On August 31, at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka, the second game of the Asia Cup between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is scheduled to begin.
Sri Lanka comes into this Asia Cup match hot off of a dominating 2-0 sweep of the most recent Test series against Pakistan. Key players are missing from the Asia Cup lineup of the co-host team, though. Wanindu Hasaranga, a leg-spinning all-rounder, is one of the four well-known athletes who will miss time with injury. Injuries have also forced the exclusion of pacers Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Madushanka, and Lahiru Kumara from the team.
For the co-host team in the previous series, Dhananjaya de Silva stood out as a key performer, scoring 271 runs with an amazing average of 67.75, including one century and two half-centuries. Contrarily, Prabath Jayasuriya has demonstrated an excellent bowling performance with the spin attack, taking nine wickets in two games.
On the other side, Bangladesh will also compete in the Asia Cup in 2023 despite losing their most recent ODI series to Afghanistan by a score of 2-1. The Bangla Tigers are missing crucial players just before the release of the Asia Cup squad. First and foremost, Tamim Iqbal is unable to perform owing to a persistent back problem that has not yet fully recovered.He has also given up his position as ODI captain. In addition, Litton Das is unable to play because he has not yet fully recovered from a viral fever, while bowler Ebadot Hossain has been sidelined by an injury.
Litton Das put up a strong performance in the previous ODI series, scoring 92 runs over the course of three games, and was closely followed by Towhid Hridoy, who put up 89 runs in the same time frame while playing well. In terms of bowling, Shakib Al Hasan claimed four wickets in three matches, while Shoriful Islam claimed four wickets in a single encounter.
Asia Cup 2023 1st ODI Match, Pakistan vs Nepal
Date & Time: Wednesday, August 31, 03:00 PM IST
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Pitch Report: The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium’s 22-yard pitch typically gives bowlers an edge due to the large field’s size and the prevailing cloudy weather. Given the good circumstances, this ground is especially advantageous for pacers. In the 33 ODIs that have been played on this pitch, the team batting first has triumphed in 14 of the matches, while the chasing team has won 18 of the matches. 33 ODIs have been played, with an average first innings score of 248.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI
Bangladesh:- Mohammad Naim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Sri Lanka :- Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis (WK), Dasun Shanaka (C), Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage ,Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Pramod Madushan