Dhaka, Mar 19: Sri Lanka can do India a huge favour by defeating Bangladesh in the last league match of the Asia Cup on Tuesday. India's progress to the final depends on this match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Pakistan are already in the final to be played on March 22, Thursday. They await their opponents now.
Pakistan head the points table with nine points followed by India with eight. Bangladesh have four while Sri Lanka are still on nought after two losses.
If Bangladesh win on Tuesday without a bonus point, then they will be tied with India on points. In that scenario, head-to-head record will determine the finalist and it will put hosts in the summit clash as they had beaten India in the league phase.
India will be hoping for a Sri Lankan win to help them meet their arch rival Pakistan again on Thursday.
Sri Lanka arrived in Bangladesh with full of confidence after reaching the tri-series final in Australia recently. However, they have slumped to two losses in a row and are out of contention for final.
Bangladesh ran Pakistan close in the opener before going down by 21 runs. They put up a fine show against India to cut short their celebration after Sachin Tendulkar had recorded a historic 100 international ton milestone.
The hosts will hope to repeat that performance and gift their loyal fans with a final berth. Young Nasir Hossain is the one to watch out for in the batting department.
Opener Tamim Iqbal will also be in confident mood after two half centuries. Shakib Al Hasan and captain Mushfiqur Rahim are also the key for Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka will rely again on captain Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Lasith Malinga.
Their talented batsman Dinesh Chandimal has failed in two innings with just 13 runs. He needs to fire if the Islanders have to go back home with a win.
Sri Lanka lost to India in the last edition's Asia Cup final at home. And this time they have failed to live up to expectations.
The Indian team and the whole of India will be rooting for Sri Lanka to emerge triumphant.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Shaminda Eranga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Farveez Maharoof, Sachithra Senanayake, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Mahmudullah (vice-captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, Nazmul Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Anamul Haque.
Umpires: Steve Davis and Paul Reiffel (both Australia)
Third Umpire: S Ravi (India)
Match Referee: David Boon (Australia)
Match starts at 1.30 PM IST
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