Asia Cup 2022: SL vs BAN- SL Playing 11 vs BAN (Predicted), Match 05
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: September 1st, 2022 at 05:06 pm

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Asia Cup 2022: SL vs BAN- SL Playing 11 vs BAN (Predicted), Match 05. The fifth match of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 will take place between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Thursday, September 1.

Not just India and Pakistan, but Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have also built something of rivalry amongst themselves. With two defeats in two Asia Cups (2016 & 2018), Sri Lanka will now seek to redeem itself against mighty Bangladesh.

The fifth match of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 will take place between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. (Image: Twitter)
The fifth match of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 will take place between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. (Image: Twitter)

Bangladesh on the other hand ended up playing in two Asia Cup finals in the year 2016 and 2018. In the year 2016, Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by a margin of 23 runs. Things got worst for Sri Lanka in the 2018 edition as Bangladesh inflicted a loss of 128 runs on them.

The winners of the 1996 World Cup finals and the finalists of the 2011 and 2015 World Cup, the Sri Lankan team has a rich cricketing history but as of now, it seems like they are caught in turmoil and seeking redemption. Under the leadership of Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan team seems to be going from strength to strength, and now they will look to defeat Bangladesh in the upcoming tournament which will be a huge boost for them.

Sri Lanka started their Asia Cup 2022 campaign with a defeat against Afghanistan. On the other hand, Bangladesh too will start its campaign against Afghanistan.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Bhanuka Rajapaksa. (Photo: Twitter)

Sri Lanka had the worst possible start against Afghanistan as they could manage only 105 runs before getting all-out in 19.4 overs. Bhanuka Rajapaksa top-scored with 38.Afghanistan pacers Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen-ul-Haq had broken the backbone of Sri Lanka batting.

While chasing, Afghanistan did an exceptional job and sealed the deal within 10.1 overs as well.  Rahmanullah Gurbaz (40 off 18) and Hazratullah Zazai (37* off 26) racked up 83 runs in the Powerplay itself effectively ending the game as a contest right there.

Asia Cup 2022: Afghanistan 106 for 2 (Gurbaz 40, Zazai 37*, Hasaranga 1-19) beat Sri Lanka 105 all out (Rajapaksa 38, Farooqi 3-11, Nabi 2-14) by 8 wickets

Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka is hoping that the Bangladesh bowling attack will not pose the same threat as his team had faced from the Afghans. Sri Lanka versus Bangladesh at the Asia Cup does not instantly strike you as a fierce rivalry. After all, Sri Lanka holds a comfortable 11-3 lead in the head-to-head matches. Yet, there is rarely a lack of intensity when the two teams take the field.

Sri Lanka won the first 10 Asia Cup clashes between the sides. To sum up, it used to be a one-sided contest until the 2012 edition in Bangladesh. The scoreline still reads 3-11, but Bangladesh boasts a 3-1 lead over the past decade. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have played each other in 12 T20Is with Sri Lanka winning 8 times and Bangladesh 4 times.

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga (Image Credit: Twitter)

The five-time champion’s Asia Cup record in recent years has been underwhelming. Sri Lanka’s ODI performance hit an all-time low when it was trumped by Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the group stage of the 2018 Asia Cup, held in the UAE.

In the 2016 edition, where the tournament was played for the first time in the T20I format, Sri Lanka managed a solitary win over the UAE before being beaten by India, Pakistan, and hosts Bangladesh.

Dushmantha Chameera
Dushmantha Chameera (Image Credit: Twitter)

After finishing as the leading wicket-taker (16) in his maiden appearance at the 2021 T20I World Cup in UAE and Oman last year, spinner Wanindu Hasaranga will return as the bowling spearhead of the Sri Lankan attack in Asia Cup 2022.

Despite featuring in only five of Sri Lanka’s 11 T20Is this year, Wanindu Hasaranga has scalped 10 wickets to emerge as the joint-highest wicket-taker alongside Dushmantha Chameera, who was ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022 with an injury.

Asia Cup 2022: SL vs BAN- SL Playing 11 vs BAN (Predicted), Match 05

Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis. (Credits: Twitter)
Kusal Mendis. (Credits: Twitter)

Kusal Mendis is arguably the most talented batter in the Sri Lankan playing XI and will be crucial for their chances in the Asia Cup 2022. The 27-year-old elegant batter is a vital cog in the Sri Lanka batting lineup. He has scored 683 runs in 36 T20I innings averaging 19.51 with 6 fifties.

He scored only 2 off 4 balls against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022 opening fixture before being the 1st wicket to fall after being a victim of MOM Fazalhaq Farooqi. Kusal Mendis made his debut for the national side in 2015 and instantly rose to fame with his impeccable application and technique at the crease, especially in the longest format of the game.

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