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Bangladesh will host Sri Lanka in a 2-match T20 series, beginning with the 1st T20 match at Dhaka on 15th February. The visitors dominated Bangladesh in the recent test series, winning it 1-0 and winning the ODI Tri Series by defeating the hosts in the final match by 79 runs. Bangladesh will try to make a comeback by putting up a better performance in the upcoming T20s, and we could see an entertaining contest on Thursday. It needs to be seen which team can overcome the challenges on field to emerge victorious in the first match.
Shakib Al Hasan will lead the side that has batsmen like Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar, who bring in a lot of experience with them. All-rounders like Afif Hossain, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah and Mohammad Saifuddin will add depth to the batting line-up along with the captain, who displayed good form in the ODI match they won against Lanka in the tri series.
The bowling unit has speedsters Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Saifuddin and Abu Hider, who could provide regular breakthroughs with their disciplined attack. Spinners Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan and Mahmudullah could surprise the opponents here with their bowling variations. Others like Ariful Haque, Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman could be utilized to bring in depth to the attack.
Overall, Bangladesh has a good record in T20s and we could see them coming out all guns blazing here to avenge their continuous defeats against Sri Lanka.
Zakir Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Saifuddin, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain.
Dinesh Chandimal will continue to lead the side in Angelo Matthew’s absence, and he has shown the way for this young team to positive outcomes in recent matches. Batsmen like Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera and Upul Tharanga could stabilize the innings whether batting first or during a tough chase. All-rounders like Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka and Akila Dananjeya bring depth to the squad, and we could see them combining well to dominate in the T20s as well.
Bowlers like Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Madushanka, Asitha Fernando and Asela Gunaratne bring their pace skills to the table while spinners Amila Aponso, Dananjaya, who took a total of 8 wickets in the 2nd test to help win the match, Gunathilaka, Jeffrey Vandersay and Jeevan Mendis could successfully stifle the hosts in their own backyard.
Sri Lanka hasn’t impressed much with the bat during the tests, but they have good resources who could help them post a challenging total here in the T20. The bowling contingent has proved to be a formidable force to reckon with and they could be the winning edge for the hosts here.
Niroshan Dickwella, WU Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis , BMAJ Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Akila Dananjaya, Shehan Madushanka, IU Tillakaratna.
Sri Lanka has done well to win consistently during the tour, and they will be eager to keep the winning momentum going. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will fight back to redeem themselves and with the home advantage on their side, they have an upper hand to win on Thursday.