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Bangladesh-Sri Lanka face off in Asia Cup opener


The 13th version of one-day Asia Cup is ready to kick off from Saturday with Bangladesh taking up Sri Lanka in the primary fit of Group B at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Bangladesh-Sri Lanka face off in Asia Cup opener
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka avid gamers shake palms. ©bdcrictime.com


After 23 lengthy years, Asia Cup is again to United Arab Emirates. Although the hosts may now not make their technique to the primary degree, six groups will compete for the Asian glory.

World no.7 Bangladesh and international no.eight Sri Lanka have confronted every different a number of instances since 2017. Bangladesh toured Sri Lanka final 12 months after which Sri Lanka made go back excursion to Bangladesh in January-February this 12 months. Again, Tigers travelled to the island nation to participate in Nidahas Trophy in March.

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Bangladesh registered their greatest ODI win through 163 runs over Sri Lanka in a tri-series this 12 months. However, the Lankans went directly to win the collection.

Bangladesh will glance to start out on a profitable notice towards Sri Lanka. Bangladesh squad is somewhat frivolously balanced between the seniors and others. Sri Lanka were hit through the absence of Akila Dananjaya (looking forward to the start of first kid), Dinesh Chandimal and Danushka Gunathilaka (each dominated out with accidents).

Bangladesh have excellent momentum going with them after profitable ODI and T20I collection towards Windies clear of house. Sri Lanka, alternatively, misplaced to South Africa through 2-Three in ODIs at house.

Sri Lanka can have the good thing about visiting UAE regularly once they performed Pakistan. Bangladesh have now not performed any global fit right here since April 1995. Although a few of their avid gamers have taken section in leagues which held in UAE.

Sri Lanka shall be overjoyed with their massively skilled speedy bowler Lasith Malinga returning to the group. Sri Lanka are most likely to make use of one specialist spinner, Dilruwan Perera, in the fit. Dhananjaya de Silva might be picked in the XI.

Bangladesh are more likely to proceed tempo bowling mixture of Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain and skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan are the one two spinners. Shakib will bat at no.Three whilst Liton Das is favorite to open the innings. Either of Mohammad Mithun or Ariful Haque will fill no.7 spot.

Likely taking part in XIs:

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews (captain), Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (capt), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman


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