As with the previous fixture at the County Ground a few days ago, inclement weather threatens to dominate Tuesday's match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
In Sri Lanka perspective, their victory over Afghanistan in Cardiff a week ago was one they simply had to get however it came and indeed they did get it, although in a far from convincing fashion, losing 7 wickets for 36 runs in the space of 11 overs when they batted. It is the batting collapse of the tournament so far, an accolade they won't enjoy. Their bowlers, particularly Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga, dug them out a hole, though, and secured the win but it wasn't the confidence inducing performance that they would have hoped for after their first game loss to New Zealand.
Nuwan Pradeep dislocated a finger in training on Sunday and will miss the match as he recovers. In the absence of another fast-bowler in the squad, he could be replaced by spin bowling all-rounder Jeevan Mendis, who played against New Zealand.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, have played some good cricket in all three of their matches so far. The defeat of South Africa at The Oval was a victory and performance of huge significance. Defeats to New Zealand and England since have been a come down but against New Zealand, they pushed through all the way, almost snatching a victory. The 106-run defeat against England was a disappointing showing overall but Shakib Al Hasan's fine hundred was a reminder of the skill Mashrafe Mortaza's team.
Bangladesh could replace Mohammad Mithun with Liton Das in the middle order. In addition to that, they could include seamer Rubel Hossain in place of Mehidy Hasan.
Pitch report:- The pitch carries a little grass and a good bounce. As both the teams are not in good form in this addition of World Cup, so both were looking for a win because it's a must win match for them to stay alive in the World Cup.
Weather forecast:- The forecast is horrendous for the match, with the forecast 24 hours before the start predicting a 90% chance of rain for most of the day. If that turns into reality, chances of any play are minimum, mainly with the rain that has fallen in the south-west over the past few days.
Facts:- Bangladesh have won the only ODI they have played in Bristol while Sri Lanka have no wins in three matches played here.
Mashrafe Mortaza's bowling figures in the last five ODIs read: 35-0-224-1.
Head to head:- 0-3 in favour of Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
Sri Lanka Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga