In a showdown, Afghanistan squares off against Sri Lanka in what is undoubtedly the most crucial fixture of Group B at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The outcome of this high-stakes encounter holds the key to the Super Four stage for all three teams involved.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Match Preview, Live Streaming, and ODI Squad
Afghanistan: The Underdog with Bite
While Afghanistan might be considered the underdog in Group B, they are by no means pushovers. Despite a setback in their opening game, the cricketing world expects them to regroup and deliver a formidable performance in this critical match.
The Afghan team’s hopes for a strong start rest on the shoulders of their dynamic opening duo – Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Notably, Zadran showcased his brilliant form with a swift half-century against an imposing opponent. These two swashbuckling batsmen aim to set the tone for Afghanistan.
Balancing the aggression of the openers is Afghanistan’s more experienced middle order. Comprising Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah, and Najibullah Zadran, this trio adds stability and resilience to the lineup. Their ability to anchor the innings and accelerate when needed will be pivotal.
Afghanistan possesses a trio of all-rounders – Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, and Gulbadin Naib – who can wreak havoc with the bat on their day. Their capability to contribute significantly in both departments of the game makes them invaluable assets.
However, Afghanistan’s Achilles heel remains their bowling department. While Gulbadin and Fazalhaq Farooqi are talented seamers, their inconsistency in taking wickets is a concern. The team will need them to step up and provide breakthroughs when it matters most.
How to Watch SL vs AFG Live Streaming in Sri Lanka
The match will be telecasted on Channel Eye SLRC while the live streaming will be available on Dialog TV and PeoTV.
Where to Watch AFG v SL Live Telecast in Afghanistan
RTA Sports will provide live coverage of the 6th Match of the Asia Cup 2023 Group B between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
PTV Sports Live AFG vs SL
The 6th Match of the Cricket Asia Cup 2023 between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will be played at Gaddafi Stadium at 2:30 PM PST. The live streaming will be available on the Tamasha App and Tapmad TV for free.
- Tournament: Asia Cup Live Stream
- Date: Sep 05, 2023
- Format: one-day
- Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
- Time: 09:30 GMT, 2:00 PM IST, 2:30 PM PST
Sri Lanka: Riding the ODI Wave
Sri Lanka arrives at the Asia Cup riding a wave of success in One Day Internationals. Following their victory in the World Cup Qualifiers, they commenced their Asia Cup campaign with a commanding win over arch-rivals Bangladesh.
Despite missing key players, captain Dasun Shanaka expertly led his team in the opening fixture. The foundation for success was laid by the bowlers with a disciplined and focused effort.
Matheesha Pathirana emerged as the star, claiming an impressive 4-wicket haul for just 32 runs. Kasun Rajitha, although wicketless, effectively controlled the run flow, exerting pressure on the opposition’s batsmen. Sri Lanka will be banking on their continued brilliance.
Sri Lanka’s spinners displayed exceptional control over their line and length, keeping the opposition batsmen in check. The team anticipates a repeat of this masterful spin performance in the upcoming clash.
As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the Afghanistan-Sri Lanka clash, it’s a testament to the unpredictable and thrilling nature of the sport. Will Afghanistan’s burgeoning talents rise to the occasion, or will Sri Lanka’s experience and recent successes prove decisive? Only time will tell in this epic battle for supremacy at the Asia Cup.
Afghanistan Squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Abdul Rahman, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Suliman Safi, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Sri Lanka Squad: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (C), Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushmantha Chameera