- Do or die fight between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Asia Cup
- The war of words started in Bangladesh-Sri Lanka before the important match
- Mahela Jayawardene also jumped in ‘Comment War’
Asia Cup 2022 BAN vs SL: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are battling for a place in the Super Four of the tournament after losing their first encounter in the Asia Cup. Both these teams had to face defeat in the first match against Afghanistan, who are the first team to qualify for the next stage from Group B. Now Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have to face each other in a do or do match. Today, before this match to be held on Thursday, a war of words has started between the two teams, due to which it has been decided to become a high-voltage match.
Bangladesh is easy opponent to Afghanistan – Dasun Shanaka
The whole affair began with Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka’s press conference where he described Bangladesh’s bowling attack as an “easier opponent” than Afghanistan. He said, “Afghanistan’s bowling attack is world class. We know Mustafizur Rahman is a good bowler and Shakib Al Hasan is world class. But apart from these two, there is no world class bowler in his team. So if we compare with Afghanistan, Bangladesh is an easy adversary.
Not a single world class bowler in Sri Lanka: Khalid Mahmood
This statement certainly raised the mercury of Bangladesh’s team director and former captain Khalid Mahmood. He went a step further and compared his team’s bowling attack to that of Sri Lanka. He said that at least two bowlers in his team Shakib and Mustafizur are world class but Sri Lanka doesn’t have one.
He said in the pre-match conference, “I don’t know why Dasun made such a comment. Of course, Afghanistan’s team is better. He said that there are only two bowlers in our team, but I do not see a single one in Sri Lanka. There are at least two world class bowlers in Bangladesh in Shakib and Mustafizur but they don’t even have them. This is not just a matter of saying. It’s up to him how you play.”
Jayawardene jumps into Bangladesh-Sri Lanka war of words
Reacting to Mahmood’s remark, Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene said that the Lankan team should answer it properly. “I think it’s time for the Sri Lankan bowlers to show their class and the batsmen on the field who they are,” he tweeted.
The teams of India and Afghanistan have already confirmed their place in the Super Four of Asia Cup. The Super Four stage of the tournament will get the third team as the winner of the match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
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