ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 preview: Rain biggest threat in Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh clash

Industry:
As with the previous fixture at the County Ground a few days ago, inclement weather threatens to dominate Tuesday’s match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The Sri Lankan team have been camped in Bristol since June 5, and have not had to take the field. On June 7, their match with Pakistan here was washed out without a ball bowled, which gave them one point. Coming after a loss to New Zealand and a narrow win over Afghanistan, Sri Lanka will be desperate to get any sort of match on Tuesday.

With the weather forecast looking bad for game day, even a T20 will do for both teams.

Over the last two years, in ODIs, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are level at 2-2. Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh’s skipper, did not choose to dwell on that a day before this match. For him, the talk about Bangladesh having beaten Bangladesh in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups amounted to zilch, because when the teams met last week his was on the wrong end of a heavy loss.

With two defeats in a row, Bangladesh is struggling to play catch up when it comes to the semi-finals. Mortaza spoke of how tough it is for the team to make it because he expected to beat New Zealand. The situation is uphill for his team, and with the weather not looking promising the frustration could pile up on Bangladesh.

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