Afghanistan tour of Sri Lanka 2022, AFG vs SL, 1st ODI Match Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Afghanistan tour of Sri Lanka 2022
SL vs AFG, 1st ODI
Afghanistan is set to tour Sri Lanka for the first time in November 2022. For the first time, a bilateral series will be played between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. There will be a 3-match ODI series between the two teams.
All the matches of this tour will be played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. The first ODI will be on 25 November, the second ODI on 27 November, and the third ODI on 30 November.
The match will be part of the inaugural Cricket World Super League 2020-2023 where Sri Lanka is placed 10th on the points table with 6 wins and 11 losses. Afghanistan is in a better position with 10 wins and 2 losses, placing them in the 7th position. Both the teams will look to win the series and collect vital points to qualify directly for the ODI World Cup to be played in 2023.
Before this, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan faced each other a total of 4 times in the ODI format. Sri Lanka won 3 matches during this period while Afghanistan won the Asia Cup 2018 by 91 runs. Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 129 runs in the 2014 Asia Cup and then won the 2015 ODI World Cup by 5 wickets. These two teams last met in the 2019 World Cup in an ODI, where Sri Lanka won by 34 runs (D/L method).
Sri Lankan opener Pathum Nissanka has scored the most runs in the ODI format for the team this year. Nissanka has scored a total of 368 runs in 8 innings at an average of 46 and a strike rate of 87.20. Charith Aslanka has also been in good form, scoring 333 runs at an average of 47.57. Kusal Mendis's performance is also very good. Mendis has added 318 runs at an average of 53.
This year Jeffrey Vandersay has been the best bowler for Sri Lanka in ODI cricket. Vandersay has taken 14 wickets in 7 matches with an economy of 4.85. Chamika Karunaratne has taken the second-highest number of wickets for the Lankan team this year, but he will not be a part of the series.
Talking about Afghan batsmen, this year Rahmat Shah has scored 484 runs in 9 matches in the ODI format at 53.77 and 4 half-centuries. Hashmullah Shahidi (317), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (276), and Najibullah Zadran (234) have also scored well.
Rashid Khan, the Afghani star spinner, is the team's top wicket-taker this year. Rashid has taken a total of 18 wickets in 9 matches with an economy of 4.07. Apart from Rashid, Fazalhaq Farooqi has taken 13 wickets, and Farid Ahmed and Mohammad Nabi have taken 10-10 wickets. Mujeeb Ur Rehman has also taken 9 wickets in 9 matches.
Match: SL vs AFG, 1st ODI, Afghanistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2022
Date: Friday, November 25, 2022
Time: 02:30 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Pitch and Weather Report
The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium’s pitch is a level surface. The batters may play their strokes freely since the new ball slides onto the bat with ease. Later in the game, when the ball may start to hold the surface, the spinners will be put to use. The rain god is in favor of the safe conduct of the game as the weather will remain pleasant throughout the day.
Probable Playing XIs
SL: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Dananjaya Lakshan, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
AFG: Hashmatullah Shahidi (Captain), Rahmat Shah, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Noor Ahmed
The Sri Lankan team has played better cricket than Afghanistan in the past. This has also been seen in Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. In such a situation, the Sri Lankan team will remain the favorite.
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