20 World Cup.
However, Bangladesh thinks that Sunday’s match in Sharjah will be a lot like Dhaka’s Mirpur and Bangladesh has done well against Sri Lanka in recent face-to-face matches at Dhaka’s E-ground.
Although Sri Lanka has lagged behind Bangladesh in the last five encounters in terms of statistics, Dasun Shanaka thinks they are ahead of Shakib-Mahmudullah’s team in the current situation.
He said that Bangladesh has returned to form after winning the qualifiers with Oman and Papua New Guinea but overall Sri Lanka is ahead, the chances of Sri Lanka winning are high. He said this at the pre-match press conference.
According to Shanakar, cricket is a very short-lived game and no predictions can be made here.
Sri Lanka recently lost to Bangladesh in a warm-up match, which will definitely give the team extra confidence. In the warm-up match, Bangladesh quickly lost six wickets to Sri Lanka but could not win in the end.
The same situation has been seen in the three competitive matches that Bangladesh has played in this tournament.
Especially with Scotland, the bowlers of Bangladesh dropped 6 wickets for 53 runs, then they could not hold on anymore. Lower order of Scotland’s batting line-up by adding 6 more runs. In the end, Bangladesh lost the match by 6 runs. Bangladesh cricket fans reacted angrily after losing the match.
After winning the next two matches, Bangladesh secured a place in the main draw, but after winning against Oman and Papua New Guinea, there were no further attacks.
What has been seen in this cricket team of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s response stage: –
Sri Lankan cricket as a whole has been in a negative position for the last couple of years due to lack of funds, declining quality of play and various political disputes on the board.
The ICC has also announced penalties against Sri Lankan cricket bigwigs for allegedly match-fixing at various stages, the International Cricket Council’s investigation and non-cooperation in the investigation there.
Dasun Shanaka and his team want to change the whole thing. They think that only if the game on the field is good will they be respected in world cricket and that is why positive attitude and aggressive cricket are needed.
That is what Dasun Shanaka thinks they are playing.
Before the start of the World Cup, Netherlands captain Peter Seeler questioned the quality of Sri Lankan cricket, saying, “Sri Lanka cannot be the best of the four teams right now. They have to make it through the difficult times.”
In the group of Netherlands, Ireland and Namibia, Sri Lanka won all three matches by a huge margin, knocking out the Netherlands by 44 runs, Namibia by 94 runs and Ireland by 101 runs against Sri Lanka.
In other words, their opponents could not score even 100 runs in two of the three matches of the qualifying match against Sri Lanka. 50 in one and could not touch.
Mustafiz, Shakib, Mahmudullah Dasun Shanaka spoke about Riyadh separately.
He thinks that these cricketers are enough to change the fate of the match but he has full confidence in the cricketers of his team.
Where is the power of the car: –
The biggest weapon of this Sri Lankan team is Vanindu Hasaranga. Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore have been called up to the Indian Premier League in just 28 matches.
He has taken 42 wickets in 26 matches, although he is not yet very successful in international cricket with the bat, but he has always proved that he has big shots in his hands.
Shakib Al Hasan will be the center of batting and bowling in the Bangladesh team – he is at the top of the list of runs and wickets in the qualifying round.
Shakib, one of the best cricketers in the history of the T20 World Cup, is at the top of the list of wicket-takers with 39 wickets along with Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi.
Shakib is also the highest wicket taker in the International Twenty20.
Mushfiqur Rahim could be a big name for Bangladesh out of the three cricketers mentioned by the Sri Lankan captain. Although he is having a bad time with the bat, his innate ability to play spin can be a source of reliance against a spin-dependent team like Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan cricketers will be keeping a close eye on Mustafizur Rahman, who has been in the UAE for the last one month for IPL team Rajasthan Royals. In this field.
Heated fight: –
And before playing against Bangladesh, the Sri Lankan team will be there, since 2016, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have been hostile to cricket.
In a match of Nidahas Trophy in 2016, Bangladesh cricketers refused to accept the decision of the umpire on the field.
At the end of the match, Bangladesh cricketers celebrated in front of the Sri Lankan cricket team with the famous ‘Nagin Dance’.
Then in 2020, Sri Lanka invited the Bangladesh cricket team to play a Test under certain conditions, with Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan Papon saying at the time that the Test championship Bangladesh will not be able to play according to the conditions given by Sri Lanka in their country for the match.
According to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the conditions were ‘unrealistic and difficult’.
In the end, Bangladesh did not visit Sri Lanka.
However, coach Russell Domingo thinks that the Bangladesh cricket team is in a positive position now.
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo is optimistic about the type of wickets he has played in the World Cup so far, saying he can find many similarities with Mirpur.
Who knows if the much-criticized Mirpur experience is useful for Bangladesh on the stage of this World Cup.