Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 5, 2014

Bangladesh desperate for slump to end

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Agarkar: SL need batsmen back in form

Match facts

March 6, 2014
Start time 1400 local (0800 GMT)

Big picture

The outcome of this match will have no bearing on who contests the Asia Cup final, and so Sri Lanka will use it to fine-tune their preparation for the summit clash against Pakistan. For Bangladesh, it is the last opportunity to win a game in the tournament and go into the World Twenty20 with something other than defeat and disappointment.

Angelo Mathews' side has played three strong games of cricket against Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, but there are areas they would want to improve in. Their opening partnership needs to get bigger more consistently, and Mahela Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal haven't had a significant score in the competition.

Bangladesh were ousted from the tournament after losing to Pakistan, despite making their highest ODI score. They posted 326 for 3, with Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque and Imrul Kayes batting impressively, but the bowlers - particularly Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak - let them down.

The home team's pace attack has also struggled, and though Mathews was reluctant to get drawn into comparing it with Afghanistan's bowling, it is clear Bangladesh need better prepared fast bowlers and more variety in their spin attack.

Form guide

(Completed matches, most recent first)

Bangladesh LLLLL

Sri Lanka WWWWW

Watch out for

Mominul Haque made 60 in the third ODI of the bilateral series against Sri Lanka, and then scored 50 and 51 in his last two Asia Cup innings. He has not been able to convert his starts into hundred and will be expected to solve that problem soon.

Thisara Perera hit an unbeaten 57-ball 80 in the first ODI of the bilateral series against Bangladesh, but has had a quiet time with the bat since. Sri Lanka will want him firing ahead of the final.

Team news

Having made five changes to the side for the Pakistan game, Bangladesh could make one or two for the match against Sri Lanka. Shafiul Islam, who was poor again against Pakistan, could make way for left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Anamul Haque (wk), 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Ziaur Rahman, 8 Mahmudullah, 9 Shafiul Islam, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Al-Amin Hossain

Sri Lanka could bring back Sachithra Senanayake and rest Lasith Malinga, replacing him with Dhammika Prasad who troubled Bangladesh in his only appearance in the three-match series.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Chaturanga de Silva/Sachithra Senanayake, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Ajantha Mendis, 10 Suranga Lakmal, 11 Lasith Malinga/Dhammika Prasad.

Pitch and conditions

The Mirpur surface will remain as placid as it has been throughout the competition. Dew will remain an issue for the team bowling second.

Stats and trivia

  • Kumar Sangakkara is the tournament's top-scorer with 246 runs; Ajantha Mendis is the fourth highest wicket-taker with seven scalps at 10.14 apiece

  • Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in their last Asia Cup meeting

Quotes

"I don't think Razzak has done anything to have his career ended. A bowler like Shakib got hit for three sixes. Razzak has done well in the last 8-10 years. He has supported all captains in every situation. He tried yorkers, came out as length balls. It could happen to any bowler."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim on his most experienced spinner

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Ammo666 on March 6, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    @Imosh Dewapura: Please have a look at the other even more arrogant comments against BD then you will have a good idea why?? & how can you compare BD fans with IND'n fans..BD fans never pokes unnecessary & make things a real big issue & ugly like few IND'n & SL'n fans out there..make sure.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    LOL @ThilankaK. SL played with Sangakkara and Jayawardhane against Afgan and now aginst BD too! SL have fear of losing the game with out them according to you. Isn't it? Your own words.ha ha ha

  • on March 6, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    no i think give mahila to open with perera bcoj he is a class player and he is just one knock away for getting form and remember form is temprirary and class is permanant and he is a class act

  • priceless1 on March 6, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    finally they have dropped Chandimal :D he was too lucky to play for the SL team for this long without having any real talent

  • ksquared on March 6, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    BD better get something above 300 anything below can be chased and anything below 250 then forget about winning. I highly doubt they can put up another performance like against PAK. PAK bowlers had an off day don't expect it from SL!!!

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    It is do or die match for Bangladesh to get a point, so they should show their best effort and play with head down. They should not drop catches and field like professional cricketer.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    I think they should debate about changing the order of batting. If mahela has to come at his usual position in the final then he should bat at his usual position today as well. Only change they should consider is resting Sanga to give others more responsibility. Maybe mathews as well coz he has a groin injury and i think he should be fully fit to both bat and bowl in the final.

  • Mobin_My_Name on March 6, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Asia Cup 2012 ist Match Pak Vs Bd Finale Pak Vs Bd.

    Asia Cup 2014 1st Match Pk Vs Sl Finale Pk Vs Sl.

    Will Win this tym again InshAllah :)

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @aminul hoque ripon. Good that BD fans never gives up. But i see lot of similarities between BD and IND fans. They jump around and scream like its the end of the world when a BD player hit a boundary of get a wicket. But also walk out of the ground when they look like loosing. Lots of premature celebrations and lack of ability to tolerate losses. Typical indian fan reaction. So, even though BD Cricket seems to mature day by day, their fans are not.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Mahela should think about his future or work on his batting immediately with coach Atapattu.

  • Ammo666 on March 6, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    @Imosh Dewapura: Please have a look at the other even more arrogant comments against BD then you will have a good idea why?? & how can you compare BD fans with IND'n fans..BD fans never pokes unnecessary & make things a real big issue & ugly like few IND'n & SL'n fans out there..make sure.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    LOL @ThilankaK. SL played with Sangakkara and Jayawardhane against Afgan and now aginst BD too! SL have fear of losing the game with out them according to you. Isn't it? Your own words.ha ha ha

  • on March 6, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    no i think give mahila to open with perera bcoj he is a class player and he is just one knock away for getting form and remember form is temprirary and class is permanant and he is a class act

  • priceless1 on March 6, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    finally they have dropped Chandimal :D he was too lucky to play for the SL team for this long without having any real talent

  • ksquared on March 6, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    BD better get something above 300 anything below can be chased and anything below 250 then forget about winning. I highly doubt they can put up another performance like against PAK. PAK bowlers had an off day don't expect it from SL!!!

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    It is do or die match for Bangladesh to get a point, so they should show their best effort and play with head down. They should not drop catches and field like professional cricketer.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    I think they should debate about changing the order of batting. If mahela has to come at his usual position in the final then he should bat at his usual position today as well. Only change they should consider is resting Sanga to give others more responsibility. Maybe mathews as well coz he has a groin injury and i think he should be fully fit to both bat and bowl in the final.

  • Mobin_My_Name on March 6, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Asia Cup 2012 ist Match Pak Vs Bd Finale Pak Vs Bd.

    Asia Cup 2014 1st Match Pk Vs Sl Finale Pk Vs Sl.

    Will Win this tym again InshAllah :)

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @aminul hoque ripon. Good that BD fans never gives up. But i see lot of similarities between BD and IND fans. They jump around and scream like its the end of the world when a BD player hit a boundary of get a wicket. But also walk out of the ground when they look like loosing. Lots of premature celebrations and lack of ability to tolerate losses. Typical indian fan reaction. So, even though BD Cricket seems to mature day by day, their fans are not.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Mahela should think about his future or work on his batting immediately with coach Atapattu.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Time to rest Mahela I guess. Remember Mahela did not allow Marven Atapattu even one match in the after he recovered from an injury when he was stand in captain. Rest Mahela till he recovers and let Dilshan who has a much better record in the last 20 ODIs play.

  • dhola8191 on March 6, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Bangladeshi players especially captain, senior players and bowler should make a short meeting in the field when any batsman is getting dangerous. say in the previous math against Pakistan When Afridi came and started hitting sixes or when 33 runs were required in 19 balls they could had a meeting to stop Fawad Alam to hit boundaries. Two consecutive sixes that Fawad smashed actually turned the game at last moment.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    @Edna Loss : It is only those few sixes that counts... :)

  • Sandasiri_Asitha on March 6, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Look like fans figured it out well. bt unfortunately SL team management n captain yet to get maximum out of under-performing Mahela. Yeah, Me too , thinking about him opening with Kusal n Lahiru to follow or two down. If he fail again, it's time him to join with Smith n Kallis... :P SL should win final against Pakistan to prove a big point n give something to celebrate their die-hard fans...

  • Ammo666 on March 6, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    @SL_Rockz: soon you will be eating your own words & sand both together & will be coughing like hell & regret! then you SL'n fans won't get any place to hide your oily face which is just full of cheesy pride nothing more....see you again!

  • on March 6, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    @Abaa - well said

  • mzm149 on March 6, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    It will be another high scoring match. Bangladesh has prepared batting heavens in the matches they have played themselves so far. Bangladesh is play spin well. Only Malinga will trouble them.

  • on March 6, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Chandima; should concentrate on batting. This asia cup he didnt score. May be needs to be replaced.Go tigerrs Dilshan is not there to make big score. Srilanka cant pose big score. So you can win

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    So, last Asiacup wins were flukes, isn't it? Does BD has anything else to show in between? Not even a home track bully! just winning few matches here and there. But fans think they are the best and wrongly placed at the bottom of the rankings! too funny!

  • mainul079080 on March 6, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Mushfiqur's captaincy has become horrible. He dont know the art of picking the right bowler at the crunch moment. Ziaur was unused when every bowler except Sakib and Mominul were being hammered. Very strange.When he gave the ball to Razzaq in 48th over, i was saying that the game is over and it exacly happened.He failed to get the last 2 wickets of Srilankan innings in first ODI when Lankans were 68/8 and they went on to win by making 180! I think it is now time to give captaincy back to to Sakib now. But never make Tamim captain or vice captain.

  • on March 6, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    This match would give some practice before the Pakistan match.Only concern against them would be Afridi. Sri lanka need to get him out by letting him hit out.In the End, he will definitely sky an easy catch to the mid-on.mid-off area, it is worth giving him a few sixes to play with.

  • on March 6, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Mahela should open with Kusal and thirimanne one down try to get a good opening partnership. We should not change the winning team. Rotate players at different places. Good luck SL.

  • SL_rockz on March 6, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Time to put the last nail on the coffin... Poor BD fans still dreaming of win when SL already won all matches against them in recent and 7 consecutive matches already. Yeah it is practically to believe that a man who is in a desert witout water thinks after every hour he will find water in the next ... So as BD... Searching for wins deep inside the humiliation of defeat.. .. Sorry fans but that is the reality..

  • AS7777 on March 6, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Second place in ODI rankings is up for grab for Sri Lanka if they win all the matches in Asia cup so it should be a good motivation to play their best cricket.

  • siddhartha87 on March 6, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    it is 101% sure that BD will lose the only question is what will be the margin

  • Vikum72 on March 6, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    Most fans here seem to think Mahela should open in this match and I too agree it's a good option. The innings he played up to now in this tournament, it didn't show that he's woefully out of form. He seems to time his shots good enough and didn't get bogged down either. The freedom to free his arms and go for his shots early in the innings might be just the thing he needs to get out of this slump.

  • on March 6, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    @Nadun Maduranga Piyasiri , we are BD supporters and we NEVER give up our hope

  • vallavarayar on March 6, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    Chandimal is turning into another mahela, where he goes through prolonged periods of poor form. A bit like kapugedera.

  • on March 6, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Yes Mahela should open the innings with Kusal. Better to give chance to Priyanjan by resting Sanga.

  • Prema1948 on March 6, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Mahela, in his last 20 LO Internationals has scored only one 50. His ODI AV is a clear proof; he isn't fit to play in this ODI Team. Though S'kkra has improved his ODI AV playing very few matches winning Ings during the last 4 years, they'd have been dropped for their poor performances in 2008/09. There's no need to give permanent place to the seniors, cos we do produce 1 or 2 In'national class players every year, like the others.We have quality players the class of AngeloP (among many such as Roshen Silva,GayanManeshan,Niroshan Dickwella), the best S'boy batsman of the year 2009, prolific run getter in the Domestic scene (though he has always been asked to bat low down even at Club level where one of the prominent seniors is a member). The fans are deserted since J&Ps(20-25 years) lacks the required knowledge to function in those positions that they were assigned to. Our recent successes were mainly due to our quality Bowlers, though they too have been under used to field henchmen.

  • on March 6, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka need play with there full team to get a win make it eight in a row and go to final with on positive way.good luck srilanka........

  • on March 6, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    Drop Mahela and Chandimal!

  • priya65 on March 6, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Out of all the sides Sri lanka iis the only team that has shown maturity. They might have lost most games, If they didn't play professional cricket. Even in Afghan game they were not well placed at first, then they realized the score that is manageable for the pitch. In the past they overestimated the scores they can reach. They are building a reputation of "You are not winners until the last ball is bowled or last run is scored". That attitude won Pakistan and India for them. Sri Lanka should win this Asia Cup for sure, barring a scintillating individual performance from one of the pakistanis GUL, HAfees. Misbah or Umar. Nowadays bits and pieces don't win against sri lanka, but on the other hand Sri Lanka will go out on one limb fight to the end, get themselves bruised, battered before they go down if they do ! Tenacity of the Captain, Technical know how of coaches Vaas and Mavan must be the factors.

  • Abaa on March 6, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Wow some of the comments here just border on delusional :-O One speaks of BD dominating in the future of the cricket world. Another is sure BD will beat SL because BD improved in the last game. This is the reason that fans from countries like Ind, Pak and SL can't stand you lot! It is one thing to be confident. It is another to be brash and arrogant! If your team wins it is a completely different matter. Ind has won heaps when it matters. Pak has won everywhere against everyonel. And SL? Well they make every competition final which they cannot do without being consistent which is not possible without winning. So when their fans boast they have actually got some back up. Past records. Consistent, contemporary performances. Statistics. Consistent game changers and proven match winners like a Dhoni or a Sangakkaara or an Afridi. But when you guys do it that too less than a week after losing to Afghanistan and specially having not won a game in all of 2014 it is just ridiculous and silly!

  • on March 5, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    I'm sure you would've thought about beating teams even when SL was in poor form. After all your team ain't made up of any invincibles.

  • kc69 on March 5, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    Will Bangladesh carry their momentum to get atleast one win for their fans? Looks unlikely as out of last 6 straight wins for SL 3 were against Bangladesh.One fact the Bangladesh can console themselves is last time in Asia cup even SL lost all their matches so, Bangladesh can look forward to combinations in this match keeping in mind World T20.

    All the best both sides.

  • on March 5, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    bangladesh needs to change captaincy-- give it to shakib

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on March 5, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    SL is my 2nd team like most Bangladeshis, so I want Sl to be champion regardless what they do this game but for the sake of Bd cricket shafiul instead of arafat is a joke. Please neverever shafiul and rubel hossain in BD squad again. Mushfique captaincy and BD selectors will cost us many games to come. Even with afridi hitting Bd still could have won last game with right captaincy. Bd was cruising well with pressure onto pak but suddenly mushy takes off pressure bringing in expensive pacers and bingo the momentum shifts to pakestan and that was the turning point. Pressure would give you wicket not your medicore pacers. Even for pacers, Zia was way better option than shafiul. For all games, this bd captain always reserve slog overs for his medicore pacers no matter what but sometimes you need to read the situation at hand and use spinners. Promising ballers like arafat sunny, zia should be given chance so that they can improve and strengthen Bd team rather than placing them on bench.

  • WTEH on March 5, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Time to give chances to all the reserves. Rest Sanga, Malinga and Mathews. Playing Bangladesh, the sorry losers... No point wasting time with good players.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on March 5, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Nadun Maduranga Piyasiri @ Dont be over confidence ! SL is very good team and your team is already filling quota against Bangladesh. And hey don't forget every dog has its day.

  • i_amVIVA on March 5, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Kudos to BD boys for a great game yesterday, they turned around things against Pak, but sadly lost. They played good game against the stronger teams in the tournament, but lost to the weakest Afg, that could happened to any team in one off day. Of course SL is beatable, BD did that before, in SL last time, hope they turned around in this game tomorrow, would be a big morale boost before the next big thing - WCT20 soon. In good time or bad, Go Tigers...

  • on March 5, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Don't understand why Abdur Razzak keep on getting selected. Can not bowl, can not bat and, fielding is poor as well. Yes, other bowlers get hit for sixes but they at least pick up wickets and, can bat a bit. Opposition teams target Razzak to accelerate their run rate as evident by Fawad Alam's (Pakistan) comment on post game interview.

  • on March 5, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    everyone wants his team to win no matter if it is bd, Afghanistan or china and there is nothing wrong in it. i just don't get how on earth wishing ur team to win is arrogance. we bangladeshi support our team from the core of our heart and keep supporting them even when they not doing well.every time i come to comments section supporters from other countries are always bashing us saying how arrogant bd supporters are, yeah there are few supporters who make trash comments but the reply we get in return are no less than arrogance. it becomes sort of ritual some supporters from india, pak, sri lanka start off by making offensive statement about bd cricket and bd supporter defend them by talking back.just because your team is not winning does not mean that they will never win since cricket is a game of glorious uncertainty. good luck Bangladesh against sri lanka.

  • on March 5, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    maybe send SL A team and win the game, Rahim can then say its a shame to loosing to SL A side, hes born with shame

  • Rawanaa on March 5, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Team should be 1 kusal 2 mahela 3 thiri 4 chandi 5 chthuranga 6 mathews 7 thisara 8 sachithra 9 prasad 10 mendis 11 lakmal.... mahela should open the inning in order to get form... and thiri has to take sangas place for future prospect...chandi needs to play mahelas role at no 4... BD fans still day dreaming... good luck SL

  • on March 5, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    I think bd will do it this time . good luck bangladesh

  • Warm_Coffee on March 5, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Dead rubber but no excuse for Bangladesh to lose this again. Played very well against Pakistan but really should've won that game as well because most other teams would've defended that score but our weak bowling was exposed in that game. The only thing I'm happy about regarding our batting is that Tamim Iqbal has competition against the likes of Anamul and Kayes. A win then Bangladesh will regain that confidence ahead of the World T20 where we must not fail. Good luck!

  • on March 5, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Yes, it's time to test new team but should NOT drop Sanga, just because he been scoring most do not mean he's going to score hundred on fina, specially record Sri Lanka in Finals. Batting Oder should be

    Perera, Chandimal, Jayawardane, Sanggakara, Thirimanna, Mathews, Thisara, senanakaye, mendis , prasad , Lakmal.

  • TigerRoars on March 5, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Shakib did not let the team down with his bowling, despite the sixes. Shafiul and Razzak did. Mushfiqur was guilty of using them despite poor bowling in the match.

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    What do u think bangladesh will lose tomorrow! be Ready SL! Tiger will roar... :)

  • Tokai69 on March 5, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Don't live in the past tigers! Every game is a new game, and start fresh again........Good luck Tigers!!

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka should be able to win this match even without their top players. I think they should rest Sangakkara and Malinga for this game,

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    wake up BD fans .when did u have ur last win in any kind of format? all i see is LLLLLLLLL(LOST) Stop dreaming.got beaten by Afghans also :P

  • tiger_zaid on March 5, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Good Luck tigers...we are expecting a good performance from your side...& we believe in your ability...

  • DilumSL on March 5, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Plz give a chance to Priyanjan and rest Sanga. have nothing against Chandimal but he is clearly out of form. so it is not good for him to play while failing everytime. if Priyanjan plays well we can put him in the final. and its better to put Mahela to open with Kusal.my eleven are 1.kusal 2.mahela 3.lahiru 4.priyanjan 5.chandimal 6.mathews 7.tisara 8.chathuranga 9.mendis 10.sachithra/prasad 11.malinga/lakmal

  • Fogu on March 5, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    With Mominul, Mahmudullah, Nasir, Shakib, Al-Amin, Zia and Sunny, BD have enough bowlers. BD should sit Razzak and Shafiul, and bring in Sunny and Shamsur. Mominul , Nasir, Zia and Mahmudullah are crafty bowlers who can give you 6-7 overs each. We do need batting depth. One good game does not mean we have solved our batting issues. These pitches are good for 270-290 runs but SL with a stronger batting line up can go above that. We need to target 300+ runs and with a deeper batting line up we can attack from 35 overs onwards to acheive that. That does not mean we can play recklessly in the 1st 35 overs. Go Tigers!

  • siddhartha87 on March 5, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Bangladesh should change their emblem from tiger to something else as soon as possible. Meer cat will suit them. Rat is not bad either

  • Mahaanama on March 5, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    SL should rest both Mathews and Malinga for this match. Since Mathews showed a sign of an injury in the last match that he bowled it's wise to giving him a rest because his bowling well be very important in finals. Sanga is a competitor for Man of the Series award so he should play. Sachitra should be also given a match before finals. Mahela should open to find his form. 1) Kusal 2) Mahela 3)Sanga 4) Chandimal 5) Priyanjan 6)Thirimanna 7)Chathuranga 8) Thisara 9) Prasad 10)Sachitra 11) Lakmal/ Mendis

  • olee on March 5, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    pls take out BD from ICC premier teams and add afghans instead. BD have been playing cricket in the middle more than 3 decades but very few of them they have won and even never raise a title in their cricket history. no consistancy at all.

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Sri Lanka Is Too Strong For Bangladesh.Go With The Young Guns For Tomorrows Match. They Will Fire. Good Luck Lions

  • NextSana on March 5, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    We can rest Sanga, Malinga and Mathews. Give the captaincy to Chandimal and also we send Mahela and Kusal at the top. Thirimanne can play 1 down position. We can give a chance to Prasad. He did well against BD recently. I would love to see Prasanna hitting colossal sixes. Even with Sakib this won't be much of a competition for us. Team 1. Mahela 2. Kusal 3. Thirimanne 4. Chandimal 5. De Silva 6. Thisara 7. Prasanna 8. Sachithra 9. Prasad 10. Ajantha 11. lakmal

    4 seamers and 4 spinner with 5 all rounders.

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    @Abdullah Jawzi, yeah, everytime Chandimal takes the gloves, his batting performance for some reason improves. maybe it is a psychological thing for him, because everytime he keeps wickets, he bats better.

  • jerryman on March 5, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Maybe Sanga should play to score some more runs and become man of the series . He deserves to earn that accolade . SL must play their A game as BD will come hard at them . Congrats to both teams

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Come on tigers..............

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Guys,Mahela is one match away from striking form.He meddled the ball very well.It is unfortunate he is not in the runs.BD is a good team.The way they played the bilateral series against SL and the Asia cup showcased their talent. SL is a well balanced team and team in form and also it looks like a team which could absorb shocks.

  • Udendra on March 5, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Middle order is the problem for SL. Something needs to be done about Chandimal & Mahela.

  • Lakpj on March 5, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    they should rest Sanga and play Priyanjan. Ideally mahela should open so that it will give him the chance to come back to form and allow Chandimal to bat at 4 where he had been successful. When you are not used to winning games you will find ways of loosing games from winning positions so I think SL might pull off tomorrow's game as well.

  • on March 5, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    I'm fed up with BD supporters. After thrash so badly, still talking about beating SL.Wake up and face to reality.

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Sanga must play but Chandimal may take the gloves

  • ramz_01 on March 5, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    best thng to do rest chandimal and bring ashan priyajana md see he can score p runs, if he faiied bring bck chandimal for final, whr he can start fresh, i m n sure mattews wil do dat.

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    This game should be a test for rest of the players other than Sanga and Malinga as for as concern the players like Mahela and Chandimal are not in form throughout the series so this may be their last chance to prove their worth along the side and come into form some aspect other wise it is better to give chance to youngsters to gain experience and form to the final...My eleven are 1.Kusal 2.Thirimanna 3.Mahela 4.Chandimal 5.Ashan Priyanjan 6.Mathes 7.de Silva 8.Sachithra 9.Thisara 10.Ajantha 11.Dhamika Prasad...best of luck!

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Again bangle tigers will comeback very hard

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Rest Chandimal ? You only rest players who perform. Not the other way around..

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    expecting a walk in the park for SL ... they are just too strong and I will want mahela and perera to get some form

  • LALITHKURUWITA on March 5, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    SL should play all the bench and non performing players. I hope BA will win this so that every team in the tournament won a match especially home team. BA played 2 strong matches against IN and PA but unfortunately lost.

  • jerryman on March 5, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Need to keep the momentum going with a win. Play all 3 spinners . Rest Chandimal and play Priynajan. If Malinga needs a break play Prasad. So for bowling it will be 1 pace, extras wud be all rounders Tissara & Matthews. 3 spinners in Mendis, De silva & senanayake . 3 spinners are needed on these wickets.Mendis is essential in the playing eleven. Good luck to the lions and to BD

  • jerryman on March 5, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Mahela shud open with Kusal . Chandimal shud be rested. Play the 3 spinners mendis,de silva & senanayake

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Will Sri Lanka make changes or go with their best 11? Sangakkara looked tired behind the stumps in the last match against Afghanistan. It is worth considering, opening with Mahela and Kusal. Might help Mahela to get back in to form. Thirimanna can play 2 down.

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    If Chandimal does not score more than 40 runs it is much better to leave him out of the finals

  • i_golam on March 5, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    I think BD batting was incredible good against PAK ...but as always bowling cost the match for them !! I think it's time to rebuild the team and the process can begin just after T20 WC ! BD needs left arm fast bowler and useful medium pacers and few more spinner with variety ...who fits in with Shakib !!! when everything will calm down and the team has become more stable then you will see .. The future looks bright for BD and I can guarantee you that BD will dominate in the future of the cricket world !

  • aitham on March 5, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket team should win this match against srilanka .it will boost there players confident before T 20 world cup.

  • YsaKaru on March 5, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    my XI against BD: 1.kusal 2.mahela 3.thirimanne 4.chandimal(w) 5.priyanjan 6.mathews(c) 7.chathuranga 8.thisara 9.sachithra 10.mendis 11.lakmal/prasad

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    BD will beat sri lanka tomorrow ....coz BD have improved in the last game....

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  • on March 5, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    BD will beat sri lanka tomorrow ....coz BD have improved in the last game....

  • YsaKaru on March 5, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    my XI against BD: 1.kusal 2.mahela 3.thirimanne 4.chandimal(w) 5.priyanjan 6.mathews(c) 7.chathuranga 8.thisara 9.sachithra 10.mendis 11.lakmal/prasad

  • aitham on March 5, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket team should win this match against srilanka .it will boost there players confident before T 20 world cup.

  • i_golam on March 5, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    I think BD batting was incredible good against PAK ...but as always bowling cost the match for them !! I think it's time to rebuild the team and the process can begin just after T20 WC ! BD needs left arm fast bowler and useful medium pacers and few more spinner with variety ...who fits in with Shakib !!! when everything will calm down and the team has become more stable then you will see .. The future looks bright for BD and I can guarantee you that BD will dominate in the future of the cricket world !

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    If Chandimal does not score more than 40 runs it is much better to leave him out of the finals

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Will Sri Lanka make changes or go with their best 11? Sangakkara looked tired behind the stumps in the last match against Afghanistan. It is worth considering, opening with Mahela and Kusal. Might help Mahela to get back in to form. Thirimanna can play 2 down.

  • jerryman on March 5, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Mahela shud open with Kusal . Chandimal shud be rested. Play the 3 spinners mendis,de silva & senanayake

  • jerryman on March 5, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Need to keep the momentum going with a win. Play all 3 spinners . Rest Chandimal and play Priynajan. If Malinga needs a break play Prasad. So for bowling it will be 1 pace, extras wud be all rounders Tissara & Matthews. 3 spinners in Mendis, De silva & senanayake . 3 spinners are needed on these wickets.Mendis is essential in the playing eleven. Good luck to the lions and to BD

  • LALITHKURUWITA on March 5, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    SL should play all the bench and non performing players. I hope BA will win this so that every team in the tournament won a match especially home team. BA played 2 strong matches against IN and PA but unfortunately lost.

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    expecting a walk in the park for SL ... they are just too strong and I will want mahela and perera to get some form