With Sri Lanka and Pakistan having already booked their places in the final of Asia Cup 2014, the final league game of between hosts Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be an inconsequential one. As hosts Bangladesh have had a terrible run in the Asia Cup , having lost their matches in the competition, one of which was an embarrassing loss to debutantes Afghanistan.
Sri Lanka on the other hand have won all their games so far and will target another one to extend the winning streak going into the final. A loss against the battling Bangladeshi side, in all probability, might derail their preparation ahead of the final against Pakistan.
Today’s last match of the round-robin phase of the Asia Cup 2014 is just academic with Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka in Mirpur. While Bangladesh will use the match as an opportunity to save face as hosts, Sri Lanka will use it as a practice match ahead of the big final against Pakistan on Saturday. Both sides can also use it as a practice match before the T20 World Cup.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Shamsur Rahman, Anamul Haque (wk), Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah Riad, Arafat Sunny, Rubel Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Ashan Priyanjan, Chaturanga de Silva, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanyake, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal.