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Sri Lanka are all set to host Afghanistan for a three-match ODI series starting November 25, Friday, and the entire series will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele. This will be the first international outing for both the sides ever since the conclusion of their T20 World Cup 2022 campaign.
Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have previously squared off four times in the format, with the former having an upper hand with three wins. The two teams have not played each other in an ODI since the 2019 ODI World Cup. Both teams need to make it big in the upcoming series in order to find themselves a spot at the ODI World Cup next year.
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Date & Time: November 25, 2:30 pm IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network & SonyLiv
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium has favored the spinners, and batting during the middle overs is a challenging task. Both teams’ batters will face some trouble in scoring runs. A total of 33 ODIs have been played at this venue and the average first innings score at this surface is 248 runs. The teams chasing the total have won 19 times, and thus the skipper winning the toss might opt to bowl first.
Predicted Playing XIs for SL vs AFG
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dinesh Chandimal, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmed
Probable Best Performers from SL vs AFG
Probable best batter: Kusal Mendis
Kusal Mendis, while opening the lineup for Sri Lanka, has put up some terrific performances. He has previously provided his side with some amazing starts and will be expected to continue his fine touch with the bat.
Probable best bowler: Wanindu Hasaranga
Hasaranga is in the form of his life, and the pitch being spinner friendly, he will look to utilize the best out of his home surface. Hasaranga has been performing brilliantly in the white-ball format, and the team would rely on him to provide with crucial breakthroughs.
Today’s Match Prediction: Sri Lanka to win the match
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.