ICC World Cup 2019, Match 16: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka – Fantain Fantasy Cricket Tips

Here is all you need to read for both the teams before picking your Fantain XI.

Sri Lankan team
Sri Lankan team. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s rain washed game against Pakistan probably earned them a point and saved them a loss. Bangladesh dropped in form after losing to New Zealand and England and see this match as a good opportunity to win two points. Here is all you need to read for both the teams before picking your Fantain XI.

Team News:


Seen as a team that could make a big difference to the top order, Bangladesh has the potential to make it to the next round, if not the semi-finals. Their thrashing against England should give them a perspective about what they are in for this World Cup.


Apart from Shakib and Mushfiqur, players like Mithun and Mahmudullah must provide more anchor to the team’s batting lineup. Hassan and Hossain’s spinning contribution might come in handy.

Probable XI: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin

Sri Lanka

The collapse of the batting is a wake-up call for the team that were once true lions in ODI matches. From being able to score a century within ten overs, Sri Lanka has fallen a long way. When it comes to their bowling, players like Malinga and Dhananjaya de Silva must take charge of the game.

According to statistics, their middle order has an average of 26.94 runs per wicket and this is the lowest in the past one year. Sri Lanka must snap out of it and get into shape if they hope to make it to the next round. As of now, it looks very dismal for them.

Injury: Nuwan Pradeep has suffered a dislocation and a cut in his small finger on his bowling arm, during practices today. He will miss this match.

Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne/Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Lakmal

Top Picks

Shakib Al Hasan: The highest run scorer of World Cup 2019 so far (260 runs) his strike rate stands at 95.94. He is the player to have in your Fantain Fantasy Lineup.

Soumya Sarkar: He has not yet shown his complete potential, but he is vital to the Bangladesh lineup.

K Perera: A handy wicket-keeper, Perera is the spark in the batting lineup who could take the team’s score to new levels.

Mushfiqur Rahim: Yes, he slipped during wicket-keeping against NZ but he has been a good batsman and deserves to be on the lineup.

Our recommendation

Batsmen: Soumya Sarkar, D Karunaratne, Tamim Iqbal / Mithun

Bowlers: Mehedi Hasan, Mustafizur R, Malinga

All-Rounders: Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad S, T Perera

WK: M Rahim, Kusal Perera

This is our Fantain Fantasy XI but you’re the real expert.