Past performances don’t bother Tigers

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza feels past performances will count for nothing when his team take on Sri Lanka in a World Cup Pool A match in Melbourne on Thursday.

The Tigers do not have a very inspiring record against their Asian rivals, losing 32 out of the 37 ODI's they have played against the 1996 world champions.

Mashrafe however said that in a World Cup history does not count for much, saying they are familiar with all the players in the opposition team.

Bangladesh come into the match having comprehensively beaten Afghanistan in their first game, and then having their second encounter, against co-hosts Australia, washed-out in Brisbane.

The 31 year-old skipper said: "If we lost to Sri Lanka in the past it meant we did not play those games well, it's as simple as that. If we do well there is no reason why we can't beat them."

"We have defeated Sri Lanka in recent times and can do so again if we play to our potential.

"We are familiar with their players, who have a lot of experience. But then it takes just one ball to get a batsman out. The important thing is to stick to our plans."