The eagerly anticipated Asia Cup 2023 commenced with a clash between Pakistan and Nepal on August 30 where the Babar Azam-led side emerged victorious with a staggering 238-run win. The second fixture of the tournament is scheduled between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Thursday, August 31.

Both teams are expected to enter the contest with an unwavering determination to secure a victory and commence their campaign on a triumphant note. In this clash of titans, Bangladesh will be led by the experienced Shakib Al Hasan while Dasun Shanaka will captain Sri Lanka.

Both teams possess a blend of seasoned campaigners and emerging talents, making the encounter a potential cricketing spectacle. Fans can expect an intense battle between bat and ball as these teams vie for a victorious start to their Asia Cup journey.

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ODI stats and records at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium:

  • Total Matches Played: 36
  • Won Batting First: 15
  • Won Bowling First: 20
  • No Result: 1
  • Average First Innings Score: 250
  • Average Second Innings Score: 202
  • Highest Total: 363/7 by South Africa
  • Lowest Total: 70 by Zimbabwe
  • Highest Run Chase: 314/6
  • Lowest Total Defended: 220/9 by Sri Lanka
  • Most Runs: 939 runs (Tillakaratne Dilshan)
  • Highest Score: 162 (Ibrahim Zadran)
  • Best Bowling Figures: 6/31 (Mitchell Johnson)
  • Most Sixes: 16 sixes (Dasun Shanaka)
  • Most Wickets: 24 wickets (Lasith Malinga)

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Pitch report:

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The playing surfaces at Pallekele often have something for both batters and bowlers, and expect more of the same this time around. The average first innings score at this venue hovers around the 250-run mark. This suggests that the pitch is relatively good for batting, as teams have been able to put up competitive totals. However, in second innings, the pitch tends to offer a bit more assistance to the bowlers with the average second innings score here is around 202.

Pallekele Weather Report:

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Thundershowers are predicted at the start of the match. The temperature is expected to hover around 29 degrees Celsius with precipitation levels to be at 90%. Further, the humidity levels to be around 49% and the wind blowing at a speed of 18 Km/hr.

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BAN vs SL, Probable XIs:

Bangladesh: Tanzid Tamim, Naim Sheikh, Nazmul Hossain, Towhid Hridoy, Shakib al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mehidy Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman/ Shoriful Islam

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dushan Hemantha, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha

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