Sri Lanka take on Afghanistan in the first match of the 2022 Asian Cup Super 4 leg in Sharjah on September 3, Saturday. Both teams qualified from Group A for the next round as Bangladesh were eliminated. After losing to Afghanistan, Bangladesh also lost to Sri Lanka in a close match to withdraw from the tournament.
Sri Lanka chased a record score of 184 to win the game and advance to the next round. Kusal Mendis was the architect of his victory as he scored 60 out of 37 balls. Skipper Dasun Shanaka scored 45 out of 33 balls to help his team get closer to the target.
Asitha Fernando (10 from 3 balls) who was playing her first game then scored the winning points as a no-ball from Mahedi Hasan came back to haunt the Tigers. Shanaka was delighted with the victory and congratulated his teammates during the post-match presentation.
“I think the openers did a good job, we discussed that we needed that opener partnership for the start. Today that was key and that’s why we chased that total I thought about promoting myself but from a team perspective I have to make sacrifices to come down and play as a finisher My first priority is for the team I think Chamika is exhausted, we thought the game was over. But Asitha Fernando scored those two shots really well, those guys have so much potential. It’s beautiful to see.” he said.
Now the tournament moves to the Super 4 stage. In the group stage, each team played one game against the teams in their group. The top 2 teams from both groups qualified for the super four round. In the Super 4 round, each team will play one game against the other. The top two teams will qualify for the final to be played on September 11.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium Weather Forecast and Kickoff Report Sharjah – Asian Cup 2022 Super 4 Match 1
The hot and humid conditions in Dubai and Sharjah weigh on the players. The conditions should remain the same throughout the tournament. The Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka game starts at 6 p.m. local time on Saturday, September 3. The temperature in the evening should be around 31 degrees with humidity up to 60%. There is no chance of rain.
Sharjah have hosted 26 T20Is so far and only one game so far in this Asian Cup campaign where Afghanistan have chased a score close to 130. A score between 150 and 160 will be a tough score on this site since there is a lot more help for spinners and bigger floor dimensions.
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