Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will face off in an Asia Cup 2022 eliminator, with the loser team exiting the competition. While Sri Lanka lost their first game against Afghanistan. Bangladesh also fell victim to Mohammad Nabi’s army of spinners, leaving the match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to decide the second slot from Group B in the Super Four.
Both sides’ voices have grown louder in the days leading up to the crucial game.
Dasun Shanaka first took a swipe at Bangladesh by comparing their team to Afghanistan’s.
“Afghanistan has a world-class bowling attack,” Shanaka had said.
“We know Fizz is a good bowler. Shakib is a world-class bowler. But apart from them, there is no world-class bowler on the side. So if we compare with Afghanistan, Bangladesh is an easier opponent.”
I don’t see any bowlers in Sri Lanka
Shanaka’s remark was not well received in the Bangladeshi camp, with team director Khaled Mahmud strongly disagreeing with him and assistant coach Naveed Nawaz supporting him.
Khaled Mahmud, the director of the Bangladesh team, has responded to Dasun Shanaka’s contentious remark that Bangladesh only has a few bowlers of the highest calibre. He made fun of Shanaka by remarking that Lanka lacked any good bowlers in their lineup.
“I don’t know why Dasun made that comment,” Mahmud said.
“Definitely Afghanistan has a better squad. He said we have only two bowlers in our line-up, but I don’t see any bowlers in Sri Lanka. At least Bangladesh has world-class bowlers like Mustafiz and Shakib. They don’t even have that. It is not about the words. It is about how you play the game.”
It’s time for Sri Lankan bowlers to show the class
Mahela Jayawardene joined in on social media to counter the Bangladesh team director’s remark and tweeted: “Looks like it’s time for @OfficialSLC bowlers to show the class and batters to show who they are on the field.”
The Asia Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is today. The match between Pakistan and Hong Kong on Friday will determine the third team in the Super Four stage, with the victors joining India and Afghanistan there.