Sri Lanka go up against Afghanistan in the Super 4 of the Asia Cup 2022 on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah from 7:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).

The Sri Lankan cricket team won a hard-fought match against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup on Thursday to qualify for the Super 4. Sri Lanka chased down the target of 184 runs in the final over, thanks to Kusal Mendis’ 60-run knock and a 33-ball 45 from Dasun Shanaka. Earlier in the tournament, they lost to Afghanistan by eight wickets. The Lankans also lost the three-match T20I series against Australia in June 2022.

The Afghanistan cricket team won both their matches in the first round of the Asia Cup 2022, beating Sri Lanka and Bangladesh by eight and seven wickets respectively. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan have been effective with the ball for Afghanistan, with both bowlers conceding at less than five runs per over and putting a break on the opposition batters while also taking eight wickets combined. 

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 odds

Melbet odds: Sri Lanka: 1.67, Afghanistan: 2.22

Bet365 odds: Sri Lanka: 1.66, Afghanistan: 2.20

Betwinner odds: Sri Lanka: 1.67, Afghanistan: 2.20

1xBet odds: Sri Lanka: 1.68, Afghanistan: 2.22

Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan head-to-head in T20Is

Sri Lanka have faced Afghanistan twice in T20 internationals with both teams winning once. Afghanistan won the most recent game in the Asia Cup 2022 by eight wickets, courtesy of a three-fer by Fazalhaq Farooqi, while a Tillakaratne Dilshan-inspired Sri Lanka won by six wickets in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2016.

The Lankans have defeated Afghanistan in three of the four ODIs between the two teams.

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 squads

Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Charith Asalanka, Ashen Bandara, Dinesh Chandimal (wicketkeeper), Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Nuwanidu Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Praveen Jayawickrama, Chamika Karunaratne, Pramod Madushan, Dilshan Madushanka, Kusal Mendis (wicketkeeper), Pathum Nissanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay.

Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai (wicketkeeper), Azmatullah Omarzai, Fareed Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper), Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shinwari.  

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan probable playing XI

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

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (captain), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-Ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.  

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 combined fantasy XI

Hazratullah Zazai, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wicketkeeper), Charith Asalanka, Najibullah Zadran, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Rashid Khan, Maheesh Theekshana, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (captain).

Sri Lanka top picks vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 Super 4

Dasun Shanaka: The Sri Lankan captain is one of the players to watch out for in this match. Shanaka scored a match-winning 45-run knock in the last match against Bangladesh and has amassed 352 runs in 13 T20Is in 2022 at an average of 39.22. The 30-year-old also has the ability to chip in with some economical overs with the ball.

Kusal Mendis: The wicketkeeper batter has scored 743 runs in his T20I career at an average of 20.63, including seven half-centuries. One of those fifties came in this Asia Cup campaign, scoring a crucial knock of 60 runs off 37 balls to ignite Sri Lanka’s run chase in the win against Bangladesh. Mendis has the ability to tee off from the first ball and can score quick runs in the powerplay for his team.

Afghanistan top picks vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2022 Super 4

Mujeeb Ur Rahman: The 21-year-old off-spinner has troubled the batters with his line and length as well as variations in this tournament, picking five wickets at an average of 8.00 and an economy rate of 5.00. Mujeeb troubled the Sri Lankan finishers in the match earlier in this Asia Cup campaign and is the top pick in this match.

Hazratullah Zazai: Afghanistan’s 24-year-old left-handed opening batter has been in fine form in 2022. Zazai has scored 265 runs this calendar year at an average of 33.12, including a half-century. He has provided a solid platform at the top of the order in this Asia Cup campaign, scoring 60 runs in two matches.

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 prediction 

Sri Lanka were outplayed in the first match of the tournament. However, the Sri Lankan cricket team bounced back with a win against Bangladesh. The conditions at Sharjah will suit their batters and bowlers alike as Sri Lanka will have an edge in this encounter.

On the other hand, Afghanistan had resounding victories in their first two matches of the tournament and their bowlers have had a firm grip on the proceedings. The Afghan team will mount a massive challenge in this Super 4 match considering their current form. 

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 42°C

Precipitation: 0%

Humidity: 42%

Wind: 20 km/h

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