The 2nd match of Asia Cup 2023 will see Bangladesh locking horns with Sri Lanka on Thursday, August 31st at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Bangladesh is coming off a tough loss against Afghanistan, but don’t write them off. They are a seriously dangerous squad in this tournament, captained by Shakib Al Hassan. Unfortunately, they are missing Liton Das and Ebadot Hossain due to injuries. However, they have got plenty of firepower left and they are aiming to kickstart their Asia Cup 2023 campaign with a total blast.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are co-hosting the tournament alongside Pakistan and they are a force to reckon with at home soil. They will be without the services of their star players Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, and Lahiru Kukara due to injuries. They won the Asia Cup title last year, when the tournament was played in the 20-overs format and they must be looking to defend it this year.
However, before we jump into the game buzz, let’s take a look at the pitch report of Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, stats, ground records and the weather report.
BAN vs SL: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Pitch Report
The pitch at this venue is a fair playground – batters and bowlers both get a shot. We have seen 300+ runs posted right here. Chasing is easy here under the lights. Spinners tend to rack up more wickets compared to the pacers and they will be the game changers once again. Batters, take note: find your groove before you swing for the fences because as the ball loses its shine, it’s prime time for some solid hits.
BAN vs SL: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Pitch Record, & Stats
- Total matches: 36
- Matches won batting first: 15
- Matches won bowling first: 20
- Average 1st Inns scores: 250
- Average 2nd Inns scores: 202
- Highest total recorded: 363/7 (50 Ov) by RSA vs SL
- Lowest total recorded: 70/10 (24.4 Ov) by ZIM vs SL
- Highest score chased: 314/6 (49.4 Ov) by SL vs AFG
- Lowest score defended: 206/9 (36 Ov) by WI vs SL
BAN vs SL: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Weather Report
Based on weather forecasts, Pallekele City in Sri Lanka is expected to experience a daytime temperature of 30°C on August 31 (Thursday), followed by a nighttime low of 23°C. Thunderstorms are predicted during the game.