ICC T20 World Cup Super 12: The 15th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will have Sri Lanka take on Bangladesh at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday. The two sides put on impressive performances in the first round of the competition.
Sri Lanka won three out of three matches in the qualifying round and as a result, topped Group A. They are coming into the contest on the back of an impressive win against the Netherlands. The bowlers were right on the money as they bundled out the Netherlands for just 44 runs in the first innings. Wanindu Hasaranga starred with the ball, picking three wickets for nine runs.
The other bowlers too were brilliant on the day. Lahiru Kumara too picked three wickets, while Maheesh Theekshana picked two in just one over. It took only 7.1 overs for Sri Lanka to chase down the score. They did lose two wickets but an unbeaten 33-run knock from Kusal Perera guided the side home comfortably.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, finished second in Group B in the qualifiers, with 2 wins in 3 matches. They began their campaign with a defeat, which was followed by two consecutive wins.
Bangladesh played their last game against Papua New Guinea. Riding on impressive knocks from Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, Bangladesh posted a significant total of 181 runs in the first innings.
Shakib Al-Hasan was brilliant with the ball as well as he ran through Papua New Guinea’s batting unit. He picked 4 wickets for just 9 runs in his 4 overs. Taskin Ahmed and M Saifuddin chipped in two wickets each as Bangladesh bundled out Papua New Guinea for a paltry 97.
Here’s a look at the predicted playing XI of both sides:
SL vs BAN Playing XI:
Kusal Perera (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal/Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera and Maheesh Theekshana
Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad (c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman
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