Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera said on Tuesday that the absence of all-rounder Sakib al Hasan would be a blow for hosts Bangladesh in the upcoming Twenty20 international series against his side.
Sakib will miss the first of two Twenty20 internationals, scheduled on Thursday, as he failed to recover sufficiently from a finger injury that he sustained in the tri-series final against the same opponents in late January.
‘Everyone is known he [Sakib] is a talented player. He can change the game. So, I think, its big blow for Bangladesh team without Sakib,’ Thisara said on the sideline of a training session in Mirpur.
Thisara joined Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 squad ahead of the series after he was left out of the Test side.
Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh 1-0 in the Test series thanks to their 215-run win in the second and final Test in Dhaka.
The visitors also won the preceding tri-series, which made them favourites for Twenty20s.
Thisara, who helped Sri Lanka make a turnaround in their fortune after defeats in their first two matches, however, suggested that it would not be easy for them to win the Twenty20 series.
‘Cricket is a game where you can’t tell who will win or lose,’ said Thisara. ‘But the team who will do fewer mistakes in the match will be victorious.
‘I know Bangladesh will try to come back strongly because they lost two back-to-back series-one-day series and Test series. I hope they come better than the last two series.
‘[But] obviously, I am Sri Lankan and I’ll always tell that Sri Lanka are favourites in T20 series.’
Thisara was hopeful that they would be able to carry on the momentum that they got in the Test series.
‘I think as a one-day player we gave the good momentum to the Test players. I think they grabbed the momentum also. Now we have to do our T20 matches whatever they do,’ he said.
The second and final match of the series will be held in Sylhet on Sunday.
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