Sri Lanka have won both their matches. It’s easy to be misled by this statement, until you take into account that they struggled to chase down a paltry total of 165 against Bangladesh, only managing to win it by five wickets. In the next game, they nearly allowed Afghanistan to get away with an improbable heist, only to deny them by 2 runs in the end – partially down to lack of information for the Afghanistan team.
With Afghanistan almost gunning down 292 in 37.1 overs, Sri Lanka’s bowling is a concern, with only two bowlers going at less than 7 runs an over in the game against Afghanistan. The solidity of the top order was called into question in the chase against Bangladesh, but the batting, in general, has got the job done as a unit.
Bangladesh have had serious concerns regarding their batting, particularly outside of the experienced pair of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib al Hasan. Nazmul Shanto, who scored a hundred and an 89, was ruled out of the tournament due to a hamstring niggle, which has seriously hurt Bangladesh’s batting.
The bowling has shown a lot more potency and heart, but at this stage, a complete performance is the call of the hour, with consistency.