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Shakib Al Hasan Leads Bangladesh in Exciting Clash with Sri Lanka in Asia Cup

     Shakib Al Hasan may not focus on his team's standing in the Asia Cup, but performances will undoubtedly matter. With a World Cup on the horizon and a crowded Asian pool, every match counts. The upcoming clash between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is particularly intriguing, as both teams aim to establish their dominance in the tournament. Bangladesh, in particular, sees this edition as their best chance to make a mark in World Cups.

     Sri Lanka, despite breezing through the World Cup qualifiers, faces a tougher challenge against Bangladesh. Qualifying for a World Cup carries its own baggage, and Bangladesh's previous bilateral series win over Sri Lanka adds to their confidence. However, playing at home gives Sri Lanka a slight advantage, although they are dealing with injuries to key players such as Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, and Dilshan Madhushanka.

     Bangladesh, on the other hand, aims to move past its reliance on veteran players and nurture young talents. The inclusion of five members from the victorious Under-19 World Cup team in the Asia Cup squad is crucial to their chances. The match promises to be an engaging battle between experience and youth.

     Both teams will meet on August 31st at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Thundershowers are predicted at the start of the match, and the pitch is expected to offer a balanced contest between batsmen and bowlers. In terms of team news, Sri Lanka is struggling with injuries but might field legspinning all-rounder Dushan Hemantha in place of the injured Wanindu Hasaranga. Bangladesh has replaced Litton Das with Anamul Haque due to illness but is unlikely to give him a game.

     Interesting facts: Mustafizur Rahman has a good record against Sri Lanka, taking two or more wickets in eight out of 12 matches. In contrast, Shakib Al Hasan has gone wicketless in 12 out of 24 innings against them. Pathum Nissanka is Sri Lanka's leading run-scorer in ODIs since 2020, while the Pallekele pitch favors pacers with a strike rate of 32.45.


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