BAN vs SL Asia Cup 2023: Bangladesh wins toss, opt to bat first
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023: The prestigious cricket tournament that kicked off on August 30 with the match between Nepal and Pakistan is witnessing the second match today i.e. between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
With the opening of the match, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka in their Asia Cup campaign opener at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Both the teams look well prepared with a victory on the board on a surface that is likely to work in favour of the batter.
Asia Cup 2023: 2nd ODI
Bangladesh have won the toss & have opted to bat against Srilanka.
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Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan said at the time of toss, "We will bat first. Looks to me a dry wicket, hopefully we can put the runs on the board. We know Sri Lanka are a very good team, we have to be at our best in batting, bowling and fielding. We have got three seamers and three spinners in our squad."
Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka said at the time of the toss, "We would have liked to bat first but it is a good toss to lose with rain around. The wicket should also assist us under lights. Even though we have four key players injured, the bases are well covered. Generally, I expect some turn here because there’s a bit of tear in these wickets. Very much excited. We have six batters, two all-rounders and three genuine bowlers. Matheesha."
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Mohammad Naim, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis(w), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana.
Notably, the Asia Cup is a prestigious cricket tournament held among the Asian cricketing nations, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and others. The tournament features competitive cricket matches between these teams, creating a lot of excitement among cricket fans across the region and around the world.
- With inputs from agencies