The BCCI enlisted Pulmonologist Dr. Randeep Guleria to assess the situation, and under his guidance, measures like water sprinklers and air purifiers were implemented in the stadium. The air quality within the stadium improved to acceptable levels. The ICC, BCCI, DDCA, and Delhi Government collaborated to monitor and mitigate air quality concerns, allowing the match to proceed as scheduled.
According to ICC playing conditions, umpires can suspend play if conditions are deemed dangerous or unreasonable. The match referee, Richie Richardson, would be the final authority in considering Delhi’s pollution in the context of weather and safety.
Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka canceled practice sessions due to the poor air quality, with some players wearing masks. In 2017, Sri Lankan players had faced similar issues, even vomiting on the field during a Test match against India.
The match holds significance as both teams aim to avoid finishing in the bottom two spots and secure a spot in the Champions Trophy, with Sri Lanka facing a challenging task to improve their net run rate after a heavy defeat by India. Bangladesh has already been knocked out of the semifinals race.
Match Details :
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- Fixture: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 38th Match
- Date: November 6
- Time: 2:00 PM IST
- Location: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
- Weather Expectations: Polluted air with a poor Air Quality Index (AQI). The pitch has seen high-scoring games recently, but expecting another high-scoring match from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka may be ambitious, given their recent batting struggles.
- Dushan Hemantha replaced Dhananjaya de Silva in the previous match against India but had an expensive outing. Sri Lanka might consider bringing de Silva back or opting for Dunith Wellalage. Kusal Perera could replace Dimuth Karunaratne.
- Mushfiqur Rahim had an injury scare but is expected to be available for the game. If he can’t keep wickets, Litton Das can take over. Mahedi Hasan or Nasum Ahmed might come in, and Mehidy Hasan Miraz might open if they decide to leave Tanzid Hasan out.
Tactics & Strategy:
- Sri Lanka can use Dushmantha Chameera in the middle overs, especially when facing Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. Chameera has been successful against them, having dismissed them twice each. Bangladesh has struggled against left-arm pace, and the in-form Dilshan Madhushanka can be a significant challenge for them.
Probable Sri Lanka XI:
- Pathum Nissanka
- Kusal Perera/Dimuth Karunaratne
- Kusal Mendis (c & wk)
- Sadeera Samarawickrama
- Charith Asalanka
- Angelo Mathews
- Dunith Wellalage/Dhananjaya de Silva
- Maheesh Theekshana
- Kasun Rajitha
- Dushmantha Chameera
- Dilshan Madushanka
- Bangladesh might focus their attack on Kusal Mendis with Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, and Shakib Al Hasan, as they have dismissed him twice each. Shoriful Islam can be a good option against Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera.
Probable Bangladesh XI:
- Litton Das
- Mehidy Hasan Miraz
- Najmul Hossain Shanto
- Shakib Al Hasan (c)
- Mushfiqur Rahim (wk)
- Towhid Hridoy
- Mahedi Hasan/Nasum Ahmed
- Taskin Ahmed
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Shoriful Islam