On Thursday evening at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will face off in the final Group B match of the 2022 Asia Cup. Both teams have already been defeated by Afghanistan in the tournament, and the winner of this game will finish second and advance to the Super Four stage. Continue reading for a match preview. This match begins at 18:00 local time at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Sri Lanka did not use their entire allotted 20 overs with the bat and were defeated by Afghanistan after only 10.1 overs with the ball. They must improve their overall performance in this game.
Bangladesh is still struggling in this format, but they were in a good position against Afghanistan with four overs to go. However, they were unable to see it through, and this game has now become a must-win situation.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 5th Match, Group B, Asia Cup 2022
Date: September 1, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
In the defeat against Afghanistan, 21-year-old left-arm pace bowler Dilshan Madushanka and 19-year-old medium pacer Matheesha Pathirana made their T20I debuts. Despite the fact that neither took a wicket, the selectors will want to show faith in the pair, and we expect them to be selected again in this match.
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Asitha Fernando, Ashen Bandara, Praveen Jayawickrama, Nuwanidu Fernando, Pramod Madushan, Nuwan Thushara
Players to watch out for:
The 30-year-old has only played 27 internationals but would have played more if fitness issues with management had not arisen. He is, however, a talented and aggressive batter who hit six home runs on Saturday.
Since making his international debut in 2021, the batting all-rounder has been particularly effective in ODI cricket. He has three T20I half-centuries and an unbeaten score of 80 in this format.
The spinner is frequently a step ahead of his teammates. This was the case against Afghanistan in Dubai, where he was the only Sri Lankan bowler to combine control with wicket-taking ability.
Possible Playing XI:
Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana.
Sri Lanka has only won one of their last six games in this format, and they were thoroughly outplayed by Afghanistan over the weekend.
The Tigers fielded a reasonably experienced team against Afghanistan in their first game, but found themselves trailing 28-4 halfway through the seventh over. With injuries preventing Liton Das from competing in the Asia Cup in 2022, Bangladesh has few options at the top of the order.
Mohammad Naim, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Ebadot Hossain, Parvez Hossain Emon
Players to watch out for:
Shakib Al Hasan
The captain played his 100th T20I on Tuesday but did not receive the desired result. He was very impressive with the ball as well as with his captaincy in terms of putting the pressure back on Afghanistan on the field.
The 26-year-old batting all-rounder was the driving force behind Bangladesh’s total against Afghanistan. He finished with 48 runs not out from 31 balls.
The 36-year-old all-rounder will never win a game on his own through spectacular batting, but he can play an anchor role. On Tuesday, he and Hossain helped Bangladesh claw their way back into the game.
Possible Playing XI:
Mohammad Naim, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Afif Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.
Bangladesh’s recent record in this format has been dismal. They have lost 14 of their last 16 Twenty20 Internationals.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Top Team Batsmen
Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa are our batting picks for Sri Lanka. Nissanka has a top score of 75 in this format, scored against India in February of this year.
We believe Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mohammad Naim are Bangladesh’s best batters. Naim has four T20I half-centuries to his name.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Top Team Bowlers
For Sri Lanka, we recommend Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, and Dilshan Madushanka. Theekshana’s best T20I figures are 3-17 against Ireland in October 2021.
Bangladesh’s bowling options are Mustafizur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mohammad Saifuddin. When he dismissed Mohammad Nabi on Tuesday, Saifuddin appeared to be steering the game in Bangladesh’s favor.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Head to Head
Although Sri Lanka leads the T20I series 8-4 overall, the teams have been very evenly matched since 2016. Sri Lanka won the first four meetings between 2007 and 2014, but the overall score has been 4-4 since then.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Head to Head Stats in T20Is
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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Toss Prediction
On Tuesday, Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first, and we expect Sri Lanka to do the same if they win the toss in this game. Bangladesh will bat first, regardless of who wins the toss.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Pitch Report
For this game, we anticipate another low bounce and slow wicket. Spinners will benefit greatly from the pitch, whereas pace bowlers will have to work much harder for their wickets.
Clear skies and moderate humidity levels persisted from start to finish. Throughout the game, the temperature will be above 30 degrees.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Prediction
With the T20 World Cup just around the corner, a win in this game for either team guarantees them additional games in the Super Fours against the best teams in this region. Although neither team is expected to compete for the Asia Cup, we believe Sri Lanka will win this game.
Sri Lanka is the favourite to beat Bangladesh at the odds of 1.57.
Bonus Betting Tips
Top Value Player – Bhanuka Rajapaksa – Top Run Scorer – Home
Keep an eye on Bhanuka Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka. He was the only Sri Lankan batter who appeared to be in good form in the previous match, and he is excellent against spin. Furthermore, his left-handedness makes him an excellent partner for Shakib or Mustafizur. We like the current Over/Under line of 1.70/2.10 and will take a chance. Bet on the match odds here.