Danushka Gunathilaka has been ruled out of the Asia Cup 2018 as Sri Lanka is all set to take on Bangladesh in the opening game of the tournament on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.

Final scorecard:

Sri Lanka lose by 137 runs

Bangladesh 261 in 50 overs.

Overs 40 - Bangladesh 198/7

Bangladesh won the toss and they bat first

The toss will take place at 4:30 PM IST.

The match is scheduled to begin at 5:00 PM SLST, 5:30 PM BST.

The two teams are slotted in the group B alongside Afghanistan, who are set to start their campaign against Sri Lanka on September 17.

TV telecast and live streaming details

India & Subcontinent: Star Sports, DD National (DD1), DD Sports, live streaming on Hotstar

Australia, USA: Yupp TV

South Africa: SuperSport

Bangladesh: Gazi TV (GTV), Channel 9, BTV National

Afghanistan: Ariana TV

New Zealand: Yupp TV

Sri Lanka: SLRC (Channel Eye)

Pakistan: PTV Sports, Ten Sports

Hong Kong: Star Sports

History favors the Lankans

Bangladesh is currently placed at No. 7 in ICC ODI rankings, while Sri Lanka is placed at the No. 8 spot on the same list. Sri Lanka has a better overall ODI record against Bangladesh even though their recent form in the format has not been great.

The two teams have faced against each other in 44 one-day games, of which Sri Lanka has won 36 matches and Bangladesh has won just six matches with two matches ending without a result. Sri Lanka is set to miss Dinesh Chandimal for the Asia cup while Akila Dananjaya will be unavailable for selection for the first two games.

Sri Lanka also suffered a major setback when According to Cricbuzz, Danshuka Gunathilaka was ruled out of the tournament just a couple of days prior to the opening game. Amongst all of this, the Lankans are still set to find a balance to their side. Lasith Malinga is likely to make a comeback into the side after a year, while Dilruwan Perera might come in to replace Dhananjaya.

Liton Das to open with Tamim for Bangladesh

Bangladesh is coming into the tournament after a historic series win the Caribbean in July.

Overall, the Tigers have a settled unit except for a few places they would like to fix on with the world cup starting in just over 9 months.

Bangladesh is yet to find a suitable partner of Tamim Iqbal to open the innings, but Liton Das might get the position for the Asia Cup. Shabbir Rahman's suspension has also opened up the spot at No. 7.

The weather is set to test the stamina of the players on the ground, as the temperatures are expected to cross 40 degrees in the day while it may come down to mid-30s at the night.

According to the ESPNCrinifo, the team batting second might largely benefit as the recent history shows the teams chasing have won four out of the last five games.

Tomorrow, Sept. 16, 2018, Pakistan will play its first game against new entrants Hong Kong.

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