SL vs AFG 1st ODI Prediction 25 Nov 2022
- Date: 2022-11-25
- Start Time: 14:30
- Location: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
- Tournament: ODI Series
- Format: One Day International
- Prediction By: Malcolm Richards
After the T20 World Cup, it is time for all the teams to prepare themselves for the ODI World Cup which is scheduled to take place in 2023. Afghanistan will be touring Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI and the hosts will be motivated to start their ODI run with a series win.
- Sri Lankan carries a 100% win record in the ODI format in 2022
- Rashid Khan is Afghanistan’s match-winner who has helped his team to secure ODI wins this year
- Both the teams have met four times this year and Sri Lanka has two more wins than the visitors
SL vs AFG – 1st ODI – Venue Details
Venue: Pallekele International Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Date: 25th November 2022
Time: 2.30 PM (IST)
SL vs AFG – 1st ODI Teams
This year, the Sri Lankan squad has witnessed a lot of ups and downs in the world of cricket. At the beginning of 2022, they were going through some of the worst economic crises and because of the same reason their cricket got affected. The Lankan squad revived their quality of the game and won the Asia Cup in the middle but immediately witnessed an early exit from the T20 World Cup, followed by Danushka Gunathilaka’s arrest on charges of Sexual Assault.
Against Australia this year, Kusal Mendis successfully led the Sri Lankan batting attack. Mendis came up with 249 runs at the end and continued his form in the T20 World Cup by finishing in the top 5 run scorer of the tournament. Nissanka and Mendis will be responsible to give momentum to their team in the opening hours.
Jeffrey Vandersay & Wanindu Hasaranga will lead the spin attack with Maheesh Theekshana in the pace attack. The primary issue with Sri Lanka right now is that they have a weak pace attack and that might affect the outcome of the series.
Hashmatullah Shahidi will be leading the team against Sri Lanka. Afghanistan cricket has witnessed a sudden rise in the quality of cricket they have played. Afghani players are in demand across the T20 leagues as they have done wonders on international pitches. Rashid Khan is one of the best examples of the same.
Rahmat Shah and Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be responsible to open for their team and give them winning momentum. Gurbaz has 276 runs in 9 innings this year, while Zadran, who has played just 4 out of the 9 ODIs this year, has been averaging 51. Azmatullah Omarzai and Fazalhaq Farooqi will be responsible to handle the middle order.
The bowling unit will be led by Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Fazallah Farooqi. Rashid Khan is the trump card for his team and his quality of bowling is improving with every game. Mujeeb Ur Rahman has also announced his arrival in international cricket with his brilliant pace.
SL vs AFG – 1st ODI – Probable Playing XI
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Pramod Madushan, Maheesh Theekshana, Dhananjaya de
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), Rahmat Shah (vice-capt), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Azmatullah Omarzai, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ahmad, Rashid Khan.
SL vs AFG – 1st ODI – Toss Prediction and Pitch Report
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium has witnessed 33 ODIs and out of them, 19 outcomes have gone to the side that has batted second. However, the average of 1st inning score has been higher by 44 runs than the second inning. This clearly shows that the team that has batted first, has scored more runs and hence the toss-winning team should opt to bat first.
SL vs AFG – 1st ODI – Match Prediction
Sri Lanka has an upper hand in the upcoming series because of two reasons. Firstly the advantage of home ground and secondly they have a 100% win record in ODIs in 2022. We predict Sri Lanka will win the first game.