Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have both won their matches against UAE in the ongoing Asia Cup. Tonight at Mirpur, they are meeting each other for a crucial encounter.
Let’s look at some key players from Sri Lanka first.
Angelo Matthews: Matthews along with Malinga also made a comeback to the national team in the Asia Cup and the World T20. The ODI skipper who failed in the last match against UAE will be expected to make amence tonight when he gets a chance to bat. He will key to the middle order against a formidable Bangladesh attack. Also Sri Lanka will be counting on his slower deliveries to give them important breakthroughs.
Dinesh Chandimal: He had a good outing in the last match against UAE, scoring a much important half century. He opened the innings in the last match with Tillakratne Dilshan, and hopefully will again open tonight. Opening at the top with Dilshan, he gives the time the right balance for the power hitters like Thisara Perera and Angelo Matthews to come out and score big in the final overs.
Now let’s focus on some key players from Bangladesh
Mashrafe Mortaza: Much like the Sri Lankan skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh skipper will lead the pack from the charge for Bangladesh. He had an important role to play in their winning game against UAE; tonight too he holds the key for his team.
Mustafizur Rahman: He will be key with his change ups to deliver wickets for Bangladesh. A revelation, since he made his debut for Bangladesh against India, Mushtafizur has been making the headlines for all the right reasons. He had a pretty good previous two matches against India and UAE, where he foxed several top order batsmen with his change ups. At Mirpur tonight he will be surely a tough proposition for the Sri Lankan batsmen.
Shakib al Hasan: Shakib needs just 87 runs to become the first Bangladeshi batsmen to score 1000 T20 runs. Also he with his experience will be a key figure in the bowling attack of Bangladesh. Senior statesman in the team he will be expected to perform in a key match for Bangladesh.
Mushfiqur Rahim: An important member of the Bangladesh batting line up, Rahim who is a busy little player will be expected to hold up one end when the Tigers bat. Being one of the most experienced players in the team, he will be expected to bat them out of trouble or to victory as per the situation demands.
Mahmudullah Riyad: man of the match in the last game, Mahmudullah Riyad will be expected to play the role of a floater in the team as he is a player who has the capacity to adjust and play as the the match situation. Having successfully taken his team to victory in the last match, much of the same is expected from this champion player in the team.
Though the odds are against Bangladesh from winning the contest, they have it in them to spring in a surprise.