The much-awaited Asia Cup 2023 has begun and in the 2nd ODI of the tournament, Bangladesh will be hosting Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Both teams have shown excellent performances in the past and we expect an absolute thriller on Thursday.
Bangladesh are coming back to international cricket after a month’s break. They last played in the T20 format against Afghanistan. The top bookmakers in India have Asia Cup odds with them.
All the eyes will be on the defending Champions on Tuesday as Sri Lanka will be waiting to start the tournament on a positive note.
Sri Lanka to hit 18.5+ boundaries in the match
The betting tip is...
Dasun Shanaka to score more than 50.5 runs
Shakib Al Hasan will be leading the team and he is the most celebrated Bangladeshi cricketer who carries a great record in the Asia Cup. Mohammad Naim and Litton Das will be opening the game for Bangladesh with Najmul Hossain Shanto in the third spot. Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Afif Hossain will be the key players in the middle order.
Taskin Ahmed will be leading the bowling attack with Shoriful Islam as his partner. Shakib and Mehidy Hasan Miraz are expected to lead the spin attack.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan will be expecting a positive start to the tournament from his players and will go with the strongest XI.
Predicted Lineup: Tamim Iqbal, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam
The defending champions will be taking motivation from last year's triumph and their win in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers tournament. Pathum Nissanka and Sadeera Samarawickrama are expected to open the innings for Sri Lanka with Kusal Mendis at the number 3 position.
Dasun Shanaka will be the key player in the middle order with Charith Asalanka expected to play a crucial role. Maheesh Theekshana, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Matheesha Pathirana will be the key bowlers for the hosts.
The hosts have no injuries in their camp but their major concern will be the inconsistency in the performance of the middle order.
Predicted Lineup: Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis (WK), Dimuth Karunaratne, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana
In recent times Bangladesh has struggled in the ODI format against strong teams and on foreign pitch. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has displayed some positive signs on the path of their revival in international cricket. We predict a win for Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI of the Asia Cup.