Mashrafe Mortaza has finally called his day off for the shorter format of the game at international level and will play his last T20I on Wednesday against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh will look forward to making their Captain’s last outing as the memorable one. If they succeed in doing so then like the test and one-day series.
Bangladesh has a long list of losing matches in Twenty20 matches and Sri Lanka would be pleased to further enhance the list. Sri Lankan was clinical at the first T20 game in all three departments. The return of Kusal Perera was one of the epic sagas of return and he scored 53 balls 77 to achieve the rather easy target of 156. The other thing which was as usual as before were the inswinging Yorkers of Lasith Malinga who was the pick of the Lankan bowlers and took 2 wickets. Vikum Sanjaya, Gunaratne and Prasanna were also effective with their bowling.
Previously, Bangladesh innings mainly consisted of three phase. First phase 6 over hard hitting batting of Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar, second phase the fury of wickets and the third phase Mosaddek Hossain and Mahmudullah resurgence to take the score to an above-par total.
If they want to present a pleasant farewell for their Captain, they will have to field well and while batting will have to work on partnerships. They have the potential but they need to find a way out.
Sri Lanka: WLWWW
What: 2ND T20I Match, Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
Where: R Premadasa stadium, Colombo
When: 6th April, 19:00 IST
What to expect: there is a forecast of morning shower but evening would be peaceful. The pitch is good for batting and supports spin as the game progresses.
Players to watch out for:
Kusal Perera: There was hunger seen in the batting of Perera, the hunger to score runs at international level and he will surely love to perform better.
Mashrafe Mortaza: The captain who led his team to its best performances will last time take the field in the shortest format. He would love to end his career on a happy note.
Sri Lanka: The performance which Sri Lanka showed with the bat was convincing and dominating. Sri Lanka is unlikely to change their playing XI but there is a slight chance of replacing Kulasekara with Udana as he was way too expensive.
Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Upul Tharanga (capt), 2 Kusal Perera (wk), 3 Dilshan Munaweera, 4 Chamara Kapugedara, 5 Asela Gunaratne, 6 Seekkuge Prasanna, 7 Milinda Siriwardana, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara/Isuru Udana, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Vikum Sanjaya
Bangladesh: Bangladesh on the other hand can make few changes and Mehendi Hasan could get a debut game in place of Taskin Ahmed.
Bangladesh (possible): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mosaddek Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt.), 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Taskin Ahmed/Mehedi Hasan
The second T20I will be played on the same ground of R Premadasa stadium Colombo and pitch is expected to be same. It will assist the spinners as the game moves along and at the start would be great for batting.
Match prediction: Despite Bangladesh are aiming for a great farewell for their Captain but Sri Lankan can be a show spoiler. There are 70% chances of Sri Lanka being the winning team.
Stats and trivia
- Mashrafe Mortaza will finish his T20I career as Bangladesh’s highest wicket-taker among fast bowlers.
- Bangladesh have now lost eight T20Is in a row, their second-worst run in the format