Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan: Afghanistan's Predicted Playing XI Against Sri Lanka , Asia Cup 2022, Super 4, Match 1

Published - 03 Sep 2022, 07:40 PM | Updated - 03 Sep 2022, 07:41 PM

Afghanistan Playing XI vs Bangladesh – ICC World Cup 2023, Match 3
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Afghanistan take on Sri Lanka in the first match of the Super 4 stage of Asia Cup 2022. The side became the first team to make it to the Super 4’s after winning two back-to-back games. Sri Lanka became the second team from group B to make it to the Super 4s after beating Bangladesh by two wickets.

Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in their opening game and Bangladesh by seven wickets in their second game to make it through to the Super 4 stage. The side has shown real strength in chasing down totals after restricting the opposition bowling first.

Afghanistan Team

They would like to play with the same plate in the Super 4 stage as they eye making it to their first-ever Asia Cup final. Speaking about their playing XI, they would like to play with the same side that won two back-to-back games.

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan: Afghanistan’s Predicted Playing XI Against Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2022, Super 4, Match 1

Hazratullah Zazai

Hazratullah Zazai
Hazratullah Zazai (Credits: Twitter)

Zazai is their talismanic opener. He played a sheet anchor’s role in the first two games and his role is expected to remain the same in this Super 4 clash against Sri Lanka.

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Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK)

Rahmanullah Gurbaz
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Gurbaz has been the aggressor at the top for Afghanistan. In the first two games, he scored 40 and 11 respectively. He needs to play a big inning against Sri Lanka.

Ibrahim Zadran

Ibrahim Zadran
Ibrahim Zadran (Image Credit: Getty)

Zadrabn will bat at number three. He gives them a solid option at number three who can carry on the innings deep for the likes of Nabi and Najib to finish in the end overs.

Mohammad Nabi (C)

Mohammad Nabi PC
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Nabi will bat at number four. So far he has used himself more with the ball than the bat. With many left-handers in the Lankan lineup, he will use himself within the powerplay.

Najibullah Zadran

Najibullah Zadran
Najibullah Zadran. Credits: Twitter

Zadran scored an unbeaten 43 off 17 balls against Bangladesh to take the game away from them. He needs to play a similar sort of an innings against a re-energised Lankan side.

Karim Janat

Karim Janat
Karim Janat (Credits: Twitter)

Janat has not been used too much with bat and ball so far. However, he will retain his side in the Xi as they would not like to break a winning combination.

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan. PC- Getty
Rashid Khan. PC- Getty

Rashid took 3 for 22 in the last match against Bangladesh. Rashid in the process has become the second-highest wicket-taker in T20Is only second after Shakib Al Hasan.

Azmatullah Omarzai

Azmatullah Omarzai
Azmatullah Omarzai (Photo by David Rowland-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Omarzai also has not been used so much with the ball as he has not been needed. However, he retains his place and has a chance to prove himself in this case. He is a right-arm seamer who can bat a bit as well.

Afghanistan’s Naveen-ul-Haq

Naveen will be the second seamer in the playing XI against Sri Lanka. So far in this Asia Cup, he has been economical with the ball.

Fazalhaq Farooqi

Fazalhaq Farooqi
Fazalhaq Farooqi (Credits: Twitter)

Faroqi rocked Sri Lanka early n the first game of the tournament. He will fancy his chances in this game as well. so far he has taken three wickets in two games.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Mujeeb Ur Rahman. PC- Getty
Mujeeb Ur Rahman. PC- Getty

Mjueeb tops the wicket-takers list in the Asia Cup with five wickets from two games. He will pair up with Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi to form a formidable trio.

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