Sri Lanka, Afghanistan appetite to win Asia Cup ‘starter’. All You Need to Know  

By: News Desk
Published: 12:58 PM, 27 Aug, 2022
Sri Lanka, Afghanistan appetite to win Asia Cup ‘starter’. All You Need to Know  
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The opening game of the Asia Cup 2022 is about to take place on Saturday (today) at the Dubai Cricket Stadium where Sri Lanka and Afghanistan teams lock the horns. 

Sri Lanka reached Dubai after taking part in the Lanka’s domestic T20 while Afghanistan, on the other side, stepped in the competition after losing a T20I series against Ireland. Both team fans are waiting for an action-packed game.

Pitch Report

The Dubai International Stadium's surface is anticipated to be favorable for batsmen with the ball coming perfectly onto the bat. The bowlers can also benefit from the new ball's help and attempt to grab an early wickets in powerplays. Experts opined that captain who will win the toss today would opt to bowl first.

Spotlight on key payers 

Pathum Nissanka: With an average of 28.54 and strike rate 115.65, Pathum Nissanka of Sri Lanka has scored 628 runs in just 23 T20 Internationals. The right-handed batsman has five fifty-scores, with his best scoring 75. Nissanka is a good hitter who seems comfortable when facing both spin and fast bowling. He is anticipated to play a significant role for his squad in the opening game. 

Naveen-ul-Haq: With an average of 18.04 and 25 wickets in just 18 matches, Naveen-ul-Haq, an Afghanistan fast bowler, can be crucial to his team's victory vs Sri Lanka. The right-arm fast bowler has the ability to swing the new ball, and his slower ball variants can be helpful in the final few overs of an innings. Naveen’s bowling will be crucial in the contest between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka

Possible Squads 

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 Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad.