Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup ODI: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview

Richard Morgan@Richiereds1976Contributor IMarch 5, 2014

Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera, center, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Afghanistan’s Nawroz Mangal during the Asia Cup one-day international cricket tournament between them in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
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Hosts Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka in what is the last round-robin fixture in Dhaka on Thursday ahead of the Asia Cup final two days later.

And while this match is for all intents and purposes a dead rubber, with Bangladesh having lost all three of their contests to date, while Sri Lanka have won all their three, try telling that to the capacity crowd expected in at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

 

What: Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka

Where: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka

When: Thursday, March. 6, 8 a.m. GMT/ 2 p.m. local time

Live Stream/TV info: Star Life OK (Sky Channel 783, UK)

Squads

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Anamul Haque (wk), Imrul Kayes, Shamsur Rahman, Naeem Islam, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Ziaur Rahman, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardena, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Chaturanga De Silva, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Ashan Priyanjan

Form

Bangladesh: Despite having lost all three encounters so far, the hosts have actually put up spirited displays against more fancied opponents India and Pakistan, but they were surprisingly upset by minnows Afghanistan in between those two games though.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews and Co. remain the only unbeaten side left in the competition as they prepare for their last contest before Saturday’s final. As such, it would represent something of a shock were they not to make it four wins out of four against Bangladesh.

Key Men

Bangladesh

Mushfiqur Rahim: The skipper has been one of his country’s few shining lights in the tournament to date, which is perhaps a result of the 25-year-old having now handed over the wicket-keeping duties to opener Anamul Haque.

As a result, the new No. 4 has impressed massively by making scores of 117 against India, 23 versus Afghanistan and an unbeaten 51 in defeat to Pakistan on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka

Kumar Sangakkara: The experienced wicketkeeper-batsman carried on his sensational recent form with the bat in Monday’s thrashing of minnows Afghanistan in Dhaka, with the 36-year-old earning a second consecutive man-of-the-match award after top scoring with 76.

And with a mammoth total of 246 runs to his name so far in the tournament, Sanga is very much the man in form at the moment as far as Sri Lanka are concerned.

Other information

Weather: We are expecting a low of 16 degrees Celsius and a high of 27 degrees Celsius, with bright sunshine throughout, for this Asia Cup contest.

Pitch: The pitch has held up well throughout the tournament, producing high-scoring, tight games with the exception of Sri Lanka's win against Afghanistan.

Twice the teams chasing have won with just a few wickets to spare, so this one could too go down to the last few overs.

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