SL vs AFG 1st ODI: Match Details, Predicted XIs, Fantasy Tips
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Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are poised to clash in the inaugural match of a three-match ODI series on Friday, June 2. The much-anticipated game will unfold at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota.
Sri Lanka, having last played an ODI series against New Zealand in March, endured a challenging campaign, succumbing to a disheartening 2-0 defeat. They will look to put the performance behind them and start afresh after a long break. They will have their sights firmly set on the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2023 and will like to commence the series on an emphatic note as they commence their preparations for the marquee event.
On the other, Afghanistan have named a strong squad for the series. The likes of Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad, having recently concluded a successful campaign in the prestigious IPL, have rejoined their national side. However, an unfortunate lower back injury has forced Rashid Khan to miss the first two ODIs. Afghanistan last featured in the format in 2022, attaining a commendable 1-1 draw against Sri Lanka. With their current form speaking volumes, the Afghan contingent is poised to provide a stern test to the hosts in this upcoming bilateral spectacle.
Date and Time: 2nd June, 10:00 AM IST
Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota.
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The Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota promises to assist both batters and bowlers, making it a sporting wicket. Batsmen can take solace in the anticipated pace and bounce of the pitch, while spinners are expected to come into play during the crucial middle overs. The average first innings score at this venue ranges between 260 and 280 runs. The team winning the toss will look to bat first.
Predicted Playing XIs
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Abdul Rahman, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazal haq Farooqi
Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips
Wicket-Keepers: Kusal Mendis, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Batters: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Hashmatullah Shahidi
All-Rounders: Mohammad Nabi, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne
Bowlers: Matheesha Pathirana, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman
Captain: Kusal Mendis
Vice-Captain: Mohammad Nabi
Considering the home advantage and familiarity with the conditions, Sri Lanka are the favourites to win this contest.