In the 1st match of Asia Cup 2018, Sri Lanka will lock horns with Bangladesh at Dubai International stadium in the United Arab Emirates today. Both the teams are grappling with injuries ahead of the tournament opener clash which might bring changes in the playing 11 of both the teams. Bangladesh come into the tournament on the back of a 2-1 series win over the West Indies in the Caribbean, while Sri Lanka’s lost their last assignment, a five-match home series against South Africa, but have some momentum after having won the last two games of that series and then the one-off Twenty20 International.
For Bangladesh, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan needs a surgery on his left little finger, but has pushed it back till after the Asia Cup; Tamim Iqbal, the senior opener, has a swollen right ring finger and Nazmul Hossain, the off-spinner, also has an injury in his bowling hand. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is suffering from the injury of Danushka Gunathilaka and Dinesh Chandimal. Danushka Gunathilaka has returned home even before the start of the Asia Cup 2018 with a lower back problem, and has been replaced by Shehan Jayasuriya, the off-spinning all-rounder.
Before the Gunathilaka-Jayasuriya swap came the news that Dinesh Chandimal is out with a finger injury – Niroshan Dickwella, the wicket-keeper batsman, has since replaced him.