Fantasy Cricket: 2019 ICC World Cup – Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Preview


The ICC World Cup 2019 is moving towards the business end. Match #16 in Bristol will see Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in a vital clash. This fixture will be played on Tuesday, with rain a threat. Regardless, two points will be important for both the sides.

Bangladesh have two points from three games. A win against South Africa remains their lone success. Sri Lanka have three points from as many games. As such, the washed-out match against Pakistan remains a blessing. The battle for top-four is tight and a win would push either side up the table.

Bangladesh Preview

There is no doubt that Bangladesh are playing enterprising cricket. Their win over South Africa is a prime example. Even in the losses against England and New Zealand, they fought well.

The over-dependence on all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan remains a worry. Even Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Mortaza haven’t performed well. However, Bangladesh appear stronger on paper.

Sri Lanka Preview

The Islanders were lucky to have picked up a point against Pakistan. Sri Lanka’s batting remains their weak point, with the side getting bowled out in 13 of their last 22 innings. Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis have struggled this tournament and the effect is visible.

The absence of Nuwan Pradeep due to injury is a blow, considering his success so far. Lasith Malinga will have to shoulder more responsibility in this match. Same is the case with the experienced all-rounder Thisara Perera.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Kusal Perera has enjoyed the promotion up the order against Afghanistan, scoring 78. He should once again be among the runs.

Shakib Al Hasan is enjoying a great tournament with both bat and ball. The talisman all-rounder is a definite pick for your side.

Mushfiqur Rahim has been very consistent over the last four years for Bangladesh. Being a ‘keeper, he can bring in additional fantasy points as well.

Predicted XIs

Liton Das and Rubel Hossain could come in the place of Mohammad Mithun and Mehidy Hasan.

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal 2 Soumya Sarkar 3 Shakib Al Hasan 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (WK) 5 Liton Das 6 Mahmudullah 7 Mosaddek Hossain 8 Mohammad Saifuddin 9 Rubel Hossain 10 Mashrafe Mortaza (C) 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Jeevan Mendis could make a comeback for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: 1 Kusal Perera (WK) 2 Dimuth Karunaratne (C) 3 Lahiru Thirimanne 4 Angelo Mathews 5 Milinda Siriwardana 6 Dananjaya de Silva 7 Thisara Perera 8 Isuru Udana 9 Jeevan Mendis 10 Suranga Lakmal 11 Lasith Malinga

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