SL vs AFG Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Sep 03, 2022
Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will play the first Super 4 match of the Asia Cup against each other. This will be the second time that these two teams meet each other in Asia Cup 2022 and only the third T20 international between them ever.
The momentum certainly seems to be on Afghanistan's side after its two commanding wins but nothing is certain in the T20 format. No surprise to see Afghanistan as the odds-on favorite at all the best cricket betting sites.
Match prediction and cricket betting tips for Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Super Four Asia Cup 2022. The match will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah on the 3rd of September 2022.
SL vs AFG Team Previews
Afghanistan would not mind playing at Sharjah at all. It was at this venue where its spinners ran through Bangladesh in the group stage. If the pitch is anything like what we saw then run-scoring is going to be difficult and the spinners will dominate once more.
Mujeeb ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, and Rashid Khan are the three spinners that Afghanistan has used so far. Mujeeb bowls in the powerplay and is currently giving away runs at just 5 per over in the Asia Cup. He also has the most number of wickets (5) for Afghanistan. Rashid Khan is the most economical while Mohammad Nabi has done very well to give the opposition batters no freebies.
Afghanistan's bowling attack is also bolstered by the emergence of Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Where Afghanistan can sometimes be vulnerable is its batting lineup. Rahmanullah Gurbaz provides the fireworks at the top with Hazratuyllah Zazai with Ibrahim Zadran and Najibullah Zadran the two more dependable batters in the middle. From time to time, though, Afghanistan's batting just seems to implode and collapse.
As a bettor, you are always assuming that risk when you back Afghanistan. Also, while its previous two results have been encouraging, Afghanistan was beaten by Ireland in the series prior to the Asia Cup.
Sri Lanka Playing 11
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka, Wanidu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka.
Sri Lanka pulled off its second-highest chase when it beat Bangladesh in the previous match. That was a tense match in which Sri Lanka made some mistakes but benefitted more from the lapses that Bangladesh made. In the end, a good batting performance from Kusal Mendia and Dasun Shanaka managed to get them home. The all-round role of Chamika Karunaratne should also not be taken lightly. He has contributed in both matches so far.
Sri Lanka's bowling attack was put to the sword by Bangladesh and also struggled against Afghanistan during the group stage. The dependency on Wanindu Hasaranga is clear but Maheesh Theekshana can also be a serious wicket-taker for the team.
Afghanistan Playing 11
Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Samiullah Shinwari, Rashid Khan, Naveen ul Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
SL vs AFG Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss could choose to bat first. Four out of the previous five T20 internationals played at Sharjah have been won by the team that has batted first.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The conditions in Sharjah was slow, difficult for batting, and quite spin-friendly in the first match. It is unlikely that the groundsman would have managed to change the pitch dramatically in just a few days and so the same kind of surface can be expected.
The number of sixes hit on the small boundaries of Sharjah could be fewer than expected and we think a score of around 160 is going to be quite tricky to chase down.
SL vs AFG Dream11 Prediction
Dream11 team and Dream11 tips for Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Super Four Asia Cup 2022
SL vs AFG Playing 11
- K Mendis
- R Gurbaz
- B Rajapaksa
- P Nissanka
- M Nabi
- W Hasaranga
- C Karunaratne
- Rashid-Khan (vc)
- Mujeeb ur Rahman (c)
- F Farooqi
Find more Dream11 predictions and other tips and tricks on our dedicated Dream11 guide.
SL vs AFG Betting Tips
We are going to bet on Afghanistan to win. It has been the better team in terms of bowling quality and its batting has also done quite well. There is a belief in the Afghanistan team that it can beat Sri Lanka every time it plays against it and that translates to confidence on the ground. We think the odds being offered are quite fair and you can take a punt on them.
Bet on Afghanistan to win.