BAN vs SL Match Preview

The absence of Tamim Iqbal has been sorely felt by Bangladesh, as he has been a consistent source of stability for the top order. Meanwhile, Litton Das, who is considered the face of a new Bangladesh team, has been inconsistent in this tournament.

Despite being the top run-scorer for Bangladesh in 2023, Najmul Hossain Shanto has failed to replicate his success on the big stage, while Tanzid Hasan has not been able to make the most of the opportunities given to him by the selectors.

This puts immense pressure on the experienced duo of Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim to score runs. The bowling unit has also struggled, with Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed failing to make an impact with the new ball and towards the death.

Shakib has only managed to pick up 7 wickets in 6 matches, while Shoriful Islam and Mehidy Hasan Miraz have been the only bowlers to have some impact on the proceedings. 

Right from the outset, Sri Lanka's campaign has been marred by injuries. Wanindu Hasaranga, who is the team’s best spinner, had to miss the entire tournament, while Dasun Shanaka, Matheesha Pathirana, and Lahiru Kumara had to pull out at various stages, further weakening the squad.

The selectors did bring in reinforcements in the form of Angelo Mathews, Chamika Karunaratne, and Dushmantha Chameera, but to no avail. In a new low, the team suffered a 302-run defeat at the hands of India in their latest fixture, which is one of the worst defeats for the team in terms of runs.

However, there are a few silver linings for them. Dilshan Madushanka picked up his first-ever ODI fifer in the match against India and is now the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. Pathum Nissanka and Sadeera Samarawickrama have been consistent performers with the bat throughout the last couple of weeks.


Weather Report

The weather will be clear with no clouds and the temperature will remain below 30 degrees Celsius. 

Pitch Report

The Arun Jaitley Stadium offers an excellent batting surface and has already hosted some high-scoring matches in this tournament. It will be a similar case in this match and we can expect plenty of runs. The team batting first will look to get at least 300 runs to feel comfortable.

There is very little grass on the surface and the seamers will need to toil hard to pick up wickets. The spinners will get some grip and turn in the second half.

Notable stats

Sri Lanka: Batting Woes

Sri Lanka has had a terrible run with their batting in 2023. The team has been dismissed for less than 100 runs on 4 occasions in 2023, which is the worst-ever performance by a test-playing nation in this regard.

Team News

There are no updates regarding injuries from either side. 


BAN vs SL Probable 11

BAN Playing 11

  • Litton Das
  • Najmul Hossain Shanto
  • Tanzid Hasan
  • Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk)
  • Mehidy Hasan Miraz
  • Shakib Al-Hasan (C)
  • Mahmudullah
  • Towhid Hridoy
  • Taskin Ahmed
  • Mustafizur Rahman
  • Shoriful Islam

SL Playing 11

  • Pathum Nissanka
  • Chamika Karunaratne
  • Kusal Mendis (C)
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama
  • Charith Asalanka
  • Angelo Mathews
  • Dushan Hemantha
  • Kasun Rajitha
  • Maheesh Theekshana
  • Dilshan Madushanka
  • Dushmantha Chameera
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing Sri Lanka to win this match. While they are far from being perfect, Sri Lanka has a better team compared to Bangladesh. The latter has looked out of depth in all departments and is likely to continue struggling. Also, Sri Lanka has a good head-to-head record against Bangladesh, which will give the team some amount of confidence. 


Top Picks

Sadeera Samarawickrama: Sadeera Samarawickrama is the leading run-scorer for Sri Lanka in this tournament. He has scored 331 runs at an average of 66.20. His knocks include a century and 2 half-centuries.

Pathum Nissanka: Pathum Nissanka has emerged as a reliable opener for Sri Lanka in this tournament. He has 5 scores of 40+ in his last 6 innings.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz: Mehidy Hasan Miraz has scored 169 runs in this tournament and is also the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh with 9 wickets. 


BAN vs SL Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: K Mendis (C), S Sameerawickrama, L Das

Batters: P Nissanka, Mahmudullah

All-rounders: S Al Hasan, M Hasan Miraz (VC)

Bowlers: A Mathews, D Madushanka, K Rajitha, S Islam

BAN vs SL Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction