Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan: After the league-stage exit in the T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will face each other for a three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka. The first ODI match is scheduled for 25th November at Pallekele International Stadium and the entire series will be played here.
Match: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, ODI 1 of 3
Date: 25th November 2022
Time: 02:30 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele International Stadium.
Pitch Condition: The first ODI match will be played at Pallekele International Stadium. It is a surface supporting the spinners. Batting over the middle overs is challenging here. Batters will suffer scoring runs on this surface. Out of the 33 matches played here, 19 were won by the teams batting second.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan – The Squad
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kusal Mendis, Dunith Wellalage, Dananjaya Lakshan, Kasun Rajitha, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Ashen Bandara, Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Bhanuka Rajapaksa.
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah (vc), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Azmatullah Omarzai, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad, Gulbadin Naib, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Riaz Hassan, Shahidullah Kamal, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zia-ur-Rehman.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan – Team Performance in the Past Matches
Both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan had a disappointing outing in the recent ICC T20 World Cup 2022, as both washed out in the Super 12 stage. The Sri Lanka tour of Afghanistan was initially scheduled to be played in February 2023. But it preponed on mutual agreement.
Earlier, both teams played each other in the Asia Cup. Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka in the group stage of the Asia Cup but lost in the Super 4. Sri Lanka has won the title of Asia Cup 2022.
In the T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka played the qualifiers and won two games out of 5 in Super 12. But Afghanistan lost all games in Super 12. With the loss, Mohammad Nabi resigned from the captaincy. Hasmatullah Shahidi will lead the side now in the ODI series. Dasun Shanaka will lead Sri lanka.
While checking the previous matches, Sri Lanka prevailed over Australia 3-2 in the last ODI series. But now, they are playing without the key players Danushka Gunathilaka, Dushmantha Chameera, and Chamika Karunaratne.
Afghanistan emerged victorious 3-0 against Zimbabwe in their last ODI series. Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman trio will be their key players.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan – Face to Face
Sri Lanka and Afghanistan faced each other in 4 ODI matches. Out of these 4 games, Sri Lanka won 3 matches whereas New Zealand came out victorious one time. They haven’t played an ODI since the 2019 World Cup.
Here our experts at FCL are giving a prediction for the coming match. Hope you could find it helpful by any means.
Wicket-Keeper: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Kusal Mendis.
Batsmen: Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah.
All-Rounders: Dhananjaya De Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga.
Bowlers: Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Captain: Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
Vice-Captain: Kusal Mendis.
Wicket-Keeper: Kusal Mendis.
Batsmen: Pathum Nissanka, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah.
All-Rounders: Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammad Nabi.
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Maheesh Theekshana.
Captain: Kusal Mendis.
Vice-Captain: Rashid Khan.