Sri Lanka will play Afghanistan in the opening match of the 2022 Asia Cup. It will be important for the Lankan Lions to start their campaign on a positive note, but Afghanistan also needs to rebound after losing 3-2 to Ireland in five T20 matches in Ireland.
The Asian Cricket Council relocated the tournament to the United Arab Emirates due to economic turmoil in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka will be led by Dasun Shanaka during the Asia Cup 2022. Mohammad Nabi is Afghanistan’s captain in the tournament. Both teams are in group B of the tournament. Bangladesh is also in the same group.
Afghanistan ranks 10th in T20 Internationals, while Sri Lanka ranks 8th. Due to the unpredictable nature of T20, it will be interesting to see how these equally matched teams fare against each other.
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Sri Lanka and Afghanistan’s winning details
Sri Lanka lost 1-2 to Australia in June this year. Sri Lanka lost the first T20I by 10 wickets and the second by 3 wickets in the three-match series. In the third T20I, the team came from behind to win by four wickets.
Afghanistan and Ireland played a T20I series earlier this month. In the five-match series, Afghanistan lost 2-3. The first T20I was won by Ireland by seven wickets, and the second by five wickets. Afghanistan won the third T20I by 22 runs, and the fourth T20I by 7 wickets. In the 5th T20I, Afghanistan lost by 7 wickets.
Sri Lanka and Afghanistan Squad
Sri Lanka 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.
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.
SL vs Afg Head to Head in Asia Cup
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