Pallekele is all set to hos the three matches of the SL vs AFG ODI series. The first ODI will be played on November 25. The match starts at 2.30 pm local time. The second and the third ODI will be played on November 27 and 30.
The tour was initially scheduled to be played in February 2023 but was preponed on mutual agreement of both the boards. The Afghanistan National Team will arrive in Sri Lanka on November 22.
Both teams played a lot recently against each other in the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup. Afghanistan defeated the Lankans in the group stage of the Asia Cup but lost out in the Super 4 stage. Sri Lanka were the eventual winner of the Asia Cup 2022. The upcoming SL vs AFG series is a part of the Cricket World Cup Super League 2023.
In the T20 World Cup, both teams had a league-stage exit. The Lankans played the qualifiers and they won two out of the five games in Super 12. Afghanistan lost all their Super 12 games to bow out of the tournament.
Mohammad Nabi resigned as the captain of the side after the T20 World Cup. Hasmatullah Shahidi will lead the side in this series. Dasun Shanaka will lead the Lankan side. Afghanistan have named its squad while Sri Lanka will name their squad shortly.
It is predicted that the squad which played the T20 World Cup will play this series as well as the Lankans. Two likes changes will be Chamika Katunaratne and Danushka Gunathilaka both of who are dropped.
Both teams have played four ODIs against each other with Sri Lanka winning three and Afghanistan one. Afghanistan and Sri Lanka last met in the format in the 2019 World Cup, where the Lankan Lions recorded a 34-run triumph.
SL vs AFG Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, 1st ODI – Afghanistan Tour Of Sri Lanka 2022
The SL vs AFG first ODI will start at 2.30 pm local time in Pallekele. All three matches will be played at that venue. Meanwhile, there is a forecast of rain on the morning of the match. There are thunderstorms expected in the afternoon with a temperature of around 30 degrees. It is very possible that rain might play a spoilsport and we might get to see a shortened game.
As far as the pitch is concerned, 33 ODIs have been played previously at the venue. 19 matches have been won by the teams batting second while 14 batting first. Spin will play a part in these games as well dew given that they are afternoon games.