Sri Lanka has always been superior to Bangladesh in the cricketing world. This is perhaps the first world cup where Bangladesh is considered a stronger side of the two. The tigers came into the tournament with a better ICC teams ranking than their rivals in today’s match, the lions.
Both the teams have had a frustrating start to the world cup. Sri Lanka seemed more like a cat than a mighty lion against New Zealand. They were bowled out without any resistance on 136. They also struggled with the bat against Afghanistan, but could come out with a hard fought win. Their match against Pakistan was washed off.
Bangladesh were off to a flying start with a win against South Africa. However, their celebrations were short lived as they lost the following 2 matches against New Zealand and England.
Sri Lanka seem like the clear favourites on paper. But the match would be interesting as per the current dynamics.
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The match today will be played on the Bristol County Ground. The weather report would suggest chances of rain. Precipitation and humidity are both high at 51% and 91% respectively. In the event of rain, both teams would have to consider the use of D/L method.
Sri Lanka’s batting has looked severely wounded, while Bangladesh’s bowlers have leaked heavy runs. The match would be very important for each of them, as both will look to capitalize on the other’s weakness.
The match starts at 3 p.m. IST. The toss will play a vital role.
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