Asia Cup Live: Asitha Fernando strikes his maiden T20I wicket

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Asitha Fernando clinched his maiden wicket as he sent Sabbir Rahman back to the pavilion.

Sabbir Rahman attempted to pull but struggled with his footwork because of the confined space. The late shot played by the batsman edged the delivery towards wicket-keeper who took an easy catch.

When Sri Lanka’s captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss against Bangladesh in the last Asia Cup Group B match, he elected to field first. After Afghanistan easily defeated Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, both teams are in a knockout situation. Afghanistan has advanced to the Super 4s, where they will be joined by the winner of tonight’s game in Dubai.

In a clean seamer-for-seamer swap, Asitha Fernando replaces Matheesha Pathirana to make his T20I debut for Sri Lanka. Mohammad Saifuddin, Anamul Haque, and both of Bangladesh’s openers Mohammad Naim were dropped. They have added Sabbir Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz in addition to giving Ebadot Hossain his debut in the shortest format.