File photo of Dasun Shanaka.
Besides keeping an eye on a much-improved performance against batsman, Sri Lanka used mind games ahead of their crucial match against Bangladesh at the Asian Cup in Sharjah on Tuesday. The Sri Lankan smashers were blown away by the Afghan beaters in the opening match and will find a way to blend in after the big loss. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will play the opening match of their tournament. The Shakib Al Hasan-led will aim to improve on their recent record in the shortest form, having won just two out of 13 since last year’s World Cup.
Captain Sri Lanka Dasun Shanaka hopes that the bowling attack in Bangladesh will not pose the same threat as his team has faced the Afghans.
“Afghanistan has a world-class bowling alley. We know Fizz (Mustafizur Rahman) is a good bowler. Shakib is a world-class bowler. But apart from them, there are no world-class bowlers around. So if we compare with Afghanistan, Bangladesh is the easier opponent,” said Shanaka after the crushing defeat.
“We had to ask our batters if they were ready. We knew that Farooqi rotated the ball both ways. Naveen-ul-Haq also swung it most of the time. It didn’t look like it. in our conditions; these pitchers missed a little bit more, we Shanaka said.
Speaking before the game, Bangladesh’s all-around athlete Mehedy Hasan said his team wanted to respond to Shanaka’s request on the field.
“I don’t want to comment that this team is good and this team is bad. I think good and bad are proven on the pitch. A good team can lose if they play badly on that particular day and likewise a team. bad can win if they play the game of cricket well.
”We will meet on the pitch and at the end of the day the good team will win the game and what I feel is that we have to prove it on the pitch because if we play well everyone will know who the good team is. and who’s the bad team so instead of predicting in advance, I think it’s important to play well on the field,” Hasan said.
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