SL vs AFG Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Jun 02, 2023

SL vs AFG Match Prediction - Jun 02, 2023

Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are going to face each other in the first of three ODI's as the series gets underway in Hambantota. The series is pretty important as Sri Lanka needs to be in good form ahead of the World Cup 2023 Qualifiers while Afghanistan needs to start getting its squad finalized for the main event. 

SL vs AFG 1st ODI Live Streaming and Broadcast

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan 1st ODI 2023 is going to be live streamed on the Sony Liv App and the ICC website. Sony's TV channels will carry the broadcast as well.

SL vs AFG head to head

Sri Lanka has won four out of the six completed ODI's it has played against Afghanistan.


SL vs AFG Team Previews

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is going to be playing at home and will start out as clear favorites. Sri Lanka's recent white-ball exploits have been quite encouraging and the team is showing signs of moving back up the ranks. It is the current Asia Cup champion as well. 

The batting is going to be led by Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendia. Both of them are excellent white-ball players with Nissanka quickly becoming the primary batter of the Sri Lankan side. The middle order boasts of players like Charith Asalanka, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, anmd Chamika Karunaratne. 

Even Wanindu Hasaranga is a capable batter.

In terms of depth, Sri Lanka is well covered. We like Dhananjaya de Silva as a potential top-scorer for Sri Lanka in this match because he is so good against spin. 

The bowling unit for Sri Lanka looks a bit thin in terms of experience and even quality. Kasun Rajitha and Dushmanth Chameera are expected to play as the fast-bowlers with Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana as the spinners. 

The fifth bowler could be a combination of all-rounders like Karunaratne, Shanaka, Mathews, or Dhanajaya de Silva.

Sri Lanka Playing 11

Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Lahiru Kumara.


Afghanistan is playing an ODI after almost 7 months and has also not had too much cricket in other formats. Some of Afghanistan's leading players play in franchise cricket aroudn the world but that is not the same thing as playing together. 

There is some rustiness that is expected from Afghanistan when they step on to the field.

Despite this, there is no doubt that Afghanistan has some very talented players. Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, and Hashmatullah Shahidi are the three leading ODI batters in the lineup while someone like Rahmanullah Gurbaz is obviously very dangerous as well. 

Rashid Khan not being available is a big loss but Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ahmad, and Mujeeb ur Rahman should be able to compensate for his absence. With Fazalhaq Farooqi and Fareed Malik to lead the bowling lineup, Afghanistan's bowling attack is very strong. 

If they can get the runs on the boatrd, Afghanistan is going to be hard to beat. In the past, they have also struggled to adapt their skills to the longer format where patience is also a necessity. 

Afghanistan Playing 11

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik.

SL vs AFG Toss Prediction

The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first. 

Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

There is some rain around in Hambantota and we may have some interruptions. The pitch is usually very good for batting. It is flat, a bit slow, and on the whole high-scoring. Scores of around 280-300 should be seen as being par. 

SL vs AFG Betting Tips

We are going to stick with the favorites in this contest and bet on Sri Lanka to win. They have more batting depth in their lineup and are also playing in home conditions. We also think the Afghanistan team is yet to prove itself as a serious 50-over threat. 

Bet on Sri Lanka to win.

Today Match Prediction

Sri Lanka To Win the Match, 1.46

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Who will win SL vs AFG

Sri Lanka 72.83% (126)
Afghanistan 27.17% (47)
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