Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will square off in the curtain-raiser for the Asia Cup 2018 at the Dubai International Stadium on September 15 (Saturday). Well, talking about the weather forecast there is a lot on offer.
Meanwhile, the Tigers will be hurt by the injury of their senior cricketers in the form of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.
On the other hand, Danushka Gunathilaka has returned home even before the start of the tournament with a lower back problem. Dinesh Chandimal is also out with a finger injury.
However, Bangladesh manager Khaled Mahmud is not overthinking about the injuries woes. Bangladesh is coming to the tournament on the back of a 2-1 series win over the Windies in the Caribbean.
Sri Lanka, however, lost their last assignment, a five-match home series against South Africa. But have got some momentum after winning the last two games of that series and then the One-off Twenty20 International.
Interestingly, Bangladesh have a full-strength side to pick from, fitness permitting, with the mainstays Shakib, Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman all there in the balanced quad.
With Chandimal out, Sri Lanka can’t quite make the same claim, but their squad looks eventually strong too. Angelo Mathews has a lot of experience behind his back and will have to lead the side from the front.
It is likely to be bright and sunny in Dubai through the day, and warm – perhaps humid too – in the evening. It will be a high scoring encounter, but spinners are likely to dictate the terms.
The temperatures will hover around 41-degree Celcius during the day and remain in the late 30s even at night.
Furthermore, the chasing sides have won four out of the five One-day Internationals played last year at Dubai.
The only team to lose batting second was Sri Lanka. Thus, both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will look to bowl fast in the opening fixture of Asia Cup 2018.
Asia Cup 2018: Here are more details about the weather forecast for Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh game: