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SL vs BAN, Asia Cup 2023 match: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup 2023, 8th match (SL vs BAN)

Date: September 10, Saturday, 3.00 PM IST

Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will go head-to-head in the eighth match if the Asia Cup 2023 at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo. Sri Lanka registered a comfortable win over Bangladesh when the two teams met earlier in the tournament.

Batting first, Bangladesh posted a total of only 164 runs as no other batters apart from Najmul Hossain Shanto was able to score runs. Shanto scored 89 runs, while the remainder of the runs came from the rest of the batters combined. The wrecker-in-chief was Matheesha Pathirana, who picked up four wickets while conceding only 32 runs in 7.4 overs and subsequently also won the Player of the Match award. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, wrapped up the game in 39 overs even though Shakib Al Hasan picked up two wickets while conceding only 29 runs 10 overs. Unfortunately for Bangladesh, Najmul Hossain, who was their top performer, has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament due to an injury. Litton Das has replaced him in the squad.

Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the group stage to progress to the Super 4, while Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by 89 runs in the group stage before losing their first Super 4 game to Pakistan.

Ahead of the match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, here’s all you need to know to win big cash prizes on MPL.

Weather update and pitch report for SL vs BAN, Asia Cup 2023, match 8

The wicket at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has historically been spin friendly. This will be the first game of the Asia Cup 2023 to be played here, hence not a lot can be said about how the surface will play. Overall, a total of 155 ODI matches have been played at this venue, from which 84 matches have been won by the teams batting first. The average first innings score here is 232.

The weather in Colombo may play spoilsport to the game. Rain has been forecast.

Bangladesh team news and predicted XI

Team news: Najmul Hossain Shanto is out of Asia Cup 2023 with a hamstring injury. In his place, Litton Das has joined the squad.

Squad:  Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Naim, Shamim Hossain, Tanzid Hasan and Tanzim Hasan.

Predicted XI: Mohammad Naim, Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

Sri Lanka team news and predicted XI

Team news: Sri Lanka, who won both their group stage fixtures, are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI. They do not have any injury or unavailability concerns.

Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Janith Perera, Kusal Mendis (vc), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushan Hemantha, Binura Fernando, Pramod Madushan.

Predicted XI: 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

Head-to-head record

In the 50-over format, the two sides have squared off in 52 matches, with Sri Lanka winning on 41 occasions. Bangladesh won nine times. Another two games produced no result. In the Asia Cup particularly, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have played against each other 14 times. Out of these 14 games, Bangladesh have won three whereas Sri Lanka have come out victorious on 11 occasions.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI SL vs BAN, Asia Cup 2023

Shakib Al Hasan – allrounder, Bangladesh 

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh skipper and one of their most experienced players, scored only five runs against Sri Lanka in the opening game before scoring an unbeaten 32 against Afghanistan. However, he made up for these numbers in the Super 4 game against Pakistan, in which Shakib scored a half century. With the ball, however, he was effective only in the first game against Sri Lanka, where he picked up two wickets for just 29 runs. Shakib brings with him plenty of experience with which he will look to bounce back stronger in the must-win game.

Mushfiqur Rahim – wicketkeeper batter, Bangladesh

Like Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim also underperformed in the first two games before top scoring in the game against Pakistan. Rahim finished his innings on 64 runs off 87 balls, hitting five boundaries in the process. Rahim brings with him the experience of having played 254 ODIs for Bangladesh, from which he has a batting average of 37.16.

Kusal Mendis – wicketkeeper batter, Sri Lanka

In the game against Afghanistan, Kusal Mendis became the fifth-fastest Sri Lanka batter to reach 3000 runs in ODIs, behind Marvan Atapattu, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera and Mahela Jayawardene. Mendis scored 92 off 84 against Afghanistan with the help of six boundaries and three maximums. He overall has a batting average of 31.08 in 108 ODIs.

Matheesha Pathirana – bowler, Sri Lanka

Matheesha Pathirana was Sri Lanka’s best bowler in the previous game against Bangladesh last week. He picked up four wickets for just 32 runs but was a bit expensive against Afghanistan, having conceded 63 runs for a wicket. He will look to come back stronger in the next game.

Pathum Nissanka – batter, Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka, who delivered some impressive performances in the recently-concluded Lanka Premier League, scored 41 runs against Afghanistan in the previous game and will be looking for an even bigger knock in the next game. Nissanka has an impressive batting average of almost 40 from 36 ODI matches.

MPL fantasy XI – SL vs BAN, Asia Cup 2023

SL vs PAK – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 3.30 PM IST on Saturday, September 10.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.





Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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