- Match: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (SL vs AFG)
- Date-27th August 2022
- Match Format- T20I
- Venue- Dubai
- Time- 7:30 PM (IST)
- Weather- Sunny (37 degrees Celsius)
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (SL vs AFG) Today Match Prediction Preview
Welcome to the SL vs AFG Today Match Prediction curated by Kheltalk cricket experts. Sri Lanka will take on Afghanistan in the 1st match of Asia Cup 2022 at Dubai on Saturday, 27th August 2022. Keep on reading for more information on the SL vs AFG game.
Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will kick off the Asia Cup 2022 on Saturday. Though the matches are played in the UAE, Sri Lanka still has the hosting rights for the tournament.
Interestingly, this is just the second T20I clash between two Asian teams over the years. Both teams met in 2016 once, and the match went Sri Lanka’s way. Afghanistan made 153 that day. Asghar Afghan led the team from the front with 47-ball 62. Thisara Perera was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka with 3/33. Tillakaratne Dilshan showed no mercy to Afghanistan bowlers as he went on to take the team home with an unbeaten 83.
Meanwhile, none of the Sri Lankan players from the 2016 match is available for this series. Even Dushmantha Chameera is ruled out of the game because of injury. This new Sri Lankan team has struggled when it comes to the T20I format, having won just two matches in the recent 11 T20Is. Their last T20I series is against the second-string Indian team last year.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, enjoyed a decent run against Ireland and Bangladesh. However, they don’t meet “stronger” opponents like Sri Lanka every month, and this could be a test for them. Considering the current form of both teams, Afghanistan holds a good chance of kicking off the tournament with a good win today.
SL vs AFG Head-to-Head Records
|17-MAR-2016||Sri Lanka||6 wickets||Kolkatta|
Top Batsmen for SL vs AFG
Najibullah Zadran- 78 Matches, 1487 runs, 141.75 strike rate
Hazratullah Zazai- 28 Matches, 867 runs, 144.50 strike rate
Dasun Shanaka- 68 matches, 1015 runs, 116.66 strike rate
Pathum Nissanka- 23 Matches, 628 runs, 115.65 strike rate
Top Bowlers for SL vs AFG
Fazalhaq Farooqi- 9 Matches, 12 wickets, 6 economy rate
Rashid Khan- 66 Matches, 112 wickets, 6.22 economy rate
Maheesh Theekshana- 18 Matches, 16 wickets, 6.44 economy rate
Wanindu Hasaranga- 38 matches, 62 wickets, 6.61 economy rate
SL vs AFG Today Match Prediction Scenarios
Scenario 1- If SL bats first
- First Innings score prediction- SL expected to score around 160
- Result prediction- SL to win by 15 to 20 runs
Scenario 2- If AFG bats first
- First Innings score prediction- AFG is expected to score around 160
- Result prediction-SL will win the match by 9 wickets
SL vs AFG Today Match Prediction, Asia Cup 2022, Who Will Win the Match?
Sri Lanka to win this match
Sri Lanka will begin this contest as favourites though this match is likely to go down the wire. Everything will come down to the way the both teams bat against the spinners. Wanindu Hasaranga and Rashid Khan are the players who are likely to decide the winners today. One has to give to Sri Lanka because of the experience they have in the line-up.
Team Availability/ Injury updates
Dushmantha Chameera is the major miss for Sri Lanka in this tournament.
SL vs AFG Probable Playing 11
SL Playing XI
Kusal Mendis (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka
AFG Playing XI
Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (capt), Samiullah Shinwari, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad
Squad for SL vs AFG, Asia Cup 2022
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.
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.