Afghanistan
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Afghanistan qualified for the future ODI World Cup in India in 2023 after their second ODI against Sri Lanka was rained out on Sunday (November 27).

Afghanistan received five points as a result of the washout in Pallekele, boosting their World Cup Super League rankings and guaranteeing their spot in the main event in India in 2023.

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Afghanistan
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Afghanistan now has 115 points overall in the current cycle of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League standings thanks to the five additional points the Asian team received for the no result.

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Afghanistan Team. Image Credits: Twitter

As a result, they are comfortably in seventh place in the current standings. The top eight teams at the end of the Super League will receive automatic entry into the 50-over World Cup, which will be held in India in 2023.

No Result worked to Afghanistan’s advantage:

On the one hand, although Afghanistan benefited from the “No Result,” Sri Lanka’s opponent experienced the exact opposite effect. In order for Sri Lanka to qualify automatically, a lot of games would need to go in their favor.

There are only four games left in this CWCSL cycle, and the Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lankan team is now ranked 10th with 67 points. If they defeat Afghanistan on November 30 at Pallekele, they can begin their quest to qualify (Wednesday).

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Afghanistan (Photo by Munir uz ZAMAN / AFP)

Before the second ODI was officially called off by rain, Sri Lankan spinners performed a remarkable job of holding Afghanistan to just 228. Hazratullah Zazai (68) and Rahmat Shah (58) hit hundreds early on in the innings to help Afghanistan get off to a solid start, but Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjaya de Silva significantly reduced the run rate, and the Afghan squad was bowled out with 1.4 overs remaining.

As hosts of the Cricket World Cup Super League, India has an automatic qualification. Regardless, they lead the league with 13 victories in 20 games. Defending champions England is second with 12 wins in 18 games, while New Zealand has moved up to third with a win over India in the first ODI and an abandoned match in the second.

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