Commonly referred to as the Singer Akai Nidahas trophy, the famous Nidahas trophy was played for the first time in Sri Lanka in 1998 between 19th June to 7th July, as a way of commemorating 50 years of the independence. During that time, the organizers set aside a one-day international cricket tournament that involved international teams such as India and New Zealand. The requirements of the game dictated each team to compete with the other in three rounds with the winning two getting a slot in the finals. Being a rainy season, the tournament faced a lot of challenges with the disruption of rain leading to the cancellation of some finalist games. Nevertheless, India emerged victorious with 6 runs over hosts Sri Lanka. It was a period marked with lots of fun and celebrations.
In 2018, the Nidahas trophy is set to take place in March with Sri Lanka, India, and Bangladesh being the main players. This year’s match is in honor of the 70 years on independence to the Sri Lanka people. With each participating team set to play each other twice, their fixture involves Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka vs. India and Bangladesh vs. India all in two rounds. The match is popularly referred to as the tri-nation series 2018 live.
The match of Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh seems to attract more attention compared to the fixture of India. This could be attributed to the fact that both teams have a strong winning history with the competition expected to be stiff. Given last year’s full series encounter between the Sri Lanka and Bangladesh teams that ended in shared honors, the two teams must prove themselves come March.
However, based on past encounters, Bangladesh has some chances over Sri Lanka with numerous new players at their disposal. The team has several uncapped players and has displayed uncertain starters in the past. Therefore for them to win Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh fixture, they will have to work on maximizing their strengths and weigh chances with their strongest players.
On the other hand, Sir Lanka has an upper arm as the team has recorded good wins in the recent past more especially with the recent 5 out of 7 wins in recent T20 live series where Bangladesh seemed to lag behind with only one win in Mirpur. With some of the Sri Lanka players coming from the Bangladesh Premier League, it is much easier to predict their competitor’s moves and tricks.
But still, there are equal chances for the two teams given that they have had numerous opportunities to play together hence maximizing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Some of the strengths of team Sri Lanka include; The most experienced fast bowlers such as Suranga, Malinga, and Nuwan and strong young batters. However, its spinner side is wanting, and the absenteeism of senior cricketers brings down the mentorship rate.
On the other hand. Bangladesh is known to have a visionary captain with good field tricks. However, lack of proper disciplinary measures makes the team lack the seriousness it deserves.
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