Bangladesh are being led by all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz in their first warm-up match against Sri Lanka at Guwahati and are bowling first. There are rumors that regular skipper Shakib Al Hasan has picked up a niggle during the training session although nothing has been made official yet.
Batter and vice-captain Najmul Hossain Shanto and left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman also sit out. It’s hot and humid conditions in India and the pitch looks a good one to bat on despite having a covering of grass.
During the toss, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka: “We will bat first, looks like a good pitch. There will be some movement for the pacers in the evening. We had a really great Asia Cup, unfortunate about the final. I was personally looking for more runs, but I’m sure everybody will deliver in this tournament. We are going in with seven batters, will use an extra batter today.”
On the other hand, Bangladesh’s stand-in captain Mehidy Hasan Miraz: “We wouldn’t have batted first. We have prepared for a couple of months and it has been a good opportunity for the players playing the World Cup. We have a few changes today, lots of guys are resting.”
Bangladesh are without several key players for their first warm-up match against Sri Lanka, including regular skipper Shakib Al Hasan. Vice-captain Najmul Hossain Shanto and left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman are also sitting out.
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka has chosen to bat first, believing that the pitch will provide some movement for the pacers in the evening. He is also hopeful that his team can build on their strong performance in the Asia Cup.
Shakib Al Hasan injured while Playing football.
He will miss both the warm-up games and could miss the first game of the tournament. [RevSportz] pic.twitter.com/5YjnLij4z3
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Bangladesh stand-in captain Mehidy Hasan Miraz is happy to bowl first, believing that it will give his team a chance to assess the conditions. He is also confident that his team has prepared well for the World Cup and is ready to deliver in the tournament.
Bangladesh squad: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das(w), Mehidy Hasan Miraz(c), Towhid Hridoy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Tanzim Hasan Sakib
Sri Lanka squad: Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama(w), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Dushan Hemantha, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka, Pathum Nissanka