Sri Lanka (SL) take on Afghanistan (AFG) in the first Super 4 match of Asia Cup 2022 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, September 3. The match will start at 7:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
SL vs AFG Dream11 prediction for Asia Cup 2022
Sri Lanka qualified for the Super 4 phase following a two-wicket win over Bangladesh, thanks to the efforts of Kusal Mendis (60) and Chamika Karunaratne (2/32).
Afghanistan, on the other hand, were the first team to qualify for the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 round with victories over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The Afghans, whose last Asia Cup campaign ended in the Super 4 phase, will look to go at least one step further this time around.
As far as head-to-head in T20Is is concerned, the record is evenly poised with both teams claiming a win each.
Going by recent form and team composition, Afghanistan will start as clear favourites against Sri Lanka. They already got the better of the Lankans once in the tournament and will be confident about doing the same come Saturday.
SL vs AFG Dream11 team tips for Asia Cup 2022
Top tip: Best batter
Afghanistan will look up to Najibullah Zadran as the top batter in the SL vs AFG fixture on Saturday. The middle-order batter, with 1,532 T20I runs in his career, slammed a 17-ball 43 to help the Afghans successfully chase 128 in 18.2 overs against Bangladesh and qualify for the Super 4 round. Zadran has accrued 84 fantasy points so far and makes for a decent pick at 9 credits.
Top tip: Best bowler
In the bowling department, Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman will be a smart pick at just 9.0 credits. The spinner has averaged 1.8 wickets in his last five T20I matches and is coming off a match-winning spell of 3/16 against Bangladesh in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022. Mujeeb, with 169 fantasy points, can be your go-to bowler in this upcoming clash.
Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
Among the all-rounders, Sri Lanka’s Chamika Karunaratne could be a great pick in any fantasy cricket team. The all-rounder has amassed 47 runs and got two wickets in Asia Cup 2022. He will look to improve his tally against an in-form Afghanistan side. Having already accumulated 135 fantasy points, Karunaratne is a must-have fantasy pick in this crucial Super 4 encounter.
Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis pips Rahmanullah Gurbaz of Afghanistan for the wicket-keeper spot. Kusal Mendis took his fantasy points tally to 108 following a Player of the Match performance with the bat (60) and gloves (two catches) against Bangladesh in their last Asia Cup 2022 game. Mendis’ ability to win games from tight situations makes him a valuable addition to any fantasy team at 9 credits.
SL vs AFG playing XI (probable)
Sri Lanka playing XI (probable): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wicket-keeper), Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka
Afghanistan playing XI (probable): Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket-keeper), Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (captain), Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi
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