Asia Cup, 2018
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Group B, Match 01
After weeks of build-up and anticipation, the fourteenth edition of the Asia Cup will finally get underway on Saturday, September 15th.
Venue:- Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Match Timings:- Saturday, September 15th, 2018, 05:00 PM IST
The first game of the 2018 Asia Cup will see rivals Sri Lanka taking on Bangladesh. The lead-up to the tournament has not been ideal for both sides with a plethora of their players suffering from an injury.
Sri Lanka will be without the services of Danusha Gunathilaka and Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal (hairline fracture).
As for Bangladesh, talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan requires a surgery on his left finger but has derailed it back till the Asia Cup while Tamim Iqbal and Nazmul Hossain have a swollen right finger and injury in the bowling hand respectively.
Injuries withstanding, it promises to be a pulsating encounter between the two sides. During the course of the past twelve months, the two sides have been involved in the edge-of-a-seat encounter.
While Sri Lanka pipped hosts Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the tri-nation series back in January, Bangladesh spoiled Sri Lanka’s Independence celebration (Nidahas Trophy) back in March to knock them out of the tournament.
Bangladesh come into this tournament on the back of a 2-1 series win over the Windies, Sri Lanka endured yet another bilateral series loss; 2-3 against South Africa. Bangladesh has a full-strength squad to choose from with the core of Tamim, Shakib, Mortaza, Mustafizur, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim.
While Sri Lanka will be bolstered by the addition of their talismanic fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who makes a comeback to the side after a year. With Afghanistan as the third side in the Group, both sides will like to get to a winning start to the tournament.
Read on for more BAN vs SL Team News and BAN vs SL Playing 11
The wickets in Dubai are inherently low and slow coupled with pristine conditions to bat in the afternoon. With the humidity expected to increase in the evening session, chasing will be difficult with spinners expected to rule the roost.
BAN vs SL Team News
BAN vs SL Squads:-
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Nazmul Hossain Liton Das, Ariful Haque, Mominul Haque, Abu Hider, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Nazmul Islam, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Angelo Mathews (c), Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Upul Tharanga, Amila Aponso, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Mendis
BAN vs SL Playing 11:-
Here’s how both teams might line-up for BAN vs SL:-
Wicketkeeper:- Mushfiqur Rahim
Batsmen:- Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Ariful Haque
All-rounders:- Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain
Bowlers:- Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain
Wicketkeeper:- Niroshan Dickwella
Batsmen:- Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews
All-rounders:- Thisara Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Dasun Shanaka
Bowlers:- Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal (Doubt:- Kasun Rajitha)
BAN vs SL Key Players
BAN vs SL Dream11 Team:-
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