Sri Lanka are favorites to beat Bangladesh in the third match, which is to be played on Saturday (March 10th, 2018) of the ongoing T20I Tri Series. The hosts are on a high after beating India in the first match by 5 wickets with 9 balls to spare.
On the other hand, performance of Bangladesh was not up to the mark in the second match against India. Losing their star all-rounder Shakib al Hasan to injury is not at all working in their favor.
Let us look at key stats in the Twenty 20 Internationals played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh till date:
Head to Head in T20Is:
Played – 9; Sri Lanka Won – 7; Bangladesh won – 2.
Sri Lanka enjoys a comfortable lead in the shortest format of the game having won 7 out of the 9 games played. The two wins for Bangladesh have come in 2016 (in Dhaka) & 2017 (in Colombo).
Sri Lanka have to be very careful as Bangladesh has defeated Sri Lanka at the same venue, where the third match will take place, when these two sides last met in April 2017.
Highest Scores in an innings:
At the moment, none of the Bangladeshi players seem like getting past the fifty-run mark in the ongoing Tri Series. Their performance against India on Thursday (Mar 8th, 2018) was way below par. However, in the past they have played some superb knocks against Sri Lanka.
Best Bowling figures in an Inns:
Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh picked up 4/21 in their famous win against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in 2017, which are also the best bowling figures for any player from both the sides in the games played against each other.
None of the other players managed to pick up a 4-wkt haul. Lasith Malinga’s 3 for 20 in the Chittagong T20I in 2014 stands at the second position in this list.
Highest and Lowest Team totals against each other:
Sri Lanka were only once successful in getting past the 200 mark – 210/4 in Feb 2018. Their lowest T20I total against Bangladesh is 123/7 (in 2014).
Coming to Bangladesh, the highest team total for them against Sri Lanka is 193/5 (in 2018) and the lowest total is 83 (in 2007).
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