Asia Cup 2022: Sri Lanka will be up against Afghanistan for the first match of the Asia Cup 2022 at Dubai International Stadium. Sri Lanka has the hosting rights of the continental tournament. By analyzing the performances in the previous matches, Mohammad Nabi-led Afghanistan has a lead compared with Sri Lanka. Afghanistan would be hoping the batting and bowling fires collectively against Sri Lanka.
Match: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, T20 1 of 13
Date: 27th August 2022
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Stadium.
Pitch Condition: The first match of the Asia Cup will be played at Dubai International Stadium. The pitch here provides assistance to batters and bowlers equally. The spinners may get a good range of wickets due to its slow nature. The average first innings score will be 140.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan – The Squad
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka, Nuwanidu Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal.
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai, Farid Ahmad Malik, Azmatullah Omarzai, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Karim Janat, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shinwari.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan – Performance in the Past Matches
Sri Lanka will lock horns against Afghanistan in the first match of the Asia Cup 2022. Even though Sri Lanka has the hosting rights of the tournament and opening the game, they are not in a good form in the T20 format. They lost all the T20 series they played in 2022. Also, the experienced Lankan pacer Dushmantha Chameera is out of the tournament due to a calf injury. Afghanistan is also coming from a close loss against Ireland in the 5-match T20 series. Both teams will aim to make a winning start in the tournament.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan – Face to Face
Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have faced each other in 2 matches in Asia Cup tournaments. Out of these 2 games, each won a single game. Also, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have faced each other in 1 T20 match. Sri Lanka has come out victorious on that occasion.
Here our experts at FCL are giving a prediction for the coming match. Hope you could find it helpful by any means.
Wicket-Keepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
Batsmen: Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran.
All-Rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammad Nabi.
Bowlers: Maheesh Theekshana, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Rashid Khan.
Captain: Wanindu Hasaranga.
Vice-Captain: Rashid Khan.
Wicket-Keepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Kusal Mendis.
Batsmen: Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Najibullah Zadran.
All-Rounders: Mohammad Nabi.
Bowlers: Praveen Jayawikrama,Mujeeb ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Captain: Najibullah Zadran.
Vice-Captain: Kusal Mendis
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