The Sri Lanka cricket team (SL) go up against Afghanistan (AFG) in match 1 of Asia Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday, August 27. The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.
SL vs AFG Dream11 prediction for Asia Cup 2022
Sri Lanka will be slight favourites in the opening fixture of Asia Cup 2022. The Lankan Lions are coming off a 1-2 T20I series loss against Australia but will be confident about getting the better of Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan cricket team, meanwhile, are gearing up for their 100th game in T20 International cricket. The Afghans have won two of their last five T20Is having recently suffered a loss in a five-game series against Ireland.
Sri Lanka won their only meeting in T20Is against Afghanistan having claimed a six-wicket victory in a 2016 T20 World Cup encounter in Kolkata.
SL vs AFG Dream11 team tips for Asia Cup 2022
Top tip: Best batter
Najibullah Zadran is one of the batters you could pick as he costs 9.0 credits. The middle-order batter can score runs seamlessly once settled and is currently 13 runs away from reaching 1,500 runs in T20Is. Zadran has a batting average of 31.88 in his last 10 matches and will be a threat to Sri Lankan bowlers in the SL vs AFG fixture.
Top tip: Best bowler
Rashid Khan is the standout pick as a top bowler for the Asia Cup 2022 opener. The Afghanistan spin maestro has been known for single-handedly winning matches for his team as is reflected in his record of 112 wickets in 66 T20Is. At 9.5 credits, Rashid can also produce some fireworks with the bat, making him an all-round package to draft into your fantasy cricket team.
Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga is our recommendation for the all-rounder’s position. The 25-year-old has 382 runs as well as 62 wickets in his T20I career so far and will be someone the Afghanistan batting order will be wary of. Hasaranga is up for grabs at 9.5 credits.
Lastly, Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis should be selected as your top wicketkeeper. The 27-year-old has recorded 681 runs and nine dismissals (eight caught, one stumping) in his 35-match T20I career. Valued at 8.5 credits, Mendis is a value-for-money investment.
SL vs AFG probable playing XI
SL playing XI (probable): Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kusal Mendis (wicket-keeper), Dasun Shanaka (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Nuwan Thushara, Maheesh Theekshana, M Pathirana
AFG playing XI (probable): Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket-keeper), Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi (captain), Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi
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