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  23 Oct 2021, 18:05
Update : 23 Oct 2021, 18:10

Sharjah wickets make Tigers upbeat to beat Sri Lanka

   DHAKA, Oct 23, 2021 (BSS)-Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo sensed a
chance to beat Sri Lanka in their Twenty20 World Cup Super 12s opener
tomorrow (Sunday) after seeing the slow nature of the wicket of Sharjah
Stadium, which he termed as similar to wickets in Sher-e-Bangla National
Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

   "These types of conditions can suit us. Sharjah is similar to the wickets
in Dhaka. Hopefully that can assist us in tomorrow's game," a delighted
Domingo said ahead of the match.

   Bangladesh won the last two matches between the two sides in this format-a
thing which will bolster their confidence also. However they couldn't do
quite well against the Lankans in the other two formats of the cricket in the
recent time.

   Nevertheless, Domingo is expecting a victory. His confidence also stemmed
from the form of Shakib Al Hasan and the other players who showed great
character to bounce back after the shocking defeat against Scotland in the
first game.

   "I think we have played against Sri Lanka a bit over the last couple of
months. We have had some good contests against them in ODIs and Tests. We
have a well-balanced side with skillful bowlers and some dangerous batters.
We have a world-class allrounder in Shakib," Domingo said.

   The Tigers were unable to win any game against top opposition or apart
from the qualifying round in T20 World Cup since they beat West Indies in the
inaugural edition of the tournament in 2007. But, according to Domingo, time
has come to get them out of that disappointment.

   He said Bangladeshi spinners would get the advantage since all of their
matches in the Super 12 will be held in day time, when the dew won't affect
the game. At the same time, the teams like Australia, South Africa, West
Indies, England who are in Bangladesh's group, historically couldn't play
spin well.

  "We are happy with the 2pm starts. It suits us big time. It takes dew out
of the equation. I think our spinners will come very much into the
competition. We know a lot of the other teams are focused on the dew," he
said.

   "We know anybody can beat anybody, whether you are in this group or the
other one. Both groups are equally hard. There's no advantage or disadvantage
for us."

   In Sharjah, the average score is around 150/160 even though the boundaries
are short here. The average score and the short boundary also made Bangladesh
hopeful, said Domingo.

   "The scores have come down considerably since the new wickets have been
laid. Tall bowlers who hit the wicket have always been in the game. I came
here with SA with years ago. I remember Morne Morkel was very effective, the
sort of hard length that he bowled. The ball skids through," he said "If you
bowl wicket to wicket, spin has opportunity here. Leg-before, bowled out
would come into the game. We are not known as a power-hitting side so the
(shorter boundary) could favour us."

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