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Bangladesh Vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Match 38: Three Key Battles To Look Forward To

An important battle is coming up for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, where one plays for pride and the other for keeping their semi-final hopes alive. Here are the three key battles between BAN and SL that can define the result of the match.

Sri Lankas Dilshan Madushanka celebrates the wicket of Pakistans Imam-ul-Haq with teammates
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Delhi is to bear witness a match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on Monday, November 6, 2023. Sri Lanka will be playing with all their might to win the match with a huge margin so that their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals remain alive. Though Bangladesh have already been eliminated from the tournament, they will be playing for pride and to end the tournament on a high note. (Match Blog | ScorecardStreaming | Key Battles | Full Coverage)

Making a comeback after a thrashing defeat by 302 runs against India will not be an easy task for Sri Lanka. They scored one of their lowest run totals in World Cup history, with the whole team returning to the pavilion for just 55. 

Bangladesh have struggled a lot throughout the tournament. They have lost all six of their previous matches in a row. The only win they recorded was in their first match against Afghanistan. Already out of the race for the semi-finals, Bangladesh will look to end their tournament on a positive note.

Following are the three key battles that will decide the fate in the BAN Vs SL game:  

Sadeera Samarawickrama Vs Mehidy Hassan Miraz   

In form right-handed Sri Lankan batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama has shown his calibre in the tournament so far. Playing at number four, Samarawickrama has scored 331 runs in seven matches consisting of a century and a half-century. He will be facing Mehidy Hassan Miraz, a right-arm bowler in a do-or-die match. Miraz took nine wickets in seven matches and could be a nightmare for Samarawickrama in Monday’s clash.

Pathum Nissanka Vs Shoriful Islam   

Pathum Nissanka has been playing consistently in this ODI World Cup, and, with his four fifties in the tournament, he has scored a total of 289 runs in seven matches. His start was not well against India in the previous match as Bumrah sent him back for a golden duck. Nissanka will hope for a better comeback against left-arm bowler Shoriful Islam in the clash on Monday. Islam, in seven matches, has got eight wickets and will be hunting for Nissanka in the faceoff.

Mahmudullah Riyad Vs Dilshan Madushanka    

The biggest battle on Monday will be between Mahmudullah Riyad and Dilshan Madushanka. Riyad, a right-handed batsman, has played some brilliant innings in this World Cup. He scored an excellent fifty (56 runs) in the last match, making his total 274 runs in five innings. Dilshan Madushanka, a left-arm fast bowler has been bowling extraordinarily, taking 18 wickets in seven innings. His best was 5/80 against India.

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