AFG vs SL Match Preview

The opening batsmen, Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, will be aiming to provide Afghanistan with a formidable start. Zadran, in particular, has been in excellent form, having scored a rapid half-century in the previous match against Afghanistan. The dynamic opening duo will be complemented by the more seasoned middle order, comprising of Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah, and Najibullah Zadran.

The all-rounders, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, and Gulbadin Naib, possess the ability to be highly destructive with the bat on their day. However, Afghanistan's bowling attack remains a weak point. While Gulbadin and Fazalhaq Farooqi are competent seamers, they lack consistency in terms of taking wickets.

The spinners, particularly Rashid Khan, will need to deliver an impressive performance if Afghanistan is to have a chance of winning this match.

Despite missing some of his key players, Dasun Shanaka marshaled his troops well in the opening fixture. It started with a disciplined bowling effort from the bowlers.

Matheesha Pathirana was especially impressive, picking up 4 wickets for just 32 runs. Kasun Rajitha supported him well from the other end. While he went wicketless, Rajitha did manage to dry up the runs to put the opposition batsmen under pressure.

The spinners were right on the money with line and length and the team will expect a similar performance from them.

There are some improvements that Sri Lanka would like to make ahead of this crucial encounter. At least one of the top-order batsmen, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, or Kusal Mendis will need to play a big inning.

Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka were in good touch, smashing individual half-centuries and will play an important role in the middle order, while Dhananjaya de Silva and Shanaka will look to give a late flourish with the bat.

Weather Report

The weather will remain warm and dry. 

Pitch Report

The Gaddafi Stadium offers a flat track and the batsmen will enjoy batting on this surface. The pitch is on the dry side and the seamers will need to work hard to get movement off the pitch. There might be some swing too later on. The average first-inning score is 252 but teams batting first will look to get to at least 300.

Notable stats

Maheesh Theekshana’s miserly bowling

Theekshana is a difficult bowler to go after and is very accurate when it comes to the line he bowls. In the last 10 matches, he has given away just 3.85 runs per over, while also picking up 24 wickets.

Team News

There are no updates regarding injuries from either side. 


AFG vs SL Probable 11

AFG Playing 11

  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Wk)
  • Ibrahim Zadran
  • Najibullah Zadran
  • Rahmat Shah
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi (C)
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Rashid Khan
  • Karim Janat
  • Gulbadin Naib
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi
  • Mujeeb ur Rahman

SL Playing 11

  • Pathum Nissanka
  • Dimuth Karunaratne
  • Kusal Mendis (Wk)
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama
  • Dasun Shanaka (C)
  • Dhananjaya de Silva
  • Charith Asalanka
  • Dunith Wellalage
  • Kasun Rajitha
  • Matheesha Pathirana
  • Maheesh Theekshana
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing Sri Lanka to win this match. Despite not playing with their best 11, the team was clinical in its performance. The young bowling attack surprised one and all with its excellent effort, and we think they are up for any challenge in this match too. 


Top Picks

Ibrahim Zadran: Ibrahim Zadran is in excellent form in the ODIs. He has scored 904 runs in his career at an average of 56.50.

Pathum Nissanka: Nissanka has an excellent record against Afghanistan, scoring 255 runs against them at an average of 51.00.

Dhananjaya de Silva: A reliable all-rounder, De Silva has scored 249 runs in the last 11 matches and has also picked up 5 wickets. 


AFG vs SL Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: R Gurbaz

Batters: I Zadran (VC), P Nissanka, S Samarawickrama, C Asalanka

All-rounders: M Nabi, D de Silva, G Naib

Bowlers: M Theekshana, F Farooqi, M Pathirana (C)

AFG vs SL Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction