Predicts Bangladesh Playing11 vs Sri Lanka for Asian Cup 2022 Game 5.

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Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka in the fifth game of Asian Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday, September 1. Both teams enter this contest, having suffered humiliating defeats against an in-form Afghanistan. While the Bangladeshis suffered a seven-wicket defeat, the Lankans suffered an eight-wicket loss to the side managed by Mohammad Nabi.

This is a knockout match in Group B where the equation is simple. The winner moves on to the Super 4 while the losing team will be eliminated and so there is so much at stake for these two teams. Bangladesh, who are the second of the last two editions of the continental tournament, must release their A-game in order to extend their stay in the United Arab Emirates. Although the team led by Shakib Al Hasan may not be in form in the T20I, they can surprise any opposition on this day, which is why Sri Lanka must be extremely careful.

Without further ado, here is Bangladesh’s predicted XI against Sri Lanka.

Openers: Mohammad Naim and Anamul Haque

It would once again fall to the opening pair of Mohammad Naim and Anamul Haque to provide a quick start in Bangladesh. However, the storyline this time is extremely difficult as it is a must meet and these two have to fire all cylinders at all costs. Mohammad Naim had a bad outing in the last game where he was sent off for just six points.

Anamul Haque, on the other hand, also failed to make an impact, as did his opening partner Naim, as even he was bamboozled by Afghanistan mysterious spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman with just five runs against his name. Anamul now hopes to make amends by providing a solid platform for his team.

Middle Order: Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Atif Hossain

Even though Bangladesh have a relatively experienced middle tier, only one of them was able to offer some resistance in what was otherwise a forgettable performance. Wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was trapped in front of the wicket by Leggie Rashid Khan for one.

Even Atif Hossain was deceived by Rashid for 12 which left Bangladesh reeling at 53/5. Hossain should now show his ability to be a solid finisher against Sri Lanka.

Mahmudullah Riyadh, on the other hand, tried to fight back hard scoring a crucial 25, but his stay in the crease couldn’t last too long and Bangladesh were eventually limited to a par 127/7 under. Riyadh was hoping to execute his striking abilities to perfection against the Lankans.

Versatile: Shakib Al Hasan (c) and Mosaddek Hossain

Bangladesh’s new T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan is the first wicket-taker in this format and also has a reputation for playing game-changing shots in the middle and at the death. However, he looked ordinary against Afghanistan where he was casted by Mujeeb Ur Rahman for 11 years and also could only manage the wicket of Rahmanullah Gurbaz.

Mosaddek Hossain, meanwhile, was the savior for Bangladesh with both bat and ball. His vital 31 unbeaten 48 balls helped last edition’s finalists to a decent 127/7 on the board and he also contributed with the ball in hand when factoring in Hazratullah Zazai.

Bowlers: Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

Mahedi Hasan Miraz was left without a wicket in the last game against Sri Lanka. However, he is known for his ability to deliver vital breakthroughs with his incredible spin bowling. Mohammad Saifuddin snagged the wicket of Afghan skipper Mohammad Nabi in the last game and is known to be from Bangladesh death specialists with the ability to play yorkers consistently.

Taskin Ahmed was unsuccessful in the last encounter but the experienced pacemaker has the potential to deliver some unexpected setbacks for the opposition. Pace spearhead Mustafizur Rahman also went without a wicket in the previous game. Nonetheless, the left-arm speedster is known for his reputation for fooling hitters with his exceptional knives.

Here is the Bangladesh Predicted Playing XI:

Mohammad Naim, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Afif Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

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