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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Match, Group B Match Prediction

Sep 15, Sat 11:30 GMT , Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, UAE

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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

Bangladesh won by 137 runs

ABOUT THE MATCH

The opening match of the 2018 Asia Cup is expected to be a full-house affair with the 24,700-seater Dubai International Cricket Stadium predicted to be sold out.

Match Preview

The two teams have met 44 times in ODIs, with Sri Lanka winning 36 of those matches. With just 6 wins going Bangladesh’s way, this result is also expected to favour the Lankans.

But Bangaldesh will be the team coming into the tournament high on form while Lanka – after a forgettable home series against South Africa – will be looking for a win to gain some confidence.

iconBangladesh Team News

There are doubts over the fitness of Shakib Al Hasan who was due to undergo a finger surgery after returning from the West Indies series. While the Bangladesh board remains confident that he is fit to play, in an interaction with the media, Hasan had revealed that he was only “20-30% match fit”.

He missed the training camp in Dhaka and is currently on holiday in the USA and will be flying out to the UAE directly. But just in case he is not match fit, Mominul Haque has been sent in as cover.

iconSri Lanka Team News

Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the series due to a hairline fracture on his finger during a recent domestic T20 tournament. Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been called in as a replacement.

Akila Dananjaya is set to miss Lanka’s first two matches as he awaits the birth of his first child. The off-spinner’s absence will be crucial for Lanka as he is a major threat in ODIs, especially during powerplays. But Lanka will be hoping that the presence of off-spinner Dilruwan Perera and the returning Lasith Malinga will help ease the absence.

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Pitch Conditions

 

An afternoon affair with a temperature of 42 degree Celsius expected, the weather is expected to be hot with humidity around the 30% mark. The pitch is expected to be dry and slow with some purchase for the spinners. But once the sun sets, the dew factor will limit the role of bowlers.

Toss Prediction

 

Since spinners will be ineffective in the second innings, expect the winning team to opt to bat first.

Our Match Prediction

Despite Bangladesh being the in-form team, expect Lanka to edge this one.

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