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Bangladesh looks for early upset in Champions Trophy qualifying

Bangladesh looks for early upset in Champions Trophy qualifying

Bangladesh cricket captain Habibul Bashar is confident his team can create an upset against Sri Lanka in its opening limited-overs qualifier for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament .
Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka for the first time in 17 limited-overs internationals when it claimed a home victory in February.
That Sri Lankan team was without top players Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, but Bashar believes Bangladesh can repeat the result.
"We have to believe that we can do it again," he said. "Definitely that win is in our mind and we can beat them again.
"If things go according to our plans, it might be our day tomorrow," said Bashar, who missed the last ICC Champions Trophy at England two years ago with a broken thumb.
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is also wary of Bangladesh's ability to spring a surprise after his team's loss at Bogra.
"We have always taken them (Bangladesh) very seriously," Jayawardene said. "They are bound to create upsets because they are playing international cricket consistently for the last six to seven years."
Former Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu is back in an imposing Sri Lankan batting lineup after nursing a back injury since March.
Without Atapattu, Sri Lanka recorded an emphatic 5-0 limited-overs win over England with experienced Sanath Jayasuriya and Jayawardene showing top form with the bat.
"We have a flexible batting order and I will consider batting at number three because it has been successful for the team," Jayawardene said.
Under the new tournament format, Sri Lanka, defending champion West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will play each other once each in the qualifying stage, with the top two teams advancing to the main round beginning Oct. 17.
World No. 1 Australia, England and India are placed in Group A when the Champions Trophy proper gets underway, while Group B comprises Pakistan, South Africa and New Zealand.
Sri Lanka's Australian coach Tom Moody says playing in the qualifying round will benefit his side should it advance to the main tournament.
"We would have at least three matches before the main round begins and it's good for us," he said.
Moody said evening dew day/night Champions Trophy matches might cause trouble for the teams fielding second under lights as the ball gets heavier and doesn't help either fast bowlers or the spinners.
"The dew is going to be a factor in most places throughout this whole Champions Trophy," Moody predicted. "It will be no different at this ground."
Super soppers and dry ropes might be used during the drinks intervals at night to dry the outfield. However, Moody said he was not preoccupied with the dew factor, at least for the opening game.
"We are going into this match with open mind that it's not absolutely be critical to bowl or bat first according to the conditions," Moody said.
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Teams:
Sri Lanka (from): Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu, Upul Tharanga, Tillkaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedara, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Ruchira Perera, Dilhara Fernando, Lasith Malinga, Malinga Bandara, Muttiah Muralitharan.
Bangladesh (from): Habibul Bashar (captain), Shahriar Nafees, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Mohammad Ashraful, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rajin Saleh, Abdur Razzak, Aftab Ahmed, Syed Rasel, Shahadat Hossain, Farhad Reja, Saqibul Hasan, Mehrab Hossain.
Umpires: Steve Bucknor, West Indies, Daryl Harper, Australia. TV Umpire: Simon Taufel, Australia. Match Referee: Mike Procter, South Africa.


Updated : 2021-04-17 11:36 GMT+08:00