It will be SL vs AFG yet again on the 4th of June for the 2nd ODI at Hambantota.
In the first game today, it was Afghanistan who got the better of the hosts as they chased down 269 runs and won the game by 6 wickets.
Winning the toss and deciding to bowl first, Afghanistan put the hosts into bat. With some stellar performances from Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Pathum Nissanka, Sri Lanka reached 268.
However, they were bowled out for the same as Fareed Ahmad and Fazalhaq Farooqi picked up 2 wickets apiece.
Meanwhile, the visitors played really well in the second innings and Ibrahim Zadran scored a brilliant 98 along with contributions from Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi.
Moreover, they lost only 4 wickets and reached the target with great ease. For Sri Lanka, Kasun Rajitha picked up two wickets.
So, it is Afghanistan who draws first blood in this series and will now look to win it by defeating the hosts in the 2nd ODI.
Thus, the 2nd ODI will be a great one for both teams as it can either make or break things for them.
Match: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, 2nd ODI
Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota
Date: 4th June 2023
Time: 10:00 AM IST
The wicket at Hambantota will be a great one for batters to bat on throughout the game. Moreover, spinners will enjoy bowling on this surface as it provides great assistance to them. Furthermore, pacers will get help from the surface only during the initial phases of the game.
Full Squads for SL vs AFG, 2nd ODI
Angelo Matthews, Charith Asalanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Pathum Nissanka, Chamika Karunaratne, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmat Shah, Shahidullah, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Abdul Rahman, Fareed Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zia-ur-Rehman
Probable Playing XI for SL vs AFG, 2nd ODI
Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Angelo Matthews, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dushan Hemantha, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Lahiru Kumara
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik
Match Prediction for SL vs AFG, 2nd ODI
From the team combinations and previous results, Afghanistan can win this game and also win the series against Sri Lanka.
Furthermore, Sri Lanka will have to do something extra special to level the series.
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