The group stage of the Asia Cup 2023 is wrapped up and we have four teams who will be coming face to face against each other in the Super 4 stage. On Saturday, Sri Lanka will be facing Bangladesh in the Super 4 stage. The last time these two teams faced each other, Sri Lanka came out to be the winner.
Sri Lanka has shown positive signs and they have now become one of the contenders for the Asia Cup Trophy. The top bookmakers in India have Asia Cup odds with them.
Bangladesh is struggling to maintain their winning momentum in the tournament. The Super 4 stage is the last chance for the team to bounce back and qualify for the final game.
Sri Lanka dominated Group B with two wins and a net run rate of +0.594. They defeated Afghanistan in their previous encounter and now they will be eying to qualify for the final game. Batting first, Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunarathe gave a solid start to the team but it was Kusal Mendis’ (92 off 84) innings that made a difference.
Charith Asalanka (36 off 43) and Dunith Wellalage (33 off 39) also played a cameo in pushing the score. On the bowling front, Kasun Rajitha picked up 4 wickets in 10 overs at an economy of 7.90. Dunith Wellalage picked up 2 wickets in 4 overs but his economy was 9.
Skipper Dasun Shanaka won’t be making any changes to the winning combination.
Predicted Lineup: Dimuth Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Pathum Nissanka, Kasun Rajitha, Dhananjaya de Silva, Matheesha Pathirana, Dasun Shanaka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, Dunith Wellalage, Sadeera Samarawickrama
The inconsistency of Bangladesh cricket is not coming to an end and in the Asia Cup, it is clearly visible that they need to work hard towards winning the matches consecutively. The team morale looks low and the batters struggle to score runs in front of a good bowling attack. Mehidy Hasan has come out as a new hope for the team in the opening order and will be expected to play a crucial role for the team.
Najmul Hasan Shanto will be hopeful to score a big number in the middle order. Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, and Hasan Mahmud will be eying some early breakthroughs while facing Sri Lanka.
Mehidy Hasan suffered an injury against Afghanistan but there is no official announcement of his absence for the rest of the matches.
Predicted Lineup: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mohammad Naim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Litton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Bangladesh has struggled to win matches against strong teams and they continue the inconsistency in the current tournament. Sri Lanka has been positive and they have winning momentum. We predict a win for Sri Lanka on Saturday against Bangladesh.