The cricket festival is going on on the Atlantic coast. In the meantime, 11 matches of T20 World Cup have been played. How many stories are being submitted. As the world of cricket is witnessing fairy tales, there are also stories of upsets and woes. Uganda has already won their first World Cup. United States, the partner country of ICC, has sent a message to the world by defeating the favorite Pakistan. On the other hand, there is a lot of talk about the World Cup pitch. But even among all these things, there was not a name for so long. Bangladesh

Bangladesh will start their World Cup campaign tomorrow (Saturday) with a match against Asian rivals Sri Lanka. Tiger captain Nazmul Hossain Shantar hopes to turn around in the World Cup despite being in bad form in recent times. The match will start at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas at 6:30 am Bangladesh time on Saturday.

Before the World Cup, Bangladesh has come under criticism because of the series loss to the United States, the partner country of the ICC. After that, Shanto-Litton continued to fail against India in the warm-up match. Especially the batting order of the team is suffering a lot. No one in the top order is getting runs. The determination to forget everything and turn around in the World Cup was heard in the voice of the Tiger captain.

“The top order has not done or is not doing well in recent times,” Shanto said in a press conference ahead of the match against Sri Lanka. But tomorrow is a completely new day and everyone who has problems in practice is giving 100%. If you say that there is room for improvement, everyone is in a better condition than the previous place.’

Everyone is trying to improve from their own place. Nazmul Hossain thinks he is giving enough time to practice. He said, ‘Seeing the practice or batting at the net, everyone seems to be in better shape than before. Tomorrow is a new day without worrying about what happened before. Tomorrow none of us know who will play well and who will play badly. On a new day, I think the biggest responsibility of the player who settles down, starts well is how to finish the game. I hope that if our batsmen can implement the way they have prepared, it will be a good match.

Sri Lanka is not very comfortable either. A poor performance in the first match against South Africa in the World Cup can give the Tigers some hope. Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 77 runs as they failed to cope with the slow wicket in that match. The main problem in the Bangladesh team is batting. The team’s bowlers can cause headaches for the opposition batsmen with an expected bowling performance. That is why the slow wicket is giving Bangladesh confidence.

Mirpur Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium has wickets in common with Dallas and New York. Bangladesh will depend on wickets to catch Sri Lanka. Although Shantara is not getting the record. Bangladesh started its journey to T20 World Cup with the first season of 2007. The Tigers won a historic victory against the West Indies in their first match in South Africa.

The win against the West Indies is Bangladesh’s only win against a major team in the T20 World Cup so far. The Tigers had three wins in the last T20 World Cup in Australia. That is Bangladesh’s highest win record in a tournament. But all three wins came against relatively small teams for the Tigers. Bangladesh has faced 16 matches against the Lankans in the short version so far. They have won 5 and lost 11 of them. Among the major teams, the Tigers have the most wins against Sri Lanka alone. These statistics add further motivation for Bangladesh.

Apart from Sri Lanka in Group ‘D’, Bangladesh’s opponents are South Africa, Nepal and the Netherlands. Bangladesh will have to beat any of the big teams between Sri Lanka and South Africa if they want to go to the next round. On the other hand, the Lankans will also be under pressure. If they cannot beat Bangladesh then the path to the next round will be very difficult for the Lankans. In that case, they have to rely on many cases.

Lankan captain Hasaranga de Silva believes that the team will overcome the pressure of losing Bangladesh in their most important match. Bangladesh will be confident of the return of pacer Taskin Ahmed, who missed the series and practice match against the USA due to a side strain injury. But the Tigers will not get Shariful Islam, another best pacer of the team. Shariful injured his bowling hand in the warm-up match against India.

Bangladesh Squad: Nazmul Hossain Shanto (captain), Taskin Ahmed (vice-captain), Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Tanjid Hasan Tamim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tawhid Hriday, Mahmudullah Riyad, Zaker Ali Anik, Tanveer Islam, Mahedi Hasan, Rishad Hossain , Mustafizur Rahman, Shariful Islam and Tanjim Hasan Shakib.

Reserve: Afif Hossain, Hasan Mahmud

Sri Lanka Squad: Hasaranga De Silva (Captain), Charith Asalanka (Vice-Captain), Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nishanka, Kamindu Mendis, Sadira Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Mahesh Thikshana, Dunith Wellalage, Dushmanth Chamira, Mathisha Pathirana, Nuan Thushara, Dilshan Madushanka.

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