The Super Four stage of the Asia Cup 2023 has just begun, and Pakistan have secured the top position with a crushing victory over Bangladesh in the opening match. Bangladesh appeared to be adrift against a dangerous Pakistani team and must now swiftly get their act together. Their next encounter will be against Sri Lanka, a team with whom they have had a heated rivalry in recent years. However, Sri Lanka has a strong reputation against the Tigers in One-Day Internationals and has already defeated them in this Asia Cup. Their local environment will offer them an advantage.
Five of the last seven One-Day Internationals played in Colombo have been won by the team batting first, so we anticipate that both captains will elect to bat first if they win the toss.
Typically, R. Premadasa’s pitch favors batters, particularly in the early innings. It has excellent velocity and bounce, allowing for stroke play and exciting bat-and-ball duels. As the game progresses, however, the pitch can become slower and more spin-friendly, making it difficult for batters to score freely. During the middle overs, spinners will undoubtedly play an important role.
Colombo’s surface is renowned for its low bounce and generous assistance to spinners. Any total over 285 will be extremely difficult to track down in the second inning.
Head to Head:
Sri Lanka’s victory over Bangladesh in Pallekele last month was their 41st in this format. In 2021, Bangladesh won the last bilateral series between the two nations by a score of 2-1.
SL vs BAN Team Form in Last Five Matches:
SL : W W W W W
BAN : L W L W L
Sri Lanka Preview
Sri Lanka were given a proper scare by Afghanistan in their last game and almost missed out on a spot on the Super Four stage. Fortunately, they held their nerves to win by three runs. Sri Lanka are thus the only team in this Asia Cup to enter the Super Fours with two consecutive wins, including one against Bangladesh.
Opener Pathum Nissanka has been their most consistent batter in recent times. He has scored 472 runs in his last 10 matches at an average of 59 and a strike rate of almost 90.
His opener partner Dimuth Karunaratne has also been among the runs, scoring 402 from his last 9 matches at an average of 50.25 and a strike rate of 88.54.
Kusal Mendis, fresh from a brilliant knock of 92 off 84 balls against Afghanistan, is another one worth backing. The wicket-keeper batter has collected 388 runs in 13 ODIs this year at an average of 43.11.
Sri Lanka Squad Prediction:
Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana
In Bangladesh’s previous game against Sri Lanka in this Asia Cup, Najmul Hossain Shanto top-scored with a gritty knock of 89 off 122 deliveries. Shanto has been the team’s most successful batter in recent months, but, unfortunately, he will take no further part in the tournament due to an injury.
In his absence, the likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim will have to take on extra responsibilities. Both are the most experienced batters in the side and are well used to playing in these conditions. Mushfiqur’s 64 off 87 balls against Pakistan was the team’s highest score in a total of 193 all out. Shakib, meanwhile, also scored a useful 53 off 57 balls.
Bangladesh Squad Prediction:
Mohammad Naim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Litton Das, Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shamim Hossain, Afif Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud
SL vs BAN Head to Head Stats in Tests
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Who will win Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Super Four 1st Match in Asia Cup 2023
Bangladesh was formidable in their previous match, but they will now face Pakistan, who are playing outstanding ODI cricket right now. We have Pakistan ranked first in front of their home fans.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Prediction:
On Thursday in Lahore, we anticipate a high-scoring match as a result of the Super Fours’ escalation of the competition. Pakistan have been the most outstanding team in the tournament thus far, but Bangladesh looked very formidable in their most recent match. However, Najmul Hossain Shanto’s injury will weaken the Tigers, and we predict that Pakistan will win this match.