Sri Lanka has sent a second-string squad with few experienced players to the Asian Games T20I. Sahan Arachchige, a batting all-rounder with two One-Day Internationals under his belt, will captain the team. Along with Sahan, many players on this team have yet to make their T20I debut.
Afghanistan’s squad appears to be pretty promising. They have some experienced players in Naib and Shahzad, as well as Karim Janat and Qais Ahmed.
All four have a lot of experience playing T20 cricket around the world and at the international level. While Zahir Khan, the left-arm wrist spin bowler, has yet to take a wicket in T20Is, he has played for T20 franchises all over the world, including the CPL, BBL, and IPL, to name a few.
Sri Lanka’s important batters will be Ashen Bandara and Nuwanidu Fernando, while Nuwan Thusahara will be one to watch with the ball. The island nation will face a difficult battle as they face a strong bowling attack.
Both teams have good spin bowlers, and on a good day, they could keep the other team from scoring more than par. In this competition, the best choice should be to bowl first.
It is a fair pitch where both hitters and bowlers have done very well. In the last match in the league stage, Malaysia got more than 250 runs, but their bowlers kept Thailand to only 74 runs. Spinners can also get a lot of help, and pacers can be effective with their cutters. On the day of the match, it will be slightly cloudy and 29 degrees Celsius.
The Quarter-Final 3 match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will take place at the Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field in Hangzhou. Even though there have been a lot of big scores on this ground, it hasn’t been easy to catch up if the team gets more than 160 runs. So, we think a 1st innings score of 165 or more should be a very competitive one in this match.
Sri Lanka Preview:
Sri Lanka’s best team will be in India getting ready for the ICC World Cup 2023, so it makes sense that they will send a less experienced team to the Asian Games Men’s T20I.
Right now, they need all of their best players in India, and their backup players aren’t as good as those in their nearby country, India. Because of this, Sri Lanka has a 15-person team, but only four of them have played in an international match.
Ashen Badara was a lower-ranked bowler on the 2022 T20 World Cup team. Since making his start in 2021 on Sri Lanka’s tour of the Windies, he never did anything important.
But now that he has played 4 T20I games, he is the most experienced batter on this team and everyone will be watching him. This year, Nuwanidu Fernando made his ODI start against India and got a fifty. He will be another important batsman to watch out for.
Sri Lanka’s first batter is going to be Fernando. Sahan Arachchige, the skipper, will be at number 4. In the only ODI Arachchine ever played, Sri Lanka beat the Netherlands in the Final of the World Cup Qualifier and he got 50 runs. In this match, there will be a whole new way of bowling. Sri Lanka’s pace attack will be led by Nuwan Thushara.
Sri Lanka Squad Predicted:
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 is in charge of Afghanistan’s T20I team at the Asian Games. This is the second time he has been in charge. Naib is one of the most experienced players in Afghanistan. He is a good all-rounder who has consistently done well with the ball.
Mohammad Shahzad, an offensive wicket-keeper and batter, is the vice captain of this team. He’ll be an important part of the top order. Shahzad has helped the team get off to some good starts in the past. Afzar Zazai, who keeps wickets and hits, can be a key player in the middle order. Since he was 16 years old, he has been playing on the domestic tour.
Even though Noor Ali Zadran and Mohammad Shahzad are expected to bat first, Afghanistan doesn’t have a lot of batters. There are a lot of bowlers and players who can do everything in the team. And Karim Janat is a key all-around player to keep an eye on. He knows how to hit the long ball and has done it many times. He is also dangerous with the ball.
Qais Ahmed, a leg-break bowler with a right arm, has been in the news all over the world because he plays in all of the top T20 leagues. He will be the most helpful bowler in this team. Afghanistan has a strong team that can give any other team in this event a hard time.
Afghanistan Squad Predicted:
Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Shahidullah, Sediqullah Atal, Afzar Zazai, Gulbadin Naib (c), Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Sayed Shirzad, Qais Ahmed, Zahir Khan
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Prediction:
Many of Sri Lanka’s players will be making their first appearances on the world stage. Afghanistan, on the other hand, has a good team made up of many of their best T20 players who have played all over the world. In terms of the size of the squads as a whole, Afghanistan has the upper hand. Our forecast is that they will be the favorite to win the match.