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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction for Asia Cup 2018 Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

Angelo Mathews
Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews
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Mustafizur Rahman

Interestingly, Bangladesh are seated at the seventh spot with 92 rating points above Sri Lanka who are 8th place with 80 points in ICC's ODI rankings. However, we are backing Sri Lanka to win the first fixture of Asia Cup 2018.

In the last 10 matches that the two teams have played against each other, Sri Lanka have won 8 of them. However, Bangladesh are in fine form after beating West Indies 2-1 in the recently concluded ODI series.

Both teams are suffering from some injury concerns. For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan has postponed his finger surgery while Tamim Iqbal is expected to be fit before this game. Nazmul Hussain is also nursing a thumb injury.

For Sri Lanka, key batsman Dinesh Chandimal will not be able to take part in the tournament because of a broken finger that he suffered during the Sri Lanka Cricket League. Niroshan Dickwella has replaced him in the side and will be seen behind the stumps. Due to personal reasons, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya is also set to miss the first two games of the tournament. This would effectively mean the return of Lasith Malinga to international cricket.

Bangladesh would be hoping that Shakib Al Hasan and Tameem Iqbal are fit in time to play the match as they will hold key to the team's batting line up. Mohammadullah is also in decent form and played well in CPL. He would like to extend his run. In the bowling department, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will take charge as Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman will be the other bowlers to watch out.

In Sri Lanka's case, they will expect a lot from two of their senior batsmen in Angelo Mathews and Upul Tharanga. Kusal Perera has also been going well while Dilruwan Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva are the trump cards with the ball.

Here are the probable playing XIs for both teams.

 Bangladesh- Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman

Sri Lanka - Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Sri Lanka

Head to Head – Matches 42, Bangladesh 6, Sri Lanka 36

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh), Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Dilruwan Perera (Sri Lanka)

Most Sixes – Mahmudullah (Bangladesh), Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka)

Team Scores Batting First – Bangladesh 230+, Sri Lanka 250+

*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.

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