Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2022: Schedule, key players, squad, form, tournament record

Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2022: Here is a look at the schedule, recent tournament record, overall stats, form guide, key player and squad for Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup T20 in UAE.

Published : Aug 27, 2022 07:15 IST

Dasun Shanaka’s men will have to be at their best to move past Bangladesh and Afghanistan into the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup in the UAE.
Dasun Shanaka’s men will have to be at their best to move past Bangladesh and Afghanistan into the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup in the UAE. | Photo Credit: SPORTZPICS
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Dasun Shanaka’s men will have to be at their best to move past Bangladesh and Afghanistan into the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup in the UAE. | Photo Credit: SPORTZPICS

Sri Lanka will begin its Asia Cup 2022 campaign in the tournament opener against Afghanistan on Saturday in Dubai.

Ahead of the 15th edition of the Asia Cup which marks a return to the T20I format for the second time, here is everything you need to know about the Sri Lankan squad:

Preview

Marred by a lack of pedigree after the exit of its stalwarts post the T20 World Cup triumph in 2014, Sri Lanka has tottered in the quest to pave its way back to the top of the T20 game. Its struggles over the last six years have also witnessed a constant shuffle in the leadership tank.

With Dasun Shanka assuming captaincy in the limited-overs formats in 2021, Sri Lanka has attempted a revival of sorts. The arrival of fresh talent in Wanindu Hasaranga and Charith Asalanka has also bolstered spirits. However, with inconsistency in personnel over each passing series, Sri Lanka’s core is still under reconstruction.  

Asia Cup record in recent years

The five-time champion’s Asia Cup record in recent years has been underwhelming. Sri Lanka’s ODI performances hit an all-time low when it was trumped by Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the group stage of the 2018 Asia Cup, held in the UAE. 

In the 2016 edition, where the tournament was played for the first time in the T20I format, Sri Lanka managed a solitary win over the UAE before being beaten by India, Pakistan and host Bangladesh. 

X-factor player

Wanindu Hasaranga

After finishing as the leading wicket-taker (16) in his maiden appearance at the T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman last year, Wanindu Hasaranga will return as the bowling spearhead of the Sri Lankan attack. 

Hasaranga had picked 16 wickets in eight matches at last year’s T20 World Cup held in UAE and Oman.

Hasaranga had picked 16 wickets in eight matches at last year’s T20 World Cup held in UAE and Oman. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Despite featuring in only five of Sri Lanka’s 11 T20Is this year, Hasaranga has scalped 10 wickets to emerge as the joint-highest wicket-taker alongside Dushmantha Chameera, who was ruled out of the Asia Cup with an injury. With conditions remaining hot and humid in Dubai, Hasaranga, with his wily leg-spin could prove to be the thorn for Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the group stage. 

Form Guide (last 10 T20Is, most recent first): WLLLLLWLLL

Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup record (Overall - ODI + T20I): Played: 54, Won: 35, Lost: 19

Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2022 schedule
August 27: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan,  Dubai - 7:30PM IST
September 1: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Dubai - 7:30PM IST
Sri Lanka Asia Cup squad
Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhanushaka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Banuka Rajapaksha, Ashen Bandara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanidu Hasaranga, Mahesh Theekshana, Jeffery Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrema, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwanindu Fernando.

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