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SL vs AFG Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11, Injury Updates & Pitch Report For 1st T20I

Sri Lanka will be up against Afghanistan in the 1st ODI of the Afghanistan tour of Sri Lanka at the Pallekel International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on February 9. (Photo Source: X(Twitter)

SL vs AFG Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11, Injury Updates & Pitch Report For 1st T20I

Even without some of their regulars, Sri Lanka start the match as favourites.

Preview

Sri Lanka (SL) will be up against Afghanistan (AFG) in the 1st ODI of the Afghanistan tour of Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on February 9. Both these teams have been in decent form in the recent matches in this format of the game. Sri Lanka have won two of their five games, while Afghanistan have managed to win three.

Sri Lanka had played against Zimbabwe in their last match, where Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat. Due to persistent rain, the match was reduced to 27 overs a side. They started well and had an opening stand of 43 runs but had one of the worst collapses from there as they were bowled out for a petty total of 96. Even though Sri Lanka lost their first wicket at the score of one, this total was never going to be a challenging one for them. They easily cruised to the total and won the game by eight wickets owing to a skipper’s knock by Kusal Mendis.

Afghanistan had squared off against South Africa in their last encounter, where Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat. It was a close contest between both sides as South Africa was only able to squeeze out a victory by a small margin. Omarzai’s knock of 97 helped Afghanistan pump to a total of 244 runs which was a good total for their bowling attack to defend. And South Africa did struggle with this total as they had difficulty rotating strikes. It was the sixth wicket partnership between Rassie and Phehlukwayo which took them over the line and won the game by five wickets.

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Match Information

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, 1st ODI

Afghanistan tour of Sri Lanka, 9 Feb 2024, Fri, 2:30 PM IST ,Kandy

Probable PlayingXI

Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka, A Fernando, C Asalanka, SSD Arachchige, J Liyanage, Dunith Wellalage, W Hasaranga, K Mendis(C), S Samarawickrama, M Theekshana, D Chameera

Bench: Shavon Daniel, C Karunaratne, D Madushanka, PM Liyanagamage, A Dananjaya

Afghanistan

Ibrahim Zadran, R Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(C), Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, IA Khil, Qais Ahmad, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Bench: N Zadran, Riaz Hussan, Shahidullah Kamal, Abdul Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Farid Malik, Bilal Sami, Sharafuddin Ashraf

Injury News

(Rashid will still miss the series)

Weather Report

Clear Sky

Win Prediction

Sri Lanka

Pitch Condition

Bowling

Avg 1st Inning Score

186

Pitch Report

The track at the Pallekel International Cricket Stadium is mainly helpful to bowlers in nature. Pacers can have a good time bowling here with some assistance offered by the track while batters will have a hard time negating the swing. Teams prefer to bowl first here after winning the toss with the average first innings score being 186.

Captains

9

Wanindu Hasaranga SL all

Omarzai is a quality all-rounder for the Afghans. He has scored 490 runs at an average of 44.54 while has picked up 13 wickets as well in 22 ODI games.

Top

9

Mohammad Nabi AFG

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