Asia Cup 2022: Predicted Sri Lanka Playing XI

Sri Lanka are the five-time Asia Cup winners, the second most successful side behind India in the tournament's history.

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Chaitanya Prakash
CHAITANYA PRAKASH

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The 2022 Asia Cup is around the corner, and six subcontinent sides are going to wrestle for the coveted prize in just two weeks. Sri Lanka, who were originally designated to host the tournament, are one of the dark horses, and could go all the way in the upcoming edition of the much-awaited tournament.

The five-time Asia Cup winners and the second most successful side behind India, Sri Lanka are going through a transitional phase, both in the country and in the team. They have time and again showcased their incredible fighting spirit in desperate times and possess some world-class players in their ranks, who can trouble the best of sides on their day.

Ahead of the Asia Cup 2022, here is the predicted XI of Sri Lanka:

1. Pathum Nissanka

Pathum Nissanka
Pathum Nissanka. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s right-hand opening batter Pathum Nissanka is just one year into his international career but has already showcased his talent with some memorable innings, especially in white-ball cricket.

The 24-year-old did not perform up to his usual high standard in the T20I series against World Champions Australia in June but made amends in the ODI series that followed. He registered two 50+ scores in the five-match series, including a match-winning ton in the third ODI.

The only downside to the young talented batter is his pragmatic approach in the shortest form of the game and he will be under immense pressure to provide the islanders with a brisk start at the top of the order in the upcoming tournament.

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