The Asia Cup 2018 is on the cards and is all set to commence on 15th of September. Five permanent ICC members along with one associate member, Hong Kong, will be a part of the upcoming Asia Cup. The tournament will kick-start with an encounter between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh will be entering the tournament with a lot of confidence owing to their current form. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will be hoping to start the league on a positive note after a sorry performance against South Africa at home

Team News

Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the tournament due to a finger injury. Wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella has replaced him in the squad. On the other hand, Bangladesh seems to have no reported injury from their camp.

Weather

With the opener to be an afternoon affair, the temperature is expected to be hovering around the 42 degree Celsius. The humidity levels will be clocking around 30 per cent mark. With no cloud cover, the rain is not expected to play the spoilsport in the course of the game. Thus, it is expected to be a hot day in Dubai on 15th September.

Pitch report

The pitch at Dubai International Cricket Stadium has been on the slower side. Moreover, the pitch has been quite dry which brings a lot of spin into the play. Nonetheless, with the sun setting down, the role of spinners will see a bit of downfall owing to the considerable dew factor. 

Head-to-head

36 – 6 in favour of Sri Lanka. Till date, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have met each other on 44 occasions in ODIs. Out of these 44 meetings, Sri Lanka has been victorious on 36 occasions while Bangladesh on six occasions with two matches ending in a No Result affair.