The Indians have opened the Asia Cup 2016 account in style. Bangladesh lose their first one. Now its time for the T20 world cup defending champions Sri Lanka to play their first match. The UAE team has entered the 'big boys' league by winning the Asia Cup qualifiers. They face the mighty Lankans today at Mirpur in the 2nd match of Asia Cup 2016. Enjoy live streaming and scores on HotStar. Watch live telecast on Star Sports HD network with live Hindi and English commentary.
Sri Lankan team that visited India for a T20 bilateral series looked inexperienced. They had put in some spirited performances but they weren't a match to the Indian team. Now if we look at their squad they are relatively stronger.
Lanka's batting line up looks strong with Tillekaratna Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kapugedara and Thisara Perera. The bowling line up now gets a lot of strength after Malinga returns to the squad. Even Mathews comes in handy with his short spells.
Sri Lanka dearly missed the bowling of Lasith Malinga in the bilateral series against India. His toe-breaking yorkers would be a treat to watch. He would be highly dangerous for an inexperienced team like UAE. Hopefully the UAE batsmen are prepared to face his lethal bowling.
Nuwan Kulasekara will give Malinga a good support from the other end. He can swing the ball either ways. Mirpur track is not completely batting friendly. So he gets some chance to show his skills. Dushmantha Chameera, Senanayeke and Herath would add more value to their bowling line up.
As far as the UAE team is concerned, they would be super glad to make it to the Asia Cup 2016. They played against Afghanistan, Oman and Hong Kong in the qualifiers. They did well by beating all of them and reaching the Asia Cup. They made easy wins against Hong Kong and Oman. Afghanistan was a tough one to beat.
Two players to look out in the UAE team would be Mohammed Naveed and Mohammed Shahzad. They both did well in the Asia Cup qualifiers. Even if UAE manages to win one match, that would remain in their memories forever. UAE fans would eagerly await for an upset in this Asia Cup.
UAE next play's Bangladesh on 27th.
The match begins live on HotStar and Star Sports at 7pm Indian Standard Time.