SL vs AFG 1st ODI Head To Head
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Credits: Twitter)

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SL vs AFG Cricket Betting Tips and Tricks and Match Prediction- 1st ODI, Who Will Win Today ODI Match? 2023. The first game of the three-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will be played on 2nd June at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota.

SL vs AFG 1st ODI- Match Preview:

Afghanistan is set to face the host Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series. Sri Lanka, the host, is yet to qualify for the World Cup 2023. This ODI series will serve as excellent preparation for them, as the qualifier matches for the World Cup are scheduled later this month. Afghanistan’s last ODI series against Sri Lanka took place in November 2022 and ended in a tie, 1-1, showcasing impressive performances from both teams.

Led by Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lanka boasts a formidable side with quality top-order batsmen like Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis. Their bowling lineup includes Chamika Karunaratne, Matheesha Pathirana, and Maheesh Theekshana.

Sri Lanka
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Hashmatullah Shahidi leads Afghanistan, a young team of talented players like Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, who showcase their skills at the forefront. Additionally, Afghanistan possesses wicket-taking bowlers such as Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, and Fazalhaq Farooqi.

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Both sides are expected to elevate their performances in this series, providing valuable preparation for the World Cup 2023. Afghanistan holds an advantage due to their stronger bowling unit compared to the Sri Lanka team.

Key Players for Sri Lanka in SL vs AFG:

Pathun Nissanka: The young right-handed batsman in his mid-20s has shown great potential at the beginning of his One Day International (ODI) journey. With 23 matches under his belt, he has an impressive total of 715 runs, maintaining an average of 32.5. Within this remarkable record, he has recorded a century and six half-centuries. In the recent match against India, he showcased his brilliance by scoring 72 runs at a striking rate of 90.00.

Dasun Shanaka: The Sri Lankan captain and all-rounder is truly a standout player for his team during their recent ODI series against India earlier this year. Throughout his career, he has amassed an impressive total of 1098 runs in 50 matches, boasting an average of 26.14. In the thrilling encounter against India, he exhibited his skills by scoring a remarkable 108 off just 88 balls, while also managing to claim 1 wicket.

Key Players for Afghanistan in SL vs AFG:

Ibrahim Zadran: The talented Afghan batsman, who is 21 years old, has consistently impressed for his national team throughout the years. He has an impressive total of 433 runs in a mere 8 matches, boasting an outstanding average of 61.85. Notably, he has recorded three centuries in his illustrious career. In the recent match against Sri Lanka, he showcased his brilliance with an extraordinary knock of 162 runs in just 138 balls.

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Afghanistan National Cricket Team
Afghanistan National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

Fazalhaq Farooqi: The left-arm fast-medium bowler, who is just 24 years old, possesses a remarkable ability to take wickets throughout the match. In his short ODI career, spanning 10 matches, he has already claimed an impressive tally of 17 wickets with an economy rate of 5.09. Additionally, he has bowled 4 maiden overs, showcasing his skill in restricting the opposition’s scoring opportunities.

SL vs AFG 1st ODI Squads:

Sri Lanka Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Angelo Mathews, Pathum Nissanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Sadeera, Samarawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana

Afghanistan Squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah, Abdul Rahman, Azmatullah Omarzai, Fareed Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Riaz Hassan

SL vs AFG Cricket Betting Tips and Tricks and Match Prediction- 1st ODI, Who Will Win Today ODI Match? 2023

Afghanistan. Image: Wikipedia

What will be the Final Score of the team batting first in SL vs AFG?

The Final Score is expected to be 270.

Who will be the Man of the Match in SL vs AFG?

Ibrahim Zadran is expected to be the Man of the Match.

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Who will be the Best Batsman (Runs scored) in SL vs AFG?

Ibrahim Zadran is expected to score the most runs in this match.

Who will be the Best Bowler (wickets taken) in SL vs AFG?

Fazalhaq Farooqi is expected to take the most wickets in this match.

When will the First Wicket Fall in SL vs AFG?

The first wicket is expected to fall at 20 runs.

What will be the First Over Runs in SL vs AFG?

First Over Runs is expected to be 5.

What will be the First Ball Runs in SL vs AFG?

First Ball Run is expected to be 1.

Who will score the Most Fours in SL vs AFG?

Rahmanullah Gurbaz is expected to score Most Fours.

Who will score the Most Sixes in SL vs AFG?

Ibrahim Zadran is expected to score Most Sixes.

Who will Win The Match in SL vs AFG?

Afghanistan is expected to win the Match.

Disclaimer: These predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced so stay tuned.