SL vs AFG: Match Preview – Asia Cup 2022, Match 1

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SL vs AFG: Match Preview – Asia Cup 2022, Match 1. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will face each other in their opening game of Asia Cup 2022. The SL vs AFG match of Asia Cup 2022 will take place on August 27 (Saturday). The venue of the clash is Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.

Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have only played one T20I game against each other in the past which was during T20 World Cup 2016. Sri Lanka managed to defeat Afghanistan in that match. In Asia Cup 2022, both teams are part of group B. Bangladesh is another team in the same group.

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Sri Lanka last played a T20I series against Australia at home in June 2022. In the series, Sri Lanka lost the 1st T20I by 10 wickets and the 2nd T20I by 3 wickets. Sri Lanka managed to win the 3rd T20I by 4 wickets. However, they lost the series 1-2.

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

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Talking about Afghanistan, they played a T20I series against Ireland earlier this month. In the series, Afghanistan lost the 1st T20I by 7 wickets and the 2nd T20I by 5 wickets. Afghanistan won the 3rd T20I by 22 runs and the 4th T20I by 27 runs. However, they lost the 5th T20I by 7 wickets and lost the series 3-2.

SL vs AFG: Match Preview – Asia Cup 2022, Match 1

Sri Lanka

Dasun Shanaka
Dasun Shanaka. Image: Sri Lanka Cricket.

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Sri Lanka is led by Dasun Shanaka in Asia Cup 2022. Some crucial batsmen for the team are Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Kusal Mendis. Some key bowlers for the team are Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, and Matheesha Pathirana.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, Image Source: Twitter

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SL Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Ashen Bandara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwanidu Fernando, Nuwan Thusara, Dinesh Chandimal.

Afghanistan

Mohammad Nabi PC
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Mohammad Nabi is the skipper of Afghanistan in the Asia Cup 2022. Some crucial batters for the team are Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, and Najibullah Zadran. Soe key bowlers for the team are Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Naveen-ul-Haq.

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AFG Squad: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai, Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shinwari. Standby: Nijat Masood, Qais Ahmed, Sharafuddin Ashraf.

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