Pitch and weather: The top two highest scores at Kotla have come during this World Cup, and Sri Lanka will be keenly aware of the nature of this surface having leaked 428 runs against South Africa last month. The overall weather conditions in Delhi though have worsened since then, with both sides cancelling scheduled practice sessions over the past few days owing to poor air quality. Any call on the match perhaps not taking place will only be taken on the day of the game.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Highlights 2023, ICC CWC 2023 38th Match, Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, Monday 6-11-2023.
Shakib thinks it will be difficult to bowl at night with so much dew. He hopes Bangladesh can finally fight, as Tanzim Hasan replaces Mustafizur, with the latter not quite being fit. Kusal Mendis, meanwhile, announces two changes: Dhananjaya and Kusal Perera in for Karunaratne and Hemantha.
Toss: Bangladesh chose to field.
Sri Lanka team: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Kusal Mendis (capt, wk), 4 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Dhananjaya de Silva, 8 Maheesh Theekshana, 9 Kasun Rajitha, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Dilshan Madushanka
Bangladesh team: 1 Litton Das, 2 Tanzid Hasan, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8 Towhid Hridoy , 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Tanzim Hasan, 11 Shoriful Islam
Head to Head In ODI’s: 53
Sri Lanka Won: 42
Bangladesh Won: 9
Sri Lanka ODI Rankings: 7th
Bangladesh ODI Rankings: 8th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Sri Lanka LLWWL
Match Timings: 8:30 AM GMT | 2:00 PM Local
Umpires – Marais Erasmus, Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire – Nitin Menon
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Adrian Holdstock
Match number – ODI no. 4695
Post Match Presentation
“Charith played a brilliant innings, but we were 30-40 runs short; 320 would have been good enough on this wicket. I’m happy that Pathum, Sadeera and Dilshan are coming through. I think in the future we’ll have a very good team which shows promise. We had a couple of injuries, and that was the reason we had so many changes and newcomers. But we also made mistakes; had we played better cricket, we would have a better chance of entering the top four. It’s very disappointing. When Mathews came to the crease, there were five seconds left. When he came out, he found out about the strap of the helmet. It was disappointing. We expected him to score runs for us; it’s disappointing that the umpires couldn’t step in and make good decisions.”
Shakib Al Hasan:
“When I won the toss, I didn’t have any hesitation in bowling first because we had trained here [in the dew]. We had to bat deep. Luckily we got a big partnership. Shanto and I applied ourselves really well. We would have loved to finish early – with lesser wickets [lost] – but a win is a win. One of our fielders came to me and said that if I appealed, he would be out. The umpire asked me if I was serious. It’s in the laws; I don’t know if it’s right or wrong. I felt like I was at war. Whatever I had to do, I did it. There will be debates. Today that (the time out) helped, I won’t deny that!”
Shakib Al Hasan is the Player of the Match:
“There wasn’t much for the bowlers. We bowled well up front. There were short boundaries. Bowling, we have always felt, wins us more matches. We knew we could fight back. We kept on believing. The ground dimension helped [while batting]. A few shots came off, and I never looked back. We could have been consistent; that is the one disappointment.”