Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Highlights 1st ODI 2013. Australia vs Sri Lanka 1st Odi Highlights 23rd March 2013, Hambantota. BAN vs Sri Cricket Highlights 2013. Watch Bangladesh Tour of Sri Lanka Highlights 2013.
When well-established sides encounter opposition they are expected to beat comfortably, it has long been a cliché for captains to ensure the public knows they are not being complacent. Throughout the tour so far Angelo Mathews has been careful to talk Bangladesh up as a side that posed a serious threat to Sri Lanka. Several times he has even highlighted his opponents’ menace by invoking Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup loss to Bangladesh last year. “They are an improved side,” Mathews has said at almost every opportunity, with “we have to play well to beat them” usually coming after.
But despite his eagerness to dispel thoughts that the team has let its standards slip, on the eve of the first ODI in Hambantota, Mathews also said Sri Lanka were already looking beyond the series at hand. After the three ODIs and Twenty20 against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka have no international commitments for two months (thanks to Sri Lanka Cricket’s commitment to making its players available for the entire IPL), and their next assignment is a major one: the Champions Trophy in June.
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