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SL vs AFG Match Prediction – Who will win today’s Asia Cup match?

The Asian Cup starts on Saturday.

Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. (Photo source: Getty Images)

Team Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will face each other in the first match of the 2022 Asia Cup to be played at the Dubai International Stadium on August 27 (Saturday). Team Sri Lanka enters the competition after being involved in a local T20 tournament hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

On the other hand, Afghanistan enters the tournament after losing a T20I series against Ireland. The visitors were able to tie the series in the fourth game, but suffered a loss in the last meeting against the Irish team. Meanwhile, both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will be looking for a perfect start to the tournament.

Match details

Location – Dubai International Stadium

Date and time – August 27, 19:30 IST

Broadcasting and live streaming – Star Sports, Disney+Hotstar

Pitch Report

The wicket at the Dubai International Stadium is expected to be good for hitting with the ball hitting the bat nicely. The bowlers can also get some help with the new ball and try to scalp a few wickets during the field restrictions. The skipper who wins the toss may want to have a bowl first.

Likely playing XIs

Sri Lanka:

Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kusal Mendis (wicketkeeper), Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka.

Afghanistan:

Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper), Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (Captain), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid KhanNaveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad.

Likely top performers

Presumed best hitter of the game:

Pathum Nissanka:

Sri Lankan batter Pathum Nissanka has broken 628 runs in just 23 T20Is. The right-handed batter has also scored five fifties with a top 75. Nissanka is a technically good batter and looks comfortable against both spin and pace. He is expected to play a vital role for his team in the first meeting.

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Probably best bowler of the match:

Naveen-ul-Haq:

Afghan pacesetter Naveen-ul-Haq could play a key role in his team’s success against Sri Lanka. The pacer with the right arm can swing the new ball and his slower ball variations can come in handy during the death overs. He is one of the bowlers to watch out for on the first encounter.

Today Match Prediction: Chase team to win the match.

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan

Also check: Dream11 Team Prediction for SL vs AFG
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. When making your prediction, keep the mentioned points in mind and make your own decision.


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