In the 6th fixture of the Asia Cup 2023, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will be coming face to face on Tuesday for a Group Stage fixture at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The last time these two teams met was for a three-match ODI series where Sri Lanka won the series by 2-1.
Afghanistan is coming to the Asia Cup 2023 after witnessing a series loss against Pakistan by 3-0 but the team has shown a gradual improvement in the ODI format. The top bookmakers in India have Asia Cup odds with them.
Sri Lanka started their Asia Cup campaign with a win against Bangladesh. The defending champions will be confident enough to continue the winning momentum.
In recent times, Afghanistan has shown a competitive edge in the ODI format. They have some quality players in the squad who are known for their talent in the red-ball format. Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, and Rahmat Shah will be opening the game with Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi in the middle order.
Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rehman are a deadly combination in the spin department. Fazalhaq Farooqi will be leading the pace attack for the team.
Gulbadin Naib and Rahmat Shah might make it to the playing XI of Afghanistan.
Predicted Lineup: Hashmatullah Shahidi, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Karim Janat, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan
Sri Lanka will be confident after their win over Bangladesh in the first fixture. Bowling first, Maheesh Theekshana and Dhananjaya de Silva gave a good start to the team. However, it was Matheesha Pathirana who gained the spotlight by picking up 4 wickets in 7.4 overs at an economy of 4.17.
On the batting front, the starting lineup failed to impress but Sadeera Samarawickrama (54 off 77) and Charith Asalanka (63 off 92) handled the innings.
Team management will be expecting some good line & length from Kasun Rajitha and Dunith Wellalage
Predicted Lineup: Pathum Nissanka, Kasun Rajitha, Dhananjaya de Silva, Matheesha Pathirana, Maheesh Theekshana, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, Dunith Wellalage, Sadeera Samarawickrama
Sri Lanka has the winning momentum with them. Afghanistan players are talented but they are still missing confidence to turn things around for the team. Considering the previous performance of Sri Lankan players, we predict a win for Sri Lanka on Tuesday.