Pitch report for Dubai Stadium Afghanistan vs. Sri Lanka: The stadium will host the opening game of the 2022 Asia Cup today.
Today at the Dubai International Stadium, the opening “Group B” match of the Asia Cup 2022 will feature Sri Lanka vs. Afghanistan.
In terms of recent T20 form, Afghanistan has been playing better than Sri Lanka and has arrived in the UAE with that form. The five-match T20I series against Ireland ended in a 3-2 loss for them, but they did manage to overcome Afghanistan (3-0) and draw Bangladesh (1-1), respectively, in the other two shorter format series this year. Having said that, it will be interesting to observe how they fare against top-tier opponents in the struggle for continental dominance.
On the other hand, out of the eleven T20Is Sri Lanka has played this year, they have only been able to win a few. In reality, since the year 2020, they have only been able to defeat a weaker Indian team in one T20I series. In the shortest format series this year, the Dasun Shanaka-led team has fallen short against Australia and India three times each.
Afghanistan vs. Sri Lanka pitch report for the Dubai Stadium
The first T20I to be played at the Dubai International Stadium since the 2021 T20I World Cup championship match between Australia and New Zealand is scheduled for November.
Although the presence of dew during the World Cup last year had a significant impact at this location, there hasn’t been much dew the past several nights, which supports the idea of a balanced battle between bat and ball.
For the record, the chasing teams have triumphed in 13 of the 14 T20Is played here since 2019 with the bowlers having a lot of help from the surface.
The team total has not surpassed 200 runs since last year. In reality, this location has hosted 75 T20Is since 2009, with an average score of 144.6.
Overall, the bowlers, especially the spinners, are therefore likely to have a significant impact on today’s opening game of the Asia Cup 2022.
Overall, based on T20 skill levels, Sri Lanka will undoubtedly start as favourites because their batting lineup is stronger than Afghanistan’s. After their most recent match, which took place at the 2016 T20 World Cup in India, both teams will play just their second T20I today.