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The tournament has got off to a good start but now the weather is starting to have a say. Sri Lanka’s previous game at the same venue against Pakistan was a washout. They will look to do better against Bangladesh than what they managed against Afghanistan. What comes as a massive blow to them is the injury to Nuwan Pradeep. He has been ruled out of today’s match.
For Bangladesh, it’s about turning their campaign around after a promising start that has hit a roadblock following two defeats. But there were lessons in those losses. Their spin-focused attack has been expensive and have not been able to keep it tight either.
Pitch and Weather conditions: Will be overcast and swing will be on offer. The weather is expected to be “showery” with over 50% chance of rain near toss time and again around 2 p.m.
Probable Playing XI:
Bangladesh – 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Rubel Hossain, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Sri Lanka – 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Lahiru Thirimanne 4, Angelo Mathews, 5 Kusal Mendis, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Thisara Perara, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Jeevan Mendis, 10 Suranga Lakmal, 11 Lasith Malinga
Winner prediction: Sri Lanka