Sri Lanka will square off against Bangladesh in a virtual knockout Group B match in Asia Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday, September 1. The match will start at 7:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).

Led by Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lanka started their Asia Cup 2022 campaign with a disappointing eight-wicket defeat against Afghanistan in Dubai on Saturday.

Similarly, the Shakib Al Hasan-led Bangladesh team also lost their opening match against Afghanistan in the ongoing T20 tournament. A clinical performance from Afghanistan helped them beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in their second and final Group B match to become the first team to qualify for the Super 4.

The winner of the Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh encounter will also advance to the Super 4 round.

SL vs BAN Dream11 prediction for Asia Cup 2022

Sri Lanka have a dominant head-to-head record against Bangladesh in T20Is, winning 10 of the 14 matches between them so far. Bangladesh have secured just four victories.

Going by recent form, team composition and the head-to-head record, Sri Lanka will start as clear favourites against a struggling Bangladesh side in Dubai.

SL vs BAN Dream11 team tips for Asia Cup 2022

Top tip: Best batter

Sri Lanka’s Bhanuka Rajapaksa will play an important role against Bangladesh on Thursday. The 30-year-old midde-order batter was the only standout batter for Sri Lanka in their last match against Afghanistan as he scored 38 runs off 29 balls to help his side post something to defend. Bhanuka Rajapaksa has accrued 55 fantasy points so far and makes for a decent pick at 9 credits.

Top tip: Best bowler

In the bowling department, Sri Lanka’s Maheesh Theekshana will be a smart pick at just 8.5 credits. The right-arm off-spinner has been one of the go-to bowlers for Sri Lanka in T20I cricket recently as he has already picked 16 wickets in 19 matches at an economy of 6.56. Theekshana could trouble the Bangladeshi batters in a spin-friendly Dubai track.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Among the all-rounders, Bangladesh’s Mosaddek Hossain could be a great pick in any fantasy cricket team. The 26-year-old all-rounder smashed an unbeaten 48 off 31 balls against Afghanistan in their opening fixture on Tuesday. He also bowled 2.3 overs, bagging one wicket for just 12 runs. Having already accumulated 105 fantasy points, Mosaddek Hossain is a must-have fantasy pick in this crucial Asia Cup encounter.

Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis pips Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh for the wicket-keeper spot. Kusal Mendis has scored 683 runs in 36 T20Is at a strike rate of 120.67. He is also a safe gloveman and could be a valuable addition to any fantasy team at just 8.5 credits.

SL vs BAN playing XI (probable)

Sri Lanka playing XI (probable): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wicket-keeper), Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka

Bangladesh playing XI (probable): Mohammad Naim, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket-keeper), Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

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