Bangladesh opt to bowl first against Sri Lanka in Asia Cup Super Four match
By News Desk
September 9, 2023 02:22 PM
In a pivotal match, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and chose to bowl first against Sri Lanka. A crucial decision given the current match circumstances and the weather in play.
With potential rain expected, Bangladesh has made a strategic change, bringing in an extra bowler. Nasum Ahmed is set to replace Afif Hossain in today's lineup, amplifying their bowling prowess. Shakib, in his statement, emphasized the need for getting the basics right, especially since conditions in Sri Lanka might differ from their recent matches against Pakistan.
As the match is essential for Bangladesh, Shakib expressed confidence, stating, "Today is a game we fancy our chances in. Playing against the home team won’t be easy, and we have to bring our best to the pitch. There's no room for complacency."
Sri Lanka's captain, Dasun Shanaka, revealed that they would have also preferred to bat first. Pointing to the pitch, Shanaka mentioned it being a used wicket. This suggests that as the day progresses, the track may offer more help to the bowlers, especially under the lights. He believes the spinners will find some grip, and there will be slight movement for the pacers.
Despite the game's high stakes, Shanaka's focus remains on the process, underscoring the team's collective effort. "It's about the batters scoring crucial runs and the bowlers, irrespective of who they are, doing their job," he said. Sri Lanka has retained its winning combination, making no changes to the playing XI.
The teams have lined up strong for the contest. For Bangladesh, the team comprises Mohammad Naim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan leading the side, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim behind the stumps, Shamim Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, and the newly included Nasum Ahmed.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, is marching with Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis donning the wicketkeeper's gloves, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka at the helm, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, and Matheesha Pathirana.