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Asia Cup 2022: SL Playing 11 vs AFG (Predicted), Match 01. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will lock horns in the opening game of the Asia Cup 2022 competition to be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday, 27th August at 7:30 pm IST.

Five-time Asia Cup Champions, Sri Lanka will be looking to put on a strong show in this fixture. Captain Dasun Shanaka will be hoping that the experienced Sri Lankan team can deliver the goods with bat and ball in the opening Asia Cup 2022 clash.

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Sri Lanka will be looking to turn their fortunes in this year’s Asia Cup 2022. Dasun Shanaka will be hoping that the side can adjust to the conditions and perform consistently in this Asia Cup 2022.

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In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, and Pathum Nissanka to deliver the bulk of the runs and help the Islanders post a competitive score on the board in the Asia Cup 2022 opener.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the pacer Chamika Karunaratne to provide early breakthroughs with the new ball. The spin duo of Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana will be required to stem the flow of the runs and also pick up important wickets for Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2022.

Dilshan Madhushanaka is a very good new ball bowler and is likely to fill the void of Dushmantha Chameera who is ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022. Matheesha Pathirana and Nuwan Thushara will be fighting for a spot in the playing 11 for the 2nd seamer spot in Asia Cup 2022 opener.

Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka enter the competition without their premier fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, who got ruled out due to injury. Apart from that setback, the Island nation has a balanced side with some quality players like opener Pathum Nissanka, hard-hitter Bhanuka Rajapaksa, star spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, and newbie Mahesh Theekshana. They will hope to start their campaign on a winning note as they aim to clinch their first title since 2014.

Dasun Shanaka
Dasun Shanaka. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Asia Cup 2022: SL Playing 11 vs AFG (Predicted), Match 01

Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis. (Credits: Twitter)
Kusal Mendis. (Credits: Twitter)
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Kusal Mendis is arguably the most talented batter in the Sri Lankan playing XI and will be crucial for their chances heading into the Asia Cup 2022 later this month. The 27-year-old elegant batter is a vital cog in the middle order or may play as an opener. He has scored 681 runs in 35 T20I innings averaging 20.03 with 6 fifties.

Kusal Mendis made his debut for the national side in 2015 and instantly rose to fame with his impeccable application and technique at the crease, especially in the longest format of the game.

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