Asia Cup 2023: BANGLADESH Vs SRI LANKA Match Preview

Asia Cup 2023: BANGLADESH Vs SRI LANKA Match Preview


Introduction :

Bangladesh will kick off their tournament against Sri Lanka on August 31 at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy at 1:00pm IST.


Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have faced each other in 51 matches in ODI. Out of these 51 games , Sri Lanka have won 40 whereas Bangladesh have come out victorious on 9 occasions .

BANGLADESH HISTORY : Cricket flourished in Bengal during the British era. Centering Calcutta, cricket gained a lot of popularity among the general mass. This led to the evolution of cricket over the years in West Bengal as well as present Bangladesh. The earliest match of note in Dhaka was in February 1941 when a Bengal Governor’s XI played the Bengal Gymkhana at the Bangabandhu National Stadium then called the Dacca Stadium. On 26 July, 1977, Bangladesh becomes an Associate member of the I.C.C. The BCCI seeks coaching help from the MCC. The MCC sends Bangladesh her first foreign cricket coach, an Englishman named Robert Jones. In May–July 1982, Bangladesh takes part in its second ICC trophy competition and finishes fourth among sixteen national teams.


PERFORMANCES : Liton Das is the first wicketkeeper-batsman in Bangladesh considered good enough to be a long-term successor to Mushfiqur Rahim. Towhid Hridoy played 10 BPL matches and scored 127 runs in 9 Innings and he’s made a total 10 boundaries with 6 fours and 4 sixes in BPL. Taijul Islam played 18 ODI matches and scored 87 runs in 11 Innings & highest Score in ODI is 39. Mehedi Hasan Miraz has emerged as one of the brightest young stars in Bangladesh cricket. He led the country to their first appearance in an Under-19 World Cup semi-final in February 2016. He is a batting allrounder who bowls right-arm off spin with a quiet action where he trundles to the wicket before giving a slight leap before rotating his upper body. It is a beautifully simple action that has yielded him many wickets in the U-19 and first-class level. 


SRI LANKA HISTORY : Cricket was introduced in Sri Lanka by the British during the period of colonization. The earliest reported match in Sri Lanka took place on 5th September 1832, this match began the cricket club’s formation in the country. The oldest first class-cricket club i.e. the Colombo Cricket Club was formed in 1863.It was in 1995 when they won their first Test match on foreign soil against New Zealand. In 2002, Sri Lanka won their maiden title of the Champion Trophy. In the second final, Sri Lanka scored 222 runs in the first innings and India batted for just 8.4 overs before the match was abandoned. Both teams were declared joint winners in 2002.After winning the 1996 World Cup, Sri Lanka featured in two consecutive World Cup finals of 2007 & 2011. Currently, Sri Lanka holds 9th position in the ICC Ranking for ODI teams.

PERFORMANCES : Sri Lanka, A defending champion will be looking to win one more title but this time it will not be easy given the current line-ups and forms of training the opponents have been under. The Sri lankan team however have been in good form since the World Cup 2023 qualifiers. Dasun Shanaka will lead the Sri Lankan Team in Asia Cup 2023 whereas Kusal Mendis is expected to be the team’s wicket-keeper for this tournament.Sri Lanka has a decent batting line-up which is led by Dimuth Karunaratne, Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva. Unfortunately, some Sri Lanka players got injured & two players are covid positive. We wish them speedy recovery!


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