Sri Lanka take on Afghanistan in the first game of Asia Cup 2022 in Dubai on August 27. This is the 16th edition of the tournament with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan placed in group A along with Bangladesh. India, Pakistan and Hong Kong make up group B.
Asia Cup 2022 will be hosted by Sri Lanka in UAE. A total of 13 matches will take place during the tournament. India is the defending champions of the tournament, which won the title back in 2018 by defeating Bangladesh in the final. India has also won the most 7 Asia Cup titles so far. Sri Lanka comes next with 5 titles while Pakistan has won 2 titles.
This Aisa Cup will be played in the 20-over format given that this is the year of the T20 World Cup. During the group stage, each team will play one match against the teams in their group. The top 2 teams from both groups will qualify for the super four round. During the super 4 round, each team will play one match against the other. The top two teams will qualify for the final.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan- Match Preview, Asia Cup 2022, Match 01
Angelo Mathews is not a part of the squad that has been announced by the SLC for the tournament. Dasun Shanaka will be leading the side with Dinesh Chandimal as part of the squad as well. Wanindu Hasaranga will be the premier spinner. The side has won the title five times the last of which was in 2014. They defeated Pakistan in the final to win the title for the fifth time. This time around they have a balanced squad with talented players to take them the distance.
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, Dinesh Chandimal
Afghanistan are the dark horse of this tournament. Heading into this tournament they played 10 games and came up with some decent performances. They clean swept Zimbabwe in a T20I series while the series against Zimbabwe finished 1-1 and 2-3 to Ireland. The Afghanistan vs Ireland series is the most evenly contested series in recent times. Mohammed Nabi will be leading the side and the onus will be on the experienced players to guide them through against the bigger teams. The Asian side looks set to make a few major upsets in this tournament.
Mohammad Nabi (C), Najibullah Zadran (VC), Afsar Zazai (WK), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujib ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Rashid Khan and Samiullah Shinwari
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