With back to back series wins, the Islanders are high on confidence and well set to take the hosts down in the two-match Twenty20 series starting tomorrow at Mirpur.
After a jittery start to the year, Hathurusingha’s side has bounced back, winning the tri-series and the recently concluded 2nd Test. Bangladesh did well in the tri-series but back to back defeats gave Sri Lanka the edge.
However, the Test series was dominated by the men in blue.
Sri Lanka two places above Bangladesh, are currently in 8th place, head to head with Afghanistan with 88 points in the MRF Tyres Men’s T20I Team Rankings.
Sri Lanka Twenty20 Squad to Bangladesh
Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Shehan Madushanka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Jeevan Mendis, Asitha Fernando
Kusal Janith Perera will be replaced by Kusal Mendis as the top order batsman is yet to recover from a side strain he sustained while batting in Sri Lanka’s third ODI of the tri-nation series.
Mendis last played a T20I in February last year.
Meanwhile, skipper Angelo Mathews’ injury has prompted the selectors to bring back Dinesh Chandimal who is in good touch both as batsman and captain.
But Mathews, fit again, will return to play in the Twenty20 tri-series (Nidahas Trophy) in March 2018.
“Everyone is looking forward to the event and I am very excited. It will be a great opportunity for all the players. India are tough opponents and Bangladesh have shown some tremendous improvements over the years. I believe it will be a competitive series,” said Mathews to Cricbuzz.
Bangladesh Twenty20 Squad
Mahmudullah (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Haider, Abu Jayed, Ariful Hoque, Mahedi Hasan, Zakir Hasan, Afif Hossain and Nazmul Ismail.
Shakib Al Hasan will miss the 1st Twenty20 and Mahmudullah is set to take over as captain.
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