Daijiworld Media Network
Dhaka, Mar 20 : Welcome to one and all for this enthralling clash between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The home team will be desparate for a win and will know that a victory here would catapult them into the final. Sri Lanka on the other hand have just pride to play for since they cannot make it to the final now, however, sometimes pride in itself can act as a voracious motivating factor. It looks set for a nail biter with the hosts in good form, so sit back and enjoy the cricket that is set to unfold at Mirpur.
Sri Lanka are out of the tournament and will be keen on leaving Bangladesh with at least a win under their belts while the Bangladeshi's will go all-out for another upset and get their place in the finals.
Pitch Report: Rain has been predicted later on in the day. The pitch looks very good for batting, but the outfield might be slow. It will be a difficult decision for the team winning the toss, reckons Sunil Gavaskar
Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to field
Mushfiqur: We will bowl. We have chased well in this tournament and we will look to restrict them. We are confident about our abilities. Nazmul Hossain is in for the injured Shafiul.
Mahela: It is not that difficult to motivate the team. All the teams will like to chase on this track, but we need to put runs on the board. We have made 2 changes. Chandimal woke up with a bad stomach and has been ruled out. Sekkuge Prasanna has been replaced by Sachitra Senanayake. Chamara Kapugedera will also get a game.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Mahela Jayawardene(c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Chamara Kapugedera, Upul Tharanga, Farveez Maharoof, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim(w/c), Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Nazmul Hossain, Shahadat Hossain