After a one-sided one-off Take a look at, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will lock horns in opposition to one another within the three-match ODI sequence ranging from February 9 (Friday). That is anticipated to be an enthralling sequence for the followers given the way in which Afghanistan carry out typically in opposition to Sri Lanka and particularly after their sensible present on the World Cup.
For the unversed, Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka within the World Cup final 12 months chasing down 240-odd runs with seven wickets in hand. Furthermore, the crew from island nation has tasted defeat 4 occasions in 11 ODIs in opposition to Afghanistan and for a similar purpose, the hosts will probably be eager on not taking the guests frivolously. Sri Lanka have named Kusal Mendis their everlasting ODI captain whereas dropping Dasun Shanaka, their World Cup 2023 skipper. In the meantime, Afghanistan will proceed to overlook their talisman Rashid Khan.
Pallekele Worldwide Cricket Stadium Pitch Report
The floor on the Pallkele stadium is anticipated to be good one for batting. Scores round 280 are typically chased down right here even because the spinners stay within the recreation all through. Furthermore, the ball comes on to the bat higher beneath the lights however then the slower bowlers make the distinction in addition to the match progresses. Chasing is an effective possibility on this floor at the least within the first ODI.
Pallekele Cricket Stadium – ODI Numbers recreation
Matches performed – 39
Received batting first – 15
Received bowling first – 22
Common first inns rating – 248
Highest whole – 363/7 by SA vs SL
Lowest whole – 70/10 by ZIM vs SL
Sri Lanka Squad: Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis(c), Sadeera Samarawickrama(w), Shevon Daniel, Charith Asalanka, Janith Liyanage, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Pramod Madushan, Sahan Arachchige, Dunith Wellalage
Afghanistan Squad: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Riaz Hassan, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Qais Ahmad, Naveed Zadran, Ikram Alikhil