The second and final T20I between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be the last time we will see Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza in the shortest format of the game. In 53 T20Is, he managed 41 wickets at 36.5, with best figures of 4 for 19. Under his captaincy, Bangladesh attained new highs, and one of them includes beating Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Asia Cup T20 2016 and reaching the ultimate stage. Mortaza, for that matter, will give his all and look to end his career on winning note, beating Sri Lanka and levelling the series 1-1. Let us have a look who will he be pitted against. Full Cricket Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2nd T20I at Colombo
Mortaza vs Upul Tharanga: It is a battle between the captains. In the opener, Mortaza had Tharanga caught behind for 24. He then went on to get the better of Dilshan Munaweera. However, it is important that Bangladesh sent Tharanga packing before he finds his feet and fires on all cylinders. The onus to do so will be on the skipper Mortaza.
Kusal Perera vs Taskin Ahmed: In a pursuit of 155, Perera blasted 77 off 53. Though Taskin stopped the juggernaut from hitting the winnings runs, it was too late for Bangladesh to bounce back. If Bangladesh are to square the series like they did in Tests and ODIs, Taskin will have to buckle up and dismiss Perera with the new ball.
Tamim Iqbal vs Lasith Malinga: If you wake up Malinga in the middle of a night and ask him to bowl his force-of-habit yorkers, he would not fail. Well, such is his genius. He was born that way. And in the first match as well, he took as many as 2 deliveries to find a gap between Tamim’s bat and bat. That sling-shot action, I tell you, is hard to comprehend even after years and years of practice.
Asela Gunaratne vs Shakib Al Hasan: Gunaratne was spectacular in the T20I series Down Under. That earned him an IPL ticket. While he will fly to Mumbai after this encounter, Shakib will head to Kolkata — not far away from Bangladesh. But before that, these two will engage in a fierce battle.
Gunaratne, without much ado, will look to dictate terms to the Bangladeshi veteran. On the other hand, Shakib will use all his experience to prove who is superior in this line of work.