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Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh Live

Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in the fifth fixture of the 2016 Asia Cup at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on Sunday, 28 February.

Where to Watch Live

The match starts at 1:30pm GMT. There is no live coverage in the UK. In India, the match is on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 3.

Overview

Sri Lanka started the tournament on a positive note after registering a 14-run victory in the first match of the 2016 Asia Cup against the United Arab Emirates. The fixture saw Lasith Malinga return from injury to lead his side.

The Lankans were restricted to 129 and in reply, the UAE failed to chase the target after losing the first four wickets cheaply. Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara did the damage as they picked up four and three wickets respectively.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, bounced back from the defeat against India with a victory over the UAE. The hosts scored 133 in 20 overs, thanks to Mohammad Mithun’s 47 and Mahmudullah’s unbeaten 36 down the order.

It was a collective effort from Bangladesh as everyone contributed. The UAE were bowled out for 82 as the hosts registered a 51-run victory.

Prediction

Bangladesh to win

Betting Odds (bet365)

  • Bangladesh to win: 13/10
  • Sri Lanka to win: 8/13

Teams news

Bangladesh are unlikely to make many changes because they are looking for stability in their batting line-up. Their bowling attack is also doing well, and may also stay unchanged.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Soumya Sarkar, 2 Mohammad Mithun, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk), 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Al-Amin Hossain, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Taskin Ahmed

Similarly, Sri Lanka are likely to trial their new-look top order again, and will probably back their experienced bowlers once more. However, there is some doubt over Lasith Malinga’s knee which continues to trouble him despite the long break from international cricket. Sri Lanka will make a call on his availability on match day.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Dinesh Chandimal, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Milinda Siriwardana, 4 Dasun Shanaka, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Chamara Kapugedara, 7 Shehan Jayasuriya, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Rangana Herath, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Lasith Malinga/ Thisara Perera

Pitch and conditions

Mirpur has seen low-scoring games so far in the main draw. The weather is expected to be good for this match.

Stats and trivia

  •  Bangladesh have not beaten Sri Lanka in four T20s so far.
  • Lasith Malinga’s economy rate of 6.43 against Bangladesh is his best against any Full Member side.
  • Shakib Al Hasan needs 87 runs to become the first Bangladesh batsman to score 1000 in T20 internationals.

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