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Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, 1st ODI – SL vs AFG Cricket Match Prediction, Where To Watch, Probable 11 And Fantasy 11 Tips

Afghanistan are set to tour Sri Lanka for the 1st time as both teams would look to improve their positions on the ICC ODI World Cup Super League points table.

Rishabh Gautam
By Rishabh Gautam November 25, 2022 • 12:50 PM

Afghanistan are set to tour Sri Lanka for the 1st time as both teams would look to improve their positions on ICC ODI World Cup Super League points table.

SL vs AFG 1st ODI: Match Preview:


Both teams – Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are currently struggling in the bottom half of the ODI World Cup Super League points table and would look to register crucial wins with the upcoming World Cup in mind. 

Due to the Chamika Karunaratne fiasco, Sri Lanka are yet to name a squad for the 3-match ODI series against Afghanistan. 

For hosts Sri Lanka, Pathum Nissanka has been the best batter for them in ODIs this year. In 2022, Nissanka has scored 368 runs in 8 innings with an average of 46 while striking at 87.20 with a century and three fifties to his name. 

Charith Asalanka and keeper batter Kusal Mendis have also crossed the 300-run mark in ODIs for Sri Lanka this year. In the same no. of matches, Asalanka has scored 333 runs at an average of 47.57 while Kusal Mendis averages 53 in his 318 ODI runs in 2022. 

Leg break bowler Jeffrey Vanersay has the most wickets for Sri Lanka in ODIs this year, with 14 scalps to his name in 7 matches while maintaining an economy of 4.85. Sri Lanka would miss Chamika Karunratne, who is their 2nd highest wicket-taker in ODIs this year. 

Right-handed batter Rahmat Shah has been the top scorer for Afghanistan in the ODIs this year, with 484 runs to his name in 9 matches with an average of 53.77 with 4 fifties to his name. Hasmatullah Shahidi (317), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (276) and Najibullah Zadran (234) have also crossed the 200-run mark in ODIs this year. 

In the bowling department, the spin king in Limited Overs, Rashid Khan has the most wickets with 18 scalps to his name in 9 matches. Rashid has maintained an economy of 4.07 in ODIs in 2022. 

Left-arm pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi has registered 13 wickets at an economy of 4.69 this year while Fareed Ahmad and Mohammad Nabi picked up 10 wickets each. Spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has also picked up 9 wickets in 9 matches in ODIs this year.

SL vs AFG 1st ODI: Match Details

  • Date – Friday, November 25, 2022
  • Time – 02:30 PM IST
  • Venue – Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele

Match Prediction: Today's Match Prediction? SL vs AFG 1st ODI

Home team Sri Lanka would start as favourites to win the 1st ODI against visitors Afghanistan. 

SL vs AFG Head-to-Head:

  • Total – 4
  • Sri Lanka – 3
  • Afghanistan – 1

SL vs AFG 1st ODI: Where to Watch?

The ODI series between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will be broadcasted Live for free on ICC.tv.

SL vs AFG 1st ODI Team News:

Sri Lanka – Bhanuka Rajapaksa has withdrawn from the series to take a break from the ODI format. 

SL vs AFG 1st ODI Probable Playing XI:

  • Sri Lanka – Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Ashen Bandara, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dananjaya Lakshan, Kusal Mendis, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Pramod Madushan
  • Afghanistan – Hashmaulltah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fazalhar Farooqi, Noor Ahmed

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SL vs AFG 1st ODI Fantasy XI: