Published On: Thu, Jan 25th, 2018

Sri Lanka seek lifeline against rampaging Bangladesh

Sri Lanka will be looking to turn things around for a win against Bangladesh, which will ensure their road to the final, as they take on the hosts in the final group stage match of the Tri Nation series to be played at Dhaka today.

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said on Wednesday that the initial losses in the tri-nation tournament in Bangladesh spurred the team on to complete a turnaround and make the final.

Sri Lanka lost their opening two games respectively against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and needed to win both their remaining games as well as have other results go their way if they were to make it to the next stage.

They managed to beat Zimbabwe in their third game, while Bangladesh handed them a further lifeline by beating the African country again. Now, Sri Lanka are left with their fate in their own hands. A win would see them through to the final against the hosts, Bangladesh.

“In this kind of tournament, if you lose the first two games, it’s always tough. But sometimes, it gives you more confidence and morale to come back strong,” Chandimal told reporters at Dhaka on Wednesday.

“As a team, we’re looking at it that way. We will have something up our sleeves as a team, and we’re hoping to get a good result tomorrow,” he added. “We need to play it like any other game. We need to focus on what we can control. That’s what we’re going to do as a team.”

Chandimal added that they know their opponent will be tough to beat as their performance on home soil gives them an edge.
“We all know that Bangladesh – when they are playing on home soil – are really good as a team. They’ve played some outstanding cricket through this series, so the credit goes to the Bangladesh team,’ said Chandimal.

“We can all make mistakes. Cricket is like that. They’re on their home soil but as a team we need to play to our strengths. That’s what we want to do.”

Chandimal said that injuries remained a major concern for them in the recent past as it hampered their balance. They have already lost Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera due to injuries.

“In the last one and a half years, injuries have been a major concern for us. Once the players get injured, you can’t get the right combination. We have concerns, but the boys will come back strong.”

Chandimal added that the management isn’t very sure of what kind of wicket they will be playing on Thursday.

“They are preparing 2-3 wickets. We couldn’t tell which wicket they are going to give tomorrow. We’re still looking to see what they are going to give tomorrow. ‘I’m not sure why it’s that complicated. We’re ready to play on any wicket,” he summed up.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 5 Dinesh Chandimal (capt.) 6 Asela Gunaratne, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Akila Dananjaya, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Lakshan Sandakan, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Sabbir Rahman, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Sunzamul Islam, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Rubel Hossain.

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