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Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, 2024 Today Match Prediction

14 Feb 2024 - 14:30 IST Pallekele Cricket Stadium - Kandy Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan
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Match Prediction:

The three-game ODI series between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan concludes on Wednesday with the last day-night duel at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Sri Lanka won the first two matches by 42 runs on Friday and 155 runs on Sunday. Continue reading as we preview this game. The day-night ODI begins at 14:30 local time at Pallekele on February 14th.

Sri Lanka dominated Afghanistan in the first two games of the series, and they have already won two ODI series this year. For Sri Lanka not to win the last game of this series, both teams would need to make significant improvements in their form.

Afghanistan were comprehensively outplayed on Sunday, with their innings lasting fewer than 34 overs. In the first game of the series, their top order collapsed, but this time it was the middle order that failed to contribute. It would be quite surprising if Afghanistan won the series.

Winning Chances:


Toss Prediction:

Sri Lanka won both matches by batting first and elected to do so in the last game. We expect Afghanistan to want to field first, thus regardless of who wins the toss, Sri Lanka will bat first.

Weather Report:

Once again, the humidity will rise gradually during this encounter. Cloudy weather are expected throughout, with temperatures in the mid-high twenties.

Pitch Report:

Sri Lanka has demonstrated in both games that there are plenty of runs to be had at this venue, albeit the pitch appears to be slowing down slightly. Any first-inning score above 300 should be enough to win.

Head to Head:

Sri Lanka’s huge win on Sunday increased their overall advantage in ODIs over Afghanistan to 9-4. The hosts have now won four out of the previous five.

Sri Lanka Preview:

Following the triumph of the initial game, Sri Lanka made one change, with veteran Dushmantha Chameera being replaced by Asitha Fernando. Fernando excelled with the ball, therefore we anticipate Sri Lanka to remain with the same XI as they aim for a 3-0 series triumph.

Sri Lanka Squad Preview:

Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis (c) (wk), Charith Asalanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Janith Liyanage, Wanindu Hasaranga, Pramod Madushan, Asitha Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka

Afghanistan Preview:

Chasing 309 for win, Afghanistan was on track and looking well at 128/1 before collapsing and being dismissed for 153. The majority of Afghanistan’s hitters scored in one of the first two games, so we don’t foresee any changes in this encounter.

Afghanistan Squad Predicted:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Gulbadin Naib, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Qais Ahmad

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Prediction:

Any victory of more over 150 runs in an ODI demonstrates a significant disparity between the two teams, and it would be surprising if Sri Lanka did not win convincingly again on Wednesday. However, Afghanistan has produced some excellent individual batting performances and now just need three or four batsmen to contribute in the same innings. Sri Lanka also appear to be significantly superior with the ball, and we believe they will win the third and final ODI.

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Sri Lanka will prevail over Afghanistan in the 3rd ODI.


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