SL vs AFG Head To Head Records, Asia Cup 2022, Super Four, Match 1 (B1 vs B2)

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, (Credits: Twitter)

SL vs AFG Head To Head Records, Asia Cup 2022, Super Four, Match 1 (B1 vs B2).  Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will lock horns in the opening game of the Super 4 stage of the 2022 Asia Cup to be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, 3rd September 2022. Afghanistan has played excellent cricket and registered back-to-back victories in the competition. Skipper Mohammad Nabi will be hoping that the side can continue its winning streak in this fixture.

On the other hand, the Islanders managed to qualify for the Super 4 stages of the competition after pulling off a heist over Bangladesh. Skipper Dasun Shanaka will be hoping that the side can produce their best cricket in this all-important clash. Afghanistan won both their games in Group B featuring Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

SL vs AFG Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 Match 1
SL vs AFG Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 Match 1 Photo by Deepak Malik / Creimas for Asian Cricket Council

After delivering two victories on the bounce, Afghanistan will be keen to continue their winning ways in the Super 4 stages of the competition. In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, and Mohammad Nabi to deliver the bulk of the runs in this fixture.

Najibullah Zadran
Najibullah Zadran (Image: Twitter)

In the previous match against Bangladesh, Najibullah Zadran was the standout performer with the bat and finished the innings with the top score of 43 not out off just 16 balls. He was well supported by Ibrahim Zadran, who chipped in with an unbeaten 42 runs off 41 balls.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, and Naveen Ul Haq to provide timely breakthroughs.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the game against Bangladesh, off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the pick of the bowlers and claimed three wickets. Besides Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Leg-spinner Rashid Khan produced a clinical bowling performance and with finished with figures of 3 for 22 in his four overs.

The Sri Lankan team management will be hoping that Sri Lanka can raise their overall game in this fixture. In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Captain Dasun Shanaka, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa to deliver the bulk of the runs and help Sri Lanka post a modest total on the board.

Kusal Mendis. (Credits: Twitter)
Kusal Mendis. (Credits: Twitter)

In the previous match against Bangladesh, Kusal Mendis played well and finished the innings with the top score of 60 runs off 37 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Captain Dasun Shanaka, who chipped in with a solid 45 runs off 33 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madhushanka, Chamika Karunaratne, and Wanindu Hasaranga to provide timely breakthroughs. In the previous match, pacer Chamika Karunaratne bowled well and claimed 2 for 32 in his four overs.

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka. Image Credits: Twitter

India, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka have already qualified for the Super Four stage. Asia Cup got underway on the weekend with Afghanistan beating Sri Lanka on 27 August. The Afghans won by 8 wickets in the tournament opener. Afghanistan added a second win by beating Bangladesh in the third match of the T20I competition. In so doing, Afghanistan had qualified for the Super 4 stage.

Sri Lanka’s 184/8 against Bangladesh is the highest-ever run chase in T20 internationals in UAE. Sri Lanka, who won by 2 wickets, thus join India and Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022 Super 4.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh: 183/7 in 20 overs (Atif Hossain 39, Mehdiy Hasan Miraz 38; Chamika Karunaratne 2/32). Sri Lanka: 184/8 in 19.2 overs (Kusal Mendis 60, Dasun Shanaka 45, Ebadat Hossain 3/51).

Sri Lanka Predicted XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Asitha Fernando.

Afghanistan Predicted XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi.

SL vs AFG Head To Head Records, Asia Cup 2022, Super Four, Match 1 (B1 vs B2)

The two Asian teams have met so far in only 2 T20I matches which came in the 2016 T20I World Cup and the 1st match of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022.

In the 2016 T20I WC, a calmly compiled 56-ball 83 from Tillakaratne Dilshan steered Sri Lanka to a heart-rate-steadying six-wicket win in their opening match of the World T20, but not before Afghanistan reminded them and the rest of Group 1 that they belonged in the Super 10s.

Ashgar Afghan Stanikzai
Ashgar Afghan Stanikzai Image-PTI

With the bat, Afghanistan recovered brilliantly from a poor start, scoring 106 runs in their last ten overs to set a challenging target of 154. The then Afghanistan skipper Ashgar Afghan Stanikzai top scored with 62 while Sri Lanka’s opener Tillakaratne Dilshan top-scored with an unbeaten 83.

Tillakaratne Dilshan
Tillakaratne Dilshan (Image Credit: Twitter)

For Sri Lanka, Thisara Perera picked 3 scalps, while Rangana Herath picked 2 scalps. Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi picked a wicket apiece for the Afghanistan team.

T20I World Cup 2016: Sri Lanka 155 for 4 (Dilshan 83*, Mathews 21*) beat Afghanistan 153 for 7 (Stanikzai 62, Shenwari 31, Thisara 3-33) by six wickets

A thrilling all-around performance saw Afghanistan crush Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the first game of the 2022 Asia Cup. The bowlers set the foundation, reducing Sri Lanka to 5 for 3, with Fazalhaq Farooqi responsible for most of the carnage. Despite a brief resurgence in the middle thanks to a 44-run stand between Danushka Gunathilaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Afghanistan struck back hard, running through the lower order.

Fazalhaq Farooqi
Fazalhaq Farooqi. Image-Twitter

Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, and Mohammad Nabi were all among the wickets, and despite late resistance from Chamika Karunaratne, the 105 Sri Lanka managed was woefully inadequate. It took the Afghan openers just 10.1 overs to take it down; Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai racked up 83 runs in the Powerplay itself effectively ending the game as a contest right there.

Asia Cup 2022: Match 1: Afghanistan 106 for 2 (Gurbaz 40*, Zazai 37, Hasaranga 1-19) beat Sri Lanka 105 all out (Rajapaksa 38, Farooqi 3-11, Nabi 2-14) by 8 wickets

Fazalhaq Farooqi, Thisara Perara, and Mohammad Nabi are the highest wicket takers with 3 scalps apiece in head-to-head meetings while Tillakaratne Dilshan remains the highest run-getter with 83 runs. Afghan batters Ashgar Afghan Stanikzai (62) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (40) follows the former Sri Lankan batter.

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