Bangladesh is facing Sri Lanka in the life-and-death battle of the Asia Cup today. Tigers will get a chance to play in the Super Four if they win this match. And if they lose, Bangladesh, the last two finalists, will have to finish this year’s Asia Cup from the group stage.
Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium at 8 pm Bangladesh time. In 2018, the Tigers defeated Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup at this venue. Bangladesh defeated the Lankans by a huge margin of 137 runs. Although it was an ODI format tournament.
Still, that win in 2018 will give Bangladesh extra motivation.
Bangladesh played 2 more matches at this venue in the same event. They lost to India in both. Among them was the final. Tigers lost their dream of winning the title by 3 wickets.
However, Bangladesh has played only one T20 match at this venue in Dubai. In the last Twenty20 World Cup, the Tigers faced Australia in the Super Twelve match. Bangladesh lost the match by 8 wickets.
Batting first, Bangladesh were bowled out for just 73 runs. Only three batsmen of the team can touch the quota of double figures. Australia needed only 38 balls to touch the target of 74 runs thrown by Bangladesh. However, Bangladesh hopes to forget the memory of that shameful loss and shine today.
Shakib Al Hasan’s team lost to Afghanistan by 7 wickets in their first match of this season.
Therefore, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will take the field in the ‘unannounced final’ at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Bachamara match.
However, Bangladesh is far behind Sri Lanka in terms of statistics. Sri Lanka is at number 8 in T20 ranking, Bangladesh is one step behind at ninth place. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have met 12 times so far in the smallest format of cricket. Out of which the Lankans have won eight times, Bangladesh has tasted victory four times.
And Bangladesh has not been successful against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka has won 11 times out of 13 matches. Only two matches have resulted in favor of Bangladesh.
Since the last T20 World Cup, Bangladesh has won only two of the 16 T20s played so far. However, judging by their recent form in this format, Sri Lanka are also not in a very favorable position, having won just one of their last five matches.