Sri Lanka VS Afghanistan

The Super 4 stage of Asia Cup 2022 begins today. Sri Lanka VS Afghanistan is the first conquest. Afghanistan is a surprise entrant in the top 4 as they played out Bangladesh to earn their spot in the Super 4 stage. They were the best team in the 1st Group. With that being said, what are the points to ponder upon in the upcoming game? Here is an in-depth preview of the Sri Lanka VS Afghanistan Super 4 Game: 

Afghanistan Team Preview Before Sri Lanka VS Afghanistan: 

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All eyes will be on spin maestro Rashid Khan.

The first team to qualify for the Super 4 stage after India was Afghanistan. They were very dominant in the first stage of the tournament. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan along with Fazalhaq Farooqi held their bowling together. Their top batters were Najibullah Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz. It is always said that if the Afghani bowlers manage to wrap the opposition for around 150, the batters can get the job done. The rising giants of Asia have performed exceptionally well.  

Afghanistan Squad for Asia Cup 2022: 

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. 

Playing XI: 

Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrhaim Zadra, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Jannat, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen Ul Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi. 

Sri Lanka Team Preview Before Sri Lanka VS Afghanistan: 

Sri Lanka might not be that high on confidence as they have barely managed to qualify for the Super 4s. They would have expected more clinical performance. With that being said, they can fancy their chances against Afghanistan in the Super 4 as the team doesn’t have experience performing in the later stages of a multi-national tournament. Kusal Mendis was impressive with the bat. Maheesh Teekshana and Pathirana need to play to potential  

Sri Lanka Squad for Asia Cup 2022: 

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. 

Playing XI: 

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Teekshana, Asitha Fernanado, Dilshan Madhushanka.  

Expected top Performer in Sri Lanka VS Afghanistan Super 4: 

Charith Asalanka: 

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IMG SRC: The Indian Express.

The expected top performer with the bat is Asalanka. Sri Lanka relies on this solid batter for support. He is the rock of their team and is technically very sound. His success will eventually mean the success of the Sri Lankans.  

Venue and Timings: 

The game will take place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The broadcasting of the game will begin at 7: 30pm Indian Standard Time on Disney + Hotstar. The telecast of the game will be on the Star TV Network.  

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