So, the league stage of the Asia Cup 2022 is finished and now we will be entering the Super 4 stage today. All the qualified 4 teams will play 3 games at this stage.
The first of these games is today between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Afghanistan are the unbeaten team from Group B while Sri Lanka lost to Afghanistan but bounced back against Bangladesh to secure a spot in the Super 4s.
For Afghanistan, their bowling has been excellent so far and a lot will depend on their bowlers in today’s game as well. Sri Lanka for their part has to be wary of Afghanistan and prepare their strategies likewise.
One slip-up from the Lankan lions can cost them a chance of entering the finals. Afghanistan for their part has ticked off all the boxes and been doing really well so far in the tournament.
An interesting competition awaits us today between these two sides. It will be interesting to note if Sri Lanka is able to beat Afghanistan in today’s game.
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Match Format: T20I, Match 7, T20I Tournament
Date: 3rd September 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Streaming Platform: Fan Code
Live Broadcast: Star Sports Network
Yesterday, we saw a mammoth total being posted by Pakistan against Hong Kong at this very venue which was 193. In reply, Hong Kong were bundled out for just 38 runs. Today also we can expect a similar game between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The boundaries are short at Sharjah which means batsmen can make full use of them. The pitch becomes a little slow when the spinners are in action. The average first innings score here is 166 runs.
Team News & Injury Updates for SL vs AFG Dream11 Match:
As of now, there are no injury concerns on either side so we can expect full-strength teams to be taking part in today’s contest.
Complete Squad for SL vs AFG Dream11 Match:
Ashen Bandara, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Nuwanidu Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Chamika Karunaratne, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kusal Mendis (wk), Asitha Fernando, Binura Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwan Thushara, Pramod Madushan, Praveen Jayawickrama
Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Usman Ghani, Azmatullah Omarzai, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi (c), Samiullah Shinwari, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Afsar Zazai (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Fareed Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-Ul-Haq, Nijat Masood, Noor Ahmad, Qais Ahmad, Rashid Khan
Probable Playing XI for SL vs AFG Dream11 Match:
Sri Lanka has a deep batting order which helped them win the match against Bangladesh. They will now have to play in a strategic way against Afghanistan to ensure that they win today’s match.
Predicted Playing XI:
Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka
The Afghanis are having the time of their life in the Asia Cup. They beat both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and became the first team to qualify for the Super 4s. They will want to defeat Sri Lanka yet again in today’s game.
Predicted Playing XI:
Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Karim Janat, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-Ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Top Picks for SL vs AFG Dream11 Match:
Karunaratne is in good form for Sri Lanka right now. In the Asia Cup so far, Karunaratne has 47 runs and 2 wickets to his credit. Sri Lanka would be hoping for another good performance from him against Afghanistan.
Rajapaksa has only 40 runs to his name and will be hoping to make a significant impact against Afghanistan today.
Hasaranga is doing well for Sri Lanka in this tournament with the ball in hand. He has 4 runs and 3 wickets to his name and will be hoping to deliver a match-winning performance for his team against Afghanistan.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mujeeb has been a magician with the ball for Afghanistan and has picked up wickets right from ball one. To his credit, he already has 5 wickets in the tournament so far and will be eager to add more to his tally.
Although he has gotten wickets here and there in this tournament, Rashid still has 3 wickets in the Asia Cup this year. He will be looking to grab more wickets today.
Farooqi has done well with the ball for Afghanistan so far. Overall, he has 8 runs and 2 wickets to his name as of now. He will be a key player for Afghanistan in today’s contest.
Players to avoid for SL vs AFG Dream11 Match:
Fernando proved quite expensive in the last match against Bangladesh. He took only a single wicket but gave away 51 runs as well. His economy at the end of the first innings read 12.75 which is pretty high for a T20 game. Thus, Sri Lanka should look for a better bowler with a better economy rate.
Nabi made only 8 runs in the last match against Bangladesh. A lot will be expected of him in today’s match. As the skipper, Nabi has to be effective with both bat and ball.
Our Playing XI for SL vs AFG Dream11 Match:
SL vs AFG:
Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Najibullah Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga (vc), Chamika Karunaratne, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi (c)
Looking at the team combinations, it is clear that Afghanistan are looking the stronger team in this contest.
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