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T20 World Cup: Bangladesh to face Sri Lanka in their first match of the Super Twelve

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  • 25 October, 2021 07:48:45

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Sports Desk: Overcoming all fears, Bangladesh has reached the Super Twelve by overcoming the obstacles of the qualifying round. They will face Sri Lanka in their first match in the Super Twelve.

The Tigers will take on the Lankans at the Sharjah Stadium in the United Arab Emirates at 4pm Bangladesh time today.

After losing their first match in the qualifying round to Scotland by 6 runs, the Tigers were worried about playing in the Super Twelve. But in the next two matches of the qualifying round, they lost to Oman and Papua New Guinea and became the group runners-up. On the other hand, Sri Lanka won three matches in a row in the qualifying round and became the group champions and reached the Super Twelve.

Their confidence is at its peak now after winning the drawn match. Super Twelve also wants to continue this winning streak. The Sri Lankan captain sees a lot of chances to win today's match.

"T20 is a very short format game," said Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka. Everyone has seen how dangerous a team we are in our day. Every one of our cricketers has played well. They have shown that they have the ability to do well in the tournament. '

Shanaka added, "After winning the qualifiers, the team has got a different rhythm. It's good for everyone. I think we are a much better team than Bangladesh. So we have a lot of chances to win. '

On the other hand, Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo's relief will be played at noon so there will be no effect of dew. "Any team can beat anyone in the World Cup," he said.

Domingo said, ‘Other teams are worried about the dew of the night. We have no idea! Our spinners will be able to influence the match. Happy with it too. In terms of opponents, any team can beat anyone in the World Cup. '

The Lankans, however, are far ahead in past statistics. The two teams have played 11 matches in cricket. Where Lankans have won 6 and Bangladesh 4. Of course, only once in the T20 World Cup has any Bengal-Lanka duo been written. Bangladesh survives only if it can forget that match.

Possible XI, Sri Lanka

Kusal Perera (wicket keeper), Pathum Nisanka, Charith Asalanka, Abhishek Fernando, Vanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasranga, Dushmant Chamira, Mahesh Thekshana, Lahiru Kumara

Possible XI, Bangladesh

Liton Das, Mohammad Naeem, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (captain), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wicket keeper), Mehedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

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