Our Prediction: Sri Lanka to win, 1.17 Bet on Sri Lanka to win for Real Money
United Arab Emirates stormed into the main tournament of the Asia Cup series after emerging as winners of three qualifying games in a convincing way; they will take on Sri Lanka in the 2nd match of the series on 25th February at Dhaka. UAE had done itself proud by defeating contenders like Afghanistan and Hong Kong to be the only associate team to join the competition for the title; it needs to be seen if they can continue with their winning momentum against the stalwarts. Sri Lanka will not take its opposition lightly and will try to start their campaign with a big win here on Thursday.
Lasith Malinga with years of experience will lead the side and the pace attack along with bowlers like Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera; Dasun Shanaka and Chamara Kapugedera will bring variety and depth to the attack. Spinners Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake and Milinda Siriwardana have been in good form with the wickets and will try to pull out some tricks to outwit the opponents.
The batting line-up consists of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Shehan Jayasuriya and Niroshan Dickwella; but they must focus on building strong partnerships and get the big runs in order to dominate on the field.
They have plenty of all-rounders, which is an advantage in this format of the game; they will need to be cautious here and execute their strategy to perfection. Overall, they have a good mix of experience and young talent, which will give them the edge to do well in all departments of the game.
They started their campaign with a big win against favourites Afghanistan by 16 runs after defending 176 runs easily; Rohan Mustafa registered figures of 3-19 in less than 3 overs while Mohammad Naveed and Farhan Ahmed took 2 scalps each to stifle the opposition. Earlier, Mustafa opened the innings with a massive 77 off 50 balls while Kaleem, Usman and Shahzad kept the scoreboard ticking with good partnerships.
UAE has made it to the main event and will be eager to try and cause some upsets here; in their match against Oman, the batsmen yet again posted a competitive total of 172 runs, which the bowlers defended well getting the opponents all-out for just 101 runs. The batsmen are in tremendous form, getting the big runs while the bowlers provide a good mix of pace and spin with players like Naveed, Shahzad, Raza, Farhan Ahmed, Mustafa, Shaiman Anwar, Qadeer Ahmed and Usman Mushtaq.
They have good all-rounders like Rohan Mustafa, Mohammad Shahzad and the captain himself Amjad Javed; if they keep a positive attitude, they can definitely prove to be a strong outfit.
UAE have done brilliantly in the qualifiers by beating Afghanistan and are looking confident as a unit. They, however, lack much needed experience which comes handy while playing in such a big tournament. While UAE will take lessons from its recent victory to try and cause an upset here, we feel that Sri Lanka’s experience and confidence will give them the edge to emerge victorious here on Thursday.
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