Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will face off in a do-or-die game in another Group A encounter in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Stadium today.
Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka, who are the official hosts of the continental cricket tournament, will head into this game on the back of a heavy defeat against high-flying Afghanistan who are the first team to qualify for the super 4 round, having won two out of two matches.
On the other hand, Shakib Al Hasan will lead the Bangladesh side in their second game of the Asia Cup 2022 who also fell to a defeat against the Afghans. With the Islanders and the Tigers both looking to get back to winning ways, this match is expected to be a cracker.
In the all important fixture, Bangladesh would go with the same playing XI that played against Afghanistan. However, Mehidy Hasan Miraz could get a chance to feature in the starting XI. All eyes once again will be on Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladeshi skipper who has been handed the burden of captaincy just before Asia Cup started this year. After failing to hit big against AFG, he will be hungrier for both runs and wickets.
For Sri Lanka, they would bank more on their batters especially after a dismal performance in their first outing.
The winner, will join Afghanistan in the next round, where the top two teams from Group A will also secure qualification.
Not just India and Pakistan, but Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have also built something of a rivalry between them. With two defeats in two Asia Cups (2016 & 2018), Sri Lanka will now seek to redeem itself against mighty Bangladesh.
Bangladesh on the other hand ended up playing in two Asia Cup finals in 2016 and 2018. In 2016, Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by a margin of 23 runs. Things got worse for Sri Lanka in the 2018 edition as Bangladesh inflicted a loss of 128 runs on them.
Under the leadership of Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan team seems to be going from strength to strength, and now they will look to defeat Bangladesh in the tournament which will be a huge boost for them.
The Shakib Al Hasan-led Bangladesh side will be aiming to improve their recent record in the shortest format, having won just two games out of 13 since the 2021 T20I World Cup last year. Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka is hoping that the Bangladesh bowling attack will not pose the same threat as his team had faced from the Afghans.
Sri Lanka versus Bangladesh at the Asia Cup does not instantly strike you as a fierce rivalry. After all, Sri Lanka holds a comfortable 11-3 lead in the head-to-head matches. Yet, there is rarely a lack of intensity when the two teams take the field.