Sri Lanka is all set to face Afghanistan in the first match of the Asia Cup 2022. The match is scheduled in Dubai and as Sri Lanka has not lost the hosting rights, the team will be opening the continental tournament. However, Lankans are not known for the shortest format as the team has lost all the T20 series this year. On the other hand, Afghanistan also faced a close loss against Ireland in the previous T20 series of five matches.
Sri Lanka’s famous pacer Chameera will not play in the Asia Cup due to his calf injury and the team will have Asitha Fernando, Chamaika Karunartane, and Dasun Shanaka as pace bowlers. However, the Lankans have exceptional spinners with Maheesh Theekshana, Hasaranaga, and Dhananjaya de Silva adding up excitement among fans with their presence.
Afghanistan team, led by Mohammad Nabi portrayed an excellent game but failed in knocking out Ireland in their previous championship. However, the team seems to be in a good form to face the Lankans on Saturday.
Hazratullah Zazai will be starting the batting lineup for Afghanistan for the Asia Cup along Gurbaz. Whereas, Ibrahim Zadran purveyed extreme manoeuvres during the matches against Ireland and fans are expecting fierce innings from him in this championship.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 Match 1 Probable XIs:
Sri Lanka Team Squad for 1st Asia Cup Match
Wanindu Hasaranga (C), Pathum Nissanka, Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajaspaksa, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Asitha Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay
Afghanistan Team Squad for 1st Asia Cup Match
Rashid Khan (C), Najibullah Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad, Karim Janat
SL vs AFG Pitch Report
The first match of the Asia Cup 2022 will be played in Dubai. The pitch is pretty even with adequate assistance for batters and bowlers. Spinners will get suitable ambience due to their slow nature. The average score is expected to be 140.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Weather Forecast
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Asia Cup game commences at 7.30 pm IST. The temperature during this time will be around 33 degrees in the evening with no chance of rain.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Match Details
Match: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan – match 1, Asia Cup 2022
Date & Time: August 27 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Suggested Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Fantasy Team
Keeper – Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Batsmen – Najibullah-Zadran, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka
All-rounders – Wanindu Hasaranga (C), Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat (VC)
Bowlers – Rashid-Khan, Maheesh Theekshana, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman
SL vs AFG Match Prediction
According to the current form of the players, Sri Lanka is expected to be the winner in today’s match.