The Asian Games T20I cricket tournament is set to witness a clash between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, and it’s quite evident that Sri Lanka has opted for a second-string squad, with limited experienced players. Leading this inexperienced side is Sahan Arachchige, a batting all-rounder who has only two ODIs to his name. In fact, many players in this Sri Lankan team are yet to make their T20I debut, which puts them at a disadvantage against a formidable Afghan side.
In contrast, Afghanistan has a promising squad, featuring some seasoned players like Gulbadin Naib and Mohammad Shahzad, along with talents like Karim Janat and Qais Ahmed. All four of these players have substantial T20 cricket experience, having played in various leagues worldwide, including the CPL, BBL, and IPL. Zahir Khan, a left-arm wrist spin bowler, though yet to claim a wicket in T20Is, brings a wealth of experience to the Afghan side.
The Sri Lankan batting hopes rest on Ashen Bandara and Nuwanidu Fernando, with Nuwan Thushara being one to watch out for with the ball. However, they face a challenging task against Afghanistan’s quality bowling attack.
Sri Lanka Preview:
Sri Lanka’s decision to field an inexperienced side for the Asian Games Men’s T20I can be understood, considering their best players are currently preparing for the ICC World Cup 2023 in India. This squad consists of just four players with international experience. Ashen Bandara, who debuted in 2021, is now the most experienced batter in the team with four T20I innings to his name. Nuwanidu Fernando, who impressed with a fifty on his ODI debut against India earlier this year, is another key batsman for Sri Lanka. Skipper Sahan Arachchige, with a fifty in his only ODI inning, brings leadership to the side.
The bowling department showcases a completely new-look attack, with Nuwan Thushara leading the pace attack for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI: Nuwani Fernando, Ahan Wickramsinghe, Ravindu Fernando, Sahan Arachchige (c), Lahiru Udara (wk), Nimesh Vimukthi, Lahiru Samarakoon, Vijayankanth Viyaskanth, Nuwan Thushara, Ranitha Liyanarachchi, Isitha Wijesundera
Gulbadin Naib takes the leadership role once again for Afghanistan’s T20I side at the Asian Games. As one of the senior-most players, Naib is a dependable all-rounder who consistently contributes with the ball. The vice-captain, Mohammad Shahzad, is a key player in the top order, known for providing strong starts. Afzar Zazai, another wicket-keeper batsman, adds depth to the middle-order.
While Noor Ali Zadran is expected to open alongside Mohammad Shahzad, Afghanistan relies more on their bowlers and all-rounders. Karim Janat, a powerful all-rounder, and the right-arm leg-break bowler Qais Ahmed, known for his T20 exploits worldwide, will be crucial assets in Afghanistan’s bowling attack.
The pitch at Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field in Hangzhou appears balanced, favoring both batsmen and bowlers. The last league stage match saw Malaysia score over 250 runs, while their bowlers restricted Thailand to just 74 runs. Spinners will find assistance, and pacers can utilize their cutters effectively. The weather is expected to be partly cloudy with a high of 29 degrees Celsius on match day.
Chasing can be challenging at this ground, particularly if the team crosses the 160-run mark. A competitive 1st innings total is predicted to be 165+. Considering the promising spinners in both teams’ bowling attacks, the ideal choice at the toss would be to bowl first.
Afghanistan T20 Stats and History
Total Match Played = 115
Won = 72
Loss = 43
No Result = 0
Tie = 0
Sri Lanka T20 Stats and History
Total Match Played = 179
Won = 81
Loss = 96
No Result = 2
Tie = 0
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka head-to-head stats
Total Match Played = 4
Afghanistan won = 1
Sri Lanka won = 3
No Result = 0
AFG vs SL Quarter Final 3 T20 Score Prediction:
If Afghanistan Bat First: 180+
If Sri Lanka Bat First: 156+
Toss: To Bowl
With promising spinners on both sides, opting to bowl first could be the ideal choice for this contest.
SL vs AFG Winning Prediction
In this clash, Sri Lanka is fielding an inexperienced team, with many players making their international debuts. In contrast, Afghanistan boasts a strong side with several star T20 players who have gained extensive experience around the world. Consequently, Afghanistan enters the match as the favorite, making them our predicted winner.
Today’s Match Prediction: Afghanistan
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