Asian Cup 2022 | Dasun Shanaka calls Bangladesh ‘easier opponent’, Mehidy Hasan replies ‘will meet on the pitch’

Dasun Shanaka tackled Bangladesh after his team’s loss to Afghanistan, saying they will be able to do better against the Tigers as they are easier to play against. However, Mehidy Hasan declined to comment directly on the same stating that the truth will come out when the two finally face off.

that of Sri Lanka Asian Cup The campaign got off to a humbling start as they were bagged for a paltry 105 by Afghanistan on decent ground in Dubai. In response, the bowlers were beaten by Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, as the Afghans eventually ran out of the winners by eight wickets with 58 balls still to spare. The majority of the damage was done by Fazalhaq Farooqi who rained down mayhem with the new ball and ended up with numbers of 3.4-1-11.3. Naveen ul Haq and Mohammad Nabi also contributed with two scalps apiece while Rashid Khan made sure to keep the batsmen under pressure with a save of just 3.

Speaking after the match, Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka pointed out that they will be able to fare better in their next game against Bangladesh as they don’t have the same firepower in bowling.

“Afghanistan has a world-class bowling attack. We know that Fizz (Mustafizur Rahman) is a good bowler. Shakib (al-Hasan) is a world-class bowler. But apart from them, there is no world-class bowler on the side. . So if we compare with Afghanistan, Bangladesh is an easier opponent,” he told India Today.


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However, Tigers’ Mehidy Hasan didn’t share the same opinion as he chose to approach the commentary in a much more cryptic way. The all-rounder pointed out that every team has good days and bad days and when it comes to discovering the best team between them and the Lions, the answer can only be found when they face off in Dubai on Thursday.

“I don’t want to say this team is good and this team is bad. I think good and bad are proven on the pitch. A good team can lose if they play badly that day and so can a bad team can win if they play a good game of cricket,” he said.

In the last five encounters between the two nations, Sri Lanka have won three to two against Bangladesh, but all encounters have been tightly contested. However, Bangladesh will first have to pass through Afghanistan on Tuesday to open their campaign before facing Sri Lanka who will surely decide the fate of the group.

”We will meet on the pitch and at the end of the day the right team will win the game and what I think is that we have to prove it on the pitch because if we play well everyone will know for sure who is a good team and who is a bad team so instead of predicting beforehand I think it is important to play well on the pitch,” added Hasan.

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