It’s Malinga vs Mustafizur as Bangladesh takes on Lanka

It will be a battle of bowlers with Sri Lanka led by its dashing captain Lasith Malinga, who rocked the opposition (UAE) with a four-wicket haul. Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman had an off day against India, but put up a good show against UAE.

Lasith Malinga rocked UAE's batting line-up with a four-wicket haul   -  AP

Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman (left) bounced back against UAE after an ordinary performance against India.   -  AP

It will be a battle between the pace attacks of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as the two teams square off in a crucial round robin league match of the Asia Cup T20 here tomorrow.

The match assumes significance as the winner will take a giant step towards qualifying for the summit clash of the tournament.

For Bangladesh, a victory is a must as it has already played two matches winning one and losing against India in the opener.

Both the teams beat minnows United Arab Emirates in their opening games. Sri Lanka did not need much effort even though the margin of its victory was just 14 runs while Bangladesh was more convincing in its 51-run win.

But both teams had poor outing as far as their batsmen are concerned. Sri Lanka managed 129 against an inexperienced UAE attack while Bangladesh was only slightly better, scoring 133 yesterday.

It will be a battle of bowlers with Sri Lanka led by its dashing captain Lasith Malinga, who rocked the opposition with a four-wicket haul. Mustafizur Rahman had an off day against India, but put up a good show against UAE. Amjad Javed, UAE’s kipper, conceded that it was not easy to read Mustafizur’s slow off-cutters.

So it will be a contest between Malinga’s toe-crushers and Mustafizur’s variations. Mustafizur will be aided by Al Amin, Taskin Ahmed and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.

Malinga will be supported by the experienced Nuwan Kulasekara, left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and young Dushmantha Chameera.

Both Mortaza and Malinga expect that their premier batsmen would perform well. Shabbir Rahaman, Mithun Ali and Mahmudullah Riyadh have performed well for Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka only had Dinesh Chandimal scoring a 50 while Tillekaratne Dilshan looked scratchy during his 28-ball 27.

Sri Lanka has Chamara Kapugedara in its ranks and he is considered to be a good T20 player. Sri Lanka did not play Thisara Perera in the last match but considering the conditions and his all-round skills, Malinga might think of dropping a pacer and including Perera in the line-up to bolster the batting.