Sri Lanka vs BAN (SL vs BAN) will be the second match of the Super 4 stage in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023. The crucial game is scheduled to take place at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The match will begin at 03:00 PM IST on Saturday (September 9).
With the tournament already in its business, neither of the two teams can afford any slipup especially Bangladesh. The Bangla Tigers have already suffered a defeat in the Super 4 and another loss will all but end their slim hopes of qualifying for the final. The Shakib Al Hasan-led side suffered a 7-wicket defeat against Pakistan in the first game of the Super 4.
Reigning champions Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will play their first game of the Super 4 in the competition. The co-hosts will be looking to get off to a winning start ahead of the tough clashes against Pakistan and Team India. The momentum will be with Sri Lanka as they come into this game on the back of a win unlike Bangladesh. Sri Lanka have also defeated Bangladesh once already in the ongoing tournament.
Date and time: September 9, 2023, Monday; 09:30 am GMT | 03:00 pm local | 03:00 pm IST
Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
The weather prediction for the upcoming SL vs BAN game is not promising at all. According to reports, there is an 80% chance of showers in Colombo on Saturday and the rainy weather could make an impact on the game. If we ignore the weather, the pitch at the R. Premadasa Stadium is known for helping the batsmen as the game progresses. 267 runs is the average first-innings total at the venue and one can expect another high-scoring contest.
Wicketkeeper — Kusal Mendis
Batsmen — Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Charith Asalanka, Dimuth Karunaratne
Allrounders — Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shakib Al Hasan, Dunith Wellalage (vc), Dasun Shanaka
Bowlers — Matheesha Pathirana, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam
Choice 1: Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Dunith Wellalage (vc)
Choice 2: Kusal Mendis (C), Taskin Ahmed (VC)
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