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Sri Lanka Chamika Karunaratne (centre) prepares to bowl during a practice session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Tuesday. Image Credit: AFP

Chittagong: Sri Lanka are fired up to fight against rivals Bangladesh in their strongest format when their One-day International series begins this week, coach Chris Silverwood said on Tuesday.

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The current tour has seen both teams needling each other over the first timed-out dismissal in the 146-year history of international cricket during their World Cup clash last year.

Sri Lanka brought up the incident after clinching the tour’s Twenty20 series on Saturday, prompting Bangladesh to accuse their opponents of failing to move on.

“The rivalry is obviously great. I think we need good competition,” Silverwood told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s opener in Chittagong.

“We’re going to play some competitive cricket. I expect exactly the same again ... And obviously both teams will be looking for the same, I should imagine.”

Sri Lanka’s Mathews became the first player in the history of international cricket to be timed out during the World Cup match against Bangladesh.

Mathews was declared out after he failed to take strike within the stipulated time of two minutes.

He attempted to argue he had a problem with his helmet strap but the umpires upheld the decision when Bangladesh chose not to withdraw their appeal.

Sri Lanka reignited the row over Mathews’ dismissal after celebrating by pointing to their wrists after winning the third and final T20 match.

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Bangladesh's cricketers attend a practice session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Tuesday. Image Credit: AFP

Moved on

Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto reacted by saying the tourists “haven’t moved on from the timed-out incident” and were “in a frenzy about it”.

The match also saw Bangladesh batsman Towhid Hridoy fined 15 per cent of his match fees for remonstrating “aggressively and inappropriately” with Sri Lankan players after he was dismissed, according to an International Cricket Council statement.

Bangladesh has traditionally prospered in 50-over matches and were undefeated at home in the format for seven years until 2023, when they lost against both England and Afghanistan.

Najmul said his men were expecting to return to form against Sri Lanka, whom they beat 2-1 during their last ODI series encounter in 2021.

“We played very good cricket from 2015 to 2022. So it can be a bad year. But it’s important to bounce back as a team and come back well this year,” he said.

The second and third matches in the series will be held on March 15 and 18.