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T20 World Cup 2024: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh – preview, expected line-ups, free bets and offers

The state of play

Sri Lanka were skittled for just 77 in their Group D opener against South Africa in New York on Monday.

The 2014 champions eventually lost by six wickets with 22 balls remaining to endure a painful start to their campaign.

Kusal Mendis, Kamindu Mendis and Angelo Mathews were the only players into double figures as the Sri Lankans struggled to deal with the lack of pace on the drop-in track, eventually losing their final wicket in the 20th over.

Wanindu Hasaranga did claim 2-22 and Mathews, Nuwan Thushara and Dasun Shanaka kept it tight with the ball in reply, but South Africa took a giant stride towards the Super 8s by winning the Group D opener.

The good news for Sri Lanka is they have left the Nassau Stadium behind and will play their second game in the Grand Prarie Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

Bangladesh are making their first appearance in the tournament but have been hampered by slow starts with the bat due to a misfiring top order and lost their series against the USA 2-1 which caused consternation back home.

They have put on more than 30 for their opening wicket only four times in 11 matches so far this year – as many times as they have lost their first wicket in single figures.

While Litton Das, Soumya Sarkar and Nazmul Hossain Shanto have failed to impress, Tanzid Tamim has amassed three half-centuries in his first seven matches, scoring 237 runs at an average of 47.

Mustafizur Rahman has a good record against Sri Lanka and is likely to lead Bangladesh’s attack in the absence of Taskin Ahmed, who is absent with a side strain, and Shoriful Islam, who suffered a hand injury in the warm-up against India. Rahman has 14 wickets at a strike rate of 18.85 in his previous appearances against Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh won their first ever T20 World Cup match against the West Indies in 2007 in South Africa but have yet to beat another side ranked above them in the world in the following 17 years.

Their three victories in Australia in 2022 all came against lower-ranked teams but ending the run and toppling Sri Lanka would be a perfect start, according to veteran batter Mahmudullah Riyad.

“Everything relies on how we start the tournament. We need to have a good start. I believe if we make a good start, we’ll go long way,” he said.

Expected line-ups

Sri Lanka: Wanindu Hasaranga (c), Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Kamindu Mendis, Dhanajya De Silva, Charith Asalanka, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwan Thushara.

Bangladesh: Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Tanzid Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Litton Kumer Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Tanzim Sakib, Mustafizur Rahman.

How to watch

Sky have the rights to show the T20 World Cup to UK viewers in 2024 and will broadcast every game live. Coverage of the encounter, in the early hours of Saturday, gets underway on Sky Sports Cricket from 1am BST.

In India, the games can be streamed on Disney + Hotstar app and website. They are also available across the Star Sports Network.

Prediction

You’d think it can’t really get much worse for Sri Lanka after their opening day reverse, but then defeat against Bangladesh here would be unthinkable.

These sides have met 16 times in T20s with Sri Lanka winning 11 of them, and four of the last five, including an away series win earlier this year.

The islanders have also won both previous meetings at T20 World Cups.

Bangladesh have taken more wickets against Sri Lanka than any other nation, however, which might give them some confidence, but they will need to be near-perfect with the bat, as well as the ball if they are to get anything from this one.

We are going for Sri Lanka to get themselves back on track in the small hours of Saturday morning.

Alex Hoad
Alex Hoad
Alex has more than 15 years' experience in sports journalism and has reported on multiple Olympics, World Cups and European Championships in additional to Champions League, Europa League and domestic football.
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