Date: October 24, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
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Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will both commence their Super 12 campaign with a fixture against each other at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday. While the Sri Lanka side confirmed their place in the Super 12 stage by winning each of their three matches of Round 1, Bangladesh did manage to bounce back from their shocking defeat against Scotland to win their remaining two matches to scamper through to the next round.
While Sri Lanka have traditionally been the stronger side and are even the former champions in this tournament, in recent times Bangladesh haven't been that bad in T20 cricket and would want to maintain the winning moment against the team from the island country.
Kusal Perera seems to be the best pick from among the wicketkeepers as he will also bat at the top of the order for Sri Lanka and remains one of their better batters. From Bangladesh, the other options are Mushfiqur Rahim and Nurul Hasan. It is the batters where there are lots of options available for the fantasy side. Mahmudullah, Mohammad Naim, Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando as well as Liton Das are among themselves a good mix of batters who will get the opportunity to face more deliveries as well as those who have been in form. Wanindu Hasaranga perhaps remains a prime contender for being a captain or a vice-captain in the fantasy side and it is hard to bet against T20I's highest wicket-taker and more than useful with the bat Shakib Al Hasan. Mahedi Hasan will be a safe bet too for this match. Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin are top bowling options for the Fantasy side.
Probable Playing XI:
Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Mahedi Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan (wk), Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera (wk), Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
Wicketkeepers: Kusal Perera
Batters: Mahmudullah, Mohammad Naim, Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Liton Das
All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka
Bowlers: Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin
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