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)

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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)

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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

  • android_user 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!!!

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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 :)

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb on March 6, 2014, 7:37 GMT

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

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