Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions: Asia Cup, 2023 - Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh - 2nd Match - 31 August, 2023
The 2nd match of the Asia Cup will be played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on the 31st of August at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy.
Current Form Sri Lanka:
Sri Lanka are the defending champions of the Asia Cup. They defeated Pakistan in the earlier edition of the tournament to be crowned.
Sri Lanka are in fabulous form in ODI cricket. They performed outstandingly in the ICC Men's World Cup Qualifiers, where they were undefeated and went on to win the tournament.
They were superb in both batting as well as the bowling department. Sri Lanka will certainly start as favorites going into the Asia Cup.
Players to look out for:
1.Dimuth Karunaratne- He has had a smooth transition from red ball cricket to white ball cricket. Karunaratne performed brilliantly in the recently concluded ICC Men's World Cup Qualifiers and is expected to do well in the upcoming Asia Cup too.
2. Maheesh Theekshana - He was the star for Sri Lanka in the World Cup Qualifiers. Theekshana has developed deadly variations in his bowling and he is an important weapon for Sri Lanka in Asia Cup.
Current Form Bangladesh:
Bangladesh are in an ordinary form in ODI cricket currently. They have recently lost a 3 match ODI series against Afghanistan by 2-1.
Bangladesh were victorious against Ireland in a 3 match series but lost to England in March this year by 2-1.
Players to look out for:
1. Najmul Hossain Shanto- The ODI form of Shanto is next to none in the recent times. He has played plenty of match winning knocks for his team and is certainly a player to look out for in the upcoming matches.
2. Mustafizur Rahman- He is a dangerous bowler on the subcontinent pitches. Rahman can provide breakthroughs at important junctures of the match and is a key player for his team.
Let’s have a look at the squads:
Dasun Shanaka (C), Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (VC), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dusan Hemantha, Binura Fernando, Pramod Madushan
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Kumer Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Naim Sheikh, Shamim Hossain, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Sri Lanka
Who will win?- Sri Lanka
Top Batter (Runs Scored) - Najmul Hossain Shanto (Bangladesh), Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Mehidy Hasan Miraz (Bangladesh), Maheesh Theekshana (Sri Lanka)
Most Sixes – Najmul Hossain Shanto (Bangladesh), Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)
Player of the Match - Maheesh Theekshana (Sri Lanka)
Team Scores Batting first – Sri Lanka 270+, Bangladesh 230+
Match Handicap: Sri Lanka
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*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, so stay tuned.
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