Asia Cup 2022: AFG Playing 11 vs SL (Predicted), Match 01

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Asia Cup 2022: AFG Playing 11 vs SL (Predicted), Match 01. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will lock horns in the opening game of the 2022 Asia Cup competition to be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday, 27th August at 7:30 pm IST.

Five-time Asia Cup Champions, Sri Lanka will be looking to put on a strong show in this fixture. Captain Dasun Shanaka will be hoping that the experienced Sri Lankan team can deliver the goods with bat and ball in the opening Asia Cup 2022 clash.

Asia Cup 2022 Photo Credit: (Twitter)

On the other hand, Afghanistan will certainly fancy its chances of beating Sri Lanka in these conditions. With world-class spinners in their ranks and opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz on their side, Afghanistan will be looking to produce their best cricket in this opening encounter. In the last 2016 ICC T20I World Cup played in India, Sri Lanka registered a five-wicket win over Afghanistan.

Sri Lanka will be looking to turn their fortunes in this year’s Asia Cup 2022. Dasun Shanaka will be hoping that the side can adjust to the conditions and perform consistently in this competition.

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Credits: Twitter)

Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka enter the competition without their premier fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, who got ruled out due to injury. They will hope to start their campaign on a winning note as they aim to clinch their first title since 2014.

Dushmantha Chameera
Dushmantha Chameera (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mohammad Nabi-led unit will need to raise their overall game in all three departments. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, and captain Mohammad Nabi to do the bulk of the scoring. Afghanistan will be appearing in their milestone 100th T20 international match.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen Ul Haq, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Noor Ahmad to provide crucial breakthroughs.

Fazalhaq Farooqi got injured during the Ireland series and might be a doubtful starter for the game. If Fazalhaq Farooqi isn’t fit, both Azmatullah Omarzai and Farid Ahmad Malik will play in the XI in Asia Cup 2022 opener.

Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi playing for Afghanistan.
Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi playing for Afghanistan. Credits: Twitter

Asia Cup 2022: AFG Playing 11 vs SL (Predicted), Match 01

Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Image: ACB

Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be the preferred opener for the Asia Cup 2022 due to the promising start to his career in the international arena. The young player may quickly eliminate the opposition’s momentum and can produce strong starts while batting as the top-order batter in the opening slot. He has scored 676 runs averaging 25.03 in 27 T20Is, having debuted in T20Is in 2019.

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