Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will face each other in the 6th match of the 2023 Asia Cup at the Gaddafi Stadium on a Tuesday afternoon. On Sunday, Afghanistan’s first game of the season was a loss against Bangladesh by 89 runs. In their first match, Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets. In the following, we will preview this Group B contest. This unusual day-night game kicks off at 14:30 in Lahore.
Afghanistan is not performing well in this style at all, as they showed against Bangladesh on Sunday in their crushing loss. If they want to beat Sri Lanka, they’ll need greater performances with the bat and the ball.
After a solid bowling performance and an encouraging batting showing, Sri Lanka crossed the finish line with 66 balls to spare on Thursday. They will enter this matchup feeling optimistic of claiming victory in another ODI.
After winning the toss, the batting team has started each of the first four games in the 2023 Asia Cup. Both captains, we believe, will be eager to take the field first.
On Tuesday, the game is expected to be played in bright, extremely hot circumstances. Throughout the entirety of the game, the temperature will not dip below 30 degrees.
In Lahore, the pitch has a lot of speed and is ideal for batting. Fast bowlers who maintain control of their line and length will find success.
Head to Head:
Sri Lanka has prevailed in six of the 10 one-day internationals played between the two teams, including three of the past four. Their most recent two victories were by 132 runs and nine wickets, respectively.
AFG vs SL Team Form in Last Five Matches:
AFG : L L L L L
SL : W W W W W
With only Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Gulbadin Naib picking up a wicket each for Afghanistan on Sunday, the team management will be looking to their experienced bigger names, like Mohammad Nabi, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Rashid Khan to be more threatening in this match.
Afghanistan Squad Prediction:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Sri Lanka Preview
Sri Lanka won their second match of the tournament with time to spare, although they dropped five wickets with the bat and should have done better. We anticipate fielding the same starting XI that played against Bangladesh, as nobody left the game with an injury.
Sri Lanka Squad Prediction:
Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana
AFG vs SL Head to Head Stats in Tests
|Matches Played||AFG Won||SL Won||Tie||NR|
Who will win Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka 6th Asia Cup Match?
Before Sri Lanka came back to win the last ODI series, Afghanistan had a 1-0 lead. Sri Lanka is the more consistent side with bat and ball, although both teams have match-winners.
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Prediction:
We anticipate an aggressive batting effort from Afghanistan, as they need a win to keep their tournament hopes alive. Sri Lanka needs more runs from their top order, but their middle order is strong as well. We expect Sri Lanka to be too formidable and win the match.