The 14th edition of Asia Cup is commencing today in UAE and Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in its opening game at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. Bangladesh is coming with a series win over West Indies and will be eager to clinch their maiden title after losing in the finals of 2012 and 2016 Asia Cup.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka have been poor in ODIs for a long time and still they haven't found their perfect squad and are still experimenting. They have already suffered two blows before the start of the tournament as Danushka Gunathilaka is out due to injury and spinner Akila Dananjaya will also miss few games due to personal reasons.
All the major stats and facts all you need to know as Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka in the opening game of Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai :
1. Head to Head in ODIs -
|Venue||Matches||Won by BAN||Won by SL||Tied||NR|
0 - Number of matches Bangladesh won against Sri Lanka at neutral venues in ODI cricket. Bangladesh has played 8 ODIs against Sri Lanka at neutral venues and lost all of them.
5 - Bangladesh have lost all the 5 ODIs they played in UAE and will be playing their first ODI in UAE since 1995. On the other hand, Sri Lanka have 33 wins from 93 ODIs they played in UAE.
19.33 - Mushfiqur Rahim's ODI batting average against Sri Lanka - the lowest for him against an opponent in ODI cricket (Min 5 innings).
49 - Number of wins for Angelo Mathews as ODI captain and needs just one more victory to become the fourth Sri Lankan captain to win 50 or more ODIs.
53.78 - Shakib al Hasan's ODI bowling average against Sri Lanka. He has taken only 14 wickets from 21 ODIs against Sri Lanka.
137 - Upul Tharanga needs 137 more runs to complete 7000 ODI runs. He will become the 8th Sri Lankan player to achieve this milestone.
244 - Mashrafe Mortaza has taken 244 wickets in ODIs so far and needs 6 more wickets to become the first ever Bangladeshi bowler to take 250 wickets in ODIs.