In a virtual semifinal clash on Friday at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Bangladesh and hosts Sri Lanka are all set to lock horns to fill up the vacant place beside India in the final of the Nidahas Trophy 2018. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ফিরছেন সাকিব, আরিফুল! বাদ যাচ্ছেন কে?]
The match will kick off at 7.30 Bangladesh Standard Time.
Flying in height after the morale booster, highly classic win against the home team in their second match of the tri-nation tournament, the Tigers were visibly crimped for not being able to get passed 17 runs all that required to bow down India in the third encounter.
However, the news of Shakib Al Hasan flying to Colombo to be a part of the do or die show has been hearty for Bangladesh despite delicate uncertainty about his level of fitness in the bruised finger.
According to Bangladesh interim head coach Courtney Andrew Walsh, “He [Shakib] has to be assessed like other players, to see if he is fit. If he is fit, then someone of his class and caliber is something that we will have to consider. First we need to assess him and then make an announcement.”
The world number one all-rounder would certainly add sheen in all department of Bangladesh squad. In back to back matches, Mushfiqur Rahim scored fifties, one guided to the famous victory and the last one ended with arrant regrets for not having a partner in time.
Sabbir Rahman is nearly confirmed to be dropped from today’s playing eleven making place for Ariful Haque and Abu Hider Rony also cast out from the show owing to some lackluster performance.
Bangladesh bowling department looked pale from the beginning of the tournament; both pacers and spinners failed to clutch the opposition with claws resulting in huge scores to chase on for the batsmen later on.
There are good gestures for the opposition too; in form batsman Kusal Mendis returned after missing the India match due to muscle strain.
With four half centuries in his last five T20I match played, Mendis has become the power point of Sri Lankan batting order accompanying with other Kusal, Perera.
Likewise the first match against Sri Lanka, forecasts of inclement weather is prevailing over the Premadasa this afternoon as well. The possible thundershower could hit on in the later part of the afternoon or in the early evening.
The newly appointed Sri Lankan head coach Chandika Hathurusingha said, “If you know our bowlers, I think in T20s, we have a very young attack. Some of them have played less than 10 matches, but that’s not an excuse. That’s why we are here, we want to give them experience. The challenge for them is the conditions.”
Bangladesh probable playing XI: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Kumar Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah Riyad, Ariful Haque, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam Apu, Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain.
Sri Lanka probable XI: Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka/Dhananjaya de Silva, Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera (c), Jeevan Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera