Match 38 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will be played in Delhi. From 6th November 2023, the final week of the league matches of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will begin. Bangladesh will face off against Sri Lanka in Match 38. Following is Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Preview of Match 38 of World Cup 2023.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Today Match Preview
Bangladesh is already out of the race of the semi-finals. Sri Lanka still have a mathematical chance. But, except for the semi-final spot, there is still a lot to play for. Both teams would want to finish in the top 8 to qualify for the Champions Trophy 2025.
Bangladesh so far has only one win in the World Cup 2023. It came against Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have won 2, one against Netherlands and the other against defending champions England. Both sides have nothing to lose in this game.
Delhi witnessed the biggest total of World Cup history when South Africa smashed 428 here against Sri Lanka a few weeks back. Sri Lanka knows how the pitch behaves so they will have a little advantage. The last game at Delhi was between Australia and Netherlands when the Kangaroos scored 399 batting first. That suggests how good this track is for batting.
Sri Lanka has a better batting unit as compared to Bangladesh. Bangladesh batters might get some form in the favorable conditions but still, Lankan Lions will begin as favorites to win this game.
Sri Lanka expected Playing XI
Sri Lanka suffered a massive 302-run defeat against India and it was due to their batting failure. Dimuth Karunaratne has failed twice now and Sri Lanka will be thinking to bring back KJ Perera to utilize the batting-friendly conditions in Delhi.
Probable Lineup: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Kusal Mendis (C, wk) 4 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Angelo Mathews 7 Dushan Hemantha 8 Maheesh Theekshana, 9 Kasun Rajitha, 10 Dushmantha Chameera 11 Dilshan Madushanka
Bangladesh expected Playing XI
Bangladesh have tried almost every combination but nothing has worked for them at all. More than lineup changes, they need a mindset change and play with freedom. They will probably field the same lineup.
Probable Lineup: 1 Litton Das, 2 Tanzid Hasan, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan (C), 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8 Towhid Hridoy , 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Shoriful Islam.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Head to Head Record
Bangladesh has never beaten Sri Lanka in a World Cup match. They have lost against Sri Lanka on all 3 occasions in the World Cup. Sri Lanka has been dominating Bangladesh with 42 ODI wins over them. Only 9 times, Bangladesh has managed to beat the Lankan Lions.
Players to watch-out for
For Sri Lanka, their entire batting unit will be watched by the fans. After an embarrassing performance against India, it is time to do better. Sri Lanka need to forget that game and move on. Kusal Mendis, Asalanka, and Sadeera Samarawickrama are in good rhythm. They need to continue their good run and pay back the fans with a good batting performance.
With the ball, there is only one star in the Lankan bowling unit. Dilshan Madushanka picked a fifer against India too although he was a bit expensive but still, he is still an emerging talent and has done extremely well to pick 18 wickets in 7 games of the mega event.
For Bangladesh, Mahmudullah Riyad remains key. He is the best performing Bangladeshi batter this event and in the previous game, we did see him getting a promotion to bat up the order. Shakib-al-Hasan also showed glimpses of form with the bat against Pakistan, he needs to continue the same.
With the ball, Mehidy Hasan Miraz has been good and he is the only bowler who is seen to be trying hard for wickets. Sri Lanka should be watchful against Miraz.
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Toss Prediction
Sri Lanka is likely to win the toss and they will opt to bat first.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Match Prediction
The Lankan Lions has 70% chance of winning this game.