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Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds - Cricket World Cup 2023

  • date Oct 30, 2023
  • Start Time 14:00 IST / 8:30 GMT
  • Stadium Name Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium - Pune, India
Afghanistan AFG
Sri Lanka SL
242/3 (45.2)
241 (49.3)
Afghanistan won by 7 wkts

AFG vs SL Betting Tips

  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz struck 65 runs from 53 balls in the victory over Pakistan in Match 22 and the 21 year old opener has now made scores of 47, 21, 80, 11 and 65 in this tournament. He only knows one way to bat and that is in an attacking manner. We expect him to maintain his strong form and to be Afghanistan’s highest run scorer in this clash with Sri Lanka. Naveen-ul-Haq took 2-52 against Pakistan to follow up his 2-48 against New Zealand and he is averaging 28.10 for each wicket with a strike-rate of 27.9 from his 12 ODI appearances. He is yet to come up against Sri Lanka so he will enjoy taking on some new opponents and he is yet to go wicketless in his ODI career. Naveen is our tip for Afghanistan’s top wicket taker on Monday.
  • Pathum Nissanka continued his strong form in the 2023 Cricket World Cup with 77 runs from 83 balls against England in Bengaluru. The opener finished unbeaten after striking seven fours and two sixes in the victory. Another score of 50+ in this match should see his batting average climb over 40 and he has a strong record in this format with three centuries and 13 half-centuries. Nissanka is our pick for Sri Lanka’s highest run scorer against Afghanistan. After picking up the wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes and conceding only 36 runs in the win over the 2019 Cricket World Cup champions, Kasun Rajitha will come into this game full of confidence. He has 7 wickets from his last three innings with the ball and has taken a 4-wicket haul in two of his last six. Bowling at good pace, we recommend backing Rajitha to take over 1.5 wickets in this game.
  • Opening bowlers have not been able to get the better of Pathum Nissanka over recent innings and we expect him to hit over 31.5 runs in this match.

AFG vs SL Win Probability

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Our Prediction

Sri Lanka are favorites to win

AFG vs SL ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips, Cricket World Cup 2023

Afghanistan and Sri Lanka go head to head in Match 30 of the 2023 Cricket World Cup in Pune on Monday. Both teams have picked up two wins and are on four points in the table with a place in the top four certainly not out of reach at this stage. Afghanistan have beaten England by 69 runs and Pakistan by 8 wickets in their last three games with Sri Lanka beating both England by 8 wickets and the Netherlands by 5 wickets with 10 balls remaining. Read on as we preview this day-night match. The game gets underway at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Cricket Stadium at 14:00 local time. 

Afghanistan did not just beat Pakistan but won with plenty of wickets remain and good batters unused. With wins over England and Pakistan in the competition, they will see Sri Lanka as another team they can defeat. However, they will need to be at their best once more to make it three wins from four.

Sri Lanka were hit with a flurry of injuries throughout the 2023 Asia Cup and it hasn’t stopped during this tournament. However, they are now back to winning ways which will do wonders for their confidence and we expect them to have enough to beat Afghanistan in Pune.

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka ODI Match Live Streaming

TV channels: This game will be broadcast on Sky Cricket, Sky Sports SL, Willow TV and Star Sports

Live StreamingYou can live-stream the match on Disney+ Hotstar and Sky Go

AFG vs SL Match Toss Prediction

Four of the seven ODIs at this ground have been won by the team batting second so our prediction is that both captains will want to field first in this game.

AFG vs SL Pitch Report

This is a good batting wicket in Pune at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium pitch offering consistent pace and bounce. A par score will be around 350-360.

Spinners can try to fetch some wickets in the latter part of the match. This will be the 2nd fixture at this venue and in the first one, Virat Kohli smashed a century at a strike rate of 106.19.

Pune Weather Report

The forecast is for sunny and warm conditions throughout Monday afternoon before some cloudy conditions later on. The humidity level will increase a great amount in the final third of the match.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2023

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Afghanistan Team News & Playing 11

Afghanistan Team News

There was only one change for Afghanistan ahead of their extremely impressive victory over Pakistan in Chepauk with young spinner Noor Ahmad coming in for the quick Fazalhaq Farooqi. No changes are expected ahead of this match in Pune.

Afghanistan Team Key Players

  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz- since handing over the gloves to Ikram Alikhil, we have seen more consistent runs from the young opener. He hit nine fours and one six in the victory against Pakistan.
  • Ibrahim Zadran- the opening batter chase into this tournament with a fine ODI record and plenty of pundits talking him up. However, it had been hard work for him before his Player of the Match score of 87 in Match 22.

Afghanistan Key Batsmen Stats

Player Mat (ODI) Inns Runs HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 31 31 1182 151 39.40 87.88 5 4
Ibrahim Zadran 24 24 1084 162 49.27 82.81 4 5
  • Naveen-ul-Haq- the 24 year old pacer picked up the wickets of the well-set Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed in the win over Pakistan and has a brilliant ODI record.
  • Rashid Khan- the right-arm leg-spinner did not get a wicket against Pakistan but was treated with respect by the opposing batters who carefully negotiated his 10 overs for 41 runs.
  • Noor Ahmed - Noor Ahmed picked 3 in his first ever World Cup match which was against Pakistan. We are backing him to pick more wickets in this match. Noor bowled 10 overs with an impressive economy of 4.90 and removed strong batters Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.

Afghanistan Key Bowlers Stats

Player Mat (ODI) Inns Overs Wkts BBM Ave Econ SR 5w
Naveen-ul-Haq 12 12 93.1 20 4/42 28.10 6.03 27.9 0
Rashid Khan 99 94 843.2 178 7/18 20.14 4.25 28.4 4
Noor Ahmed 4 4 31.0 5 3/49 41.00 6.61 37.2 0

Afghanistan Team Form

Afghanistan lost three of their first four matches in the Cricket World Cup 2023 but come into this match with two wins from their last three.

Afghanistan Predicted Playing 11

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad

AFG vs SL Prediction
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction

Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11

Sri Lanka Team News

There were two changes for Sri Lanka ahead of their must-win game against England in Bengaluru. The vastly experienced Angelo Mathews, who had only arrived at the tournament as a replacement player in the previous days, came in as did Lahiru Kumara with Chamika Karunaratne and Dushan Hemantha dropping out.

Sri Lanka Team Key Players

  • Pathum Nissanka- the 25 year old opener is in excellent form and is targeting his fifth successive half-century in the tournament. He hit his highest score in the last match but is still yet to make a century in the competition.
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama- the right-hander has a brilliant record over recent innings for Sri Lanka. He hit 108 against Pakistan, 91 not out against the Netherlands and 65 not out against England from his last four innings.

Sri Lanka Key Batsmen Stats

Player Mat (ODI) Inns Runs HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Pathum Nissanka 45 45 1639 137 38.35 43.80 1 5
Sadeera Samarawickrama 28 25 910 108 41.36 94.98 1 7
  • Lahiru Kumara- the right-arm pacer took the Player of the Match Award after dismissing the impressive trio of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone in the victory in Bengaluru.
  • Kasun Rajitha- the 30 year old is a strong performer at international level and an improvement in his form has been reflected in Sri Lanka’s wins. He comes into this game after taking 6 wickets across the last two games.
  • Dilshan Madushanka - Madushanka is currently the leading wicket taker from the SL team. He has picked 11 wickets in 5 matches at an economy of 6.27. We are backing him to pick more wickets in this match

Sri Lanka Key Bowlers Stats

Player Mat (ODI) Inns Overs Wkts BBM Ave Econ SR 5w
Lahiru Kumara 28 28 188.3 37 6/122 40.47 3.86 62.9 1
Kasun Rajitha 31 31 231.3 42 4/50 33.16 6.01 33.0 0
Dilshan Madushanka 11 11 87.0 21 4/49 23.38 5.64 24.8 0

Sri Lanka Team Form

Sri Lanka have given themselves a chance with recent wins and a victory in this fixture will mean they have won three ODIs in a row.

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (c) (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara

AFG vs SL Team Form in Last Five Matches


SL : W W L L L

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Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Head to Head

This will be the fifth time the sides have met each other in this format since June with Sri Lanka winning the last three. The last meeting saw Sri Lanka win by only 2 runs during the 2023 Asia Cup in September.

AFG vs SL Head to Head Stats in ODIs

  Matches Played AFG Won SL Won Tie NR
Overall 11 3 7 0 1
Last 5 5 1 4 0 0

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Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Betting Odds

The bookies are expecting quite a close contest in Pune. Afghanistan are the underdogs at 2.37 with Sri Lanka the favourites to get the win at 1.55.

Who will win Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka ODI Match?

Both of these sides will be believing that this is not only a winnable clash but that they can challenge for the top four places in this stage. We see quality in both teams but believe there is more strength across the Sri Lanka squad.

AFG vs SL Top Team Batsmen

For Afghanistan, our batting choices are Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran. Batting at number three, Rahmat Shah had not been able to make a big score in the tournament before he showed his quality against Pakistan with 77 not out from 84 balls. The impressive part of his innings was that he had to wait until the 22nd over to come to the crease but was calm and composed throughout. Skipper Shahidi also made an unbeaten contribution against Pakistan as he struck 48 not out from 45 balls. He has been particularly strong against the Asian teams in this tournament after also hitting 80 against India.

Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis are our picks with the bat for Sri Lanka. Asalanka did not get an opportunity to bat, such was the good work done by the top and upper-middle order, in the win over England but the left-hander has been in strong form in this format and averages 40.60 from 40 ODI innings with a top score of 110. Captain Mendis has contributed only 31 runs combined from his last three innings but he was the most in-form batter in the world before this run of form. The keeper-batter hit 122 against Pakistan earlier in the tournament and 158 against Afghanistan in a warm-up game earlier this month.

AFG vs SL Top Team Bowlers

With the ball, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq and Mohammad Nabi are our tips for Afghanistan. All-rounder Nabi has impressed in both victories with figures of 2-16 against England and 1-31 against Pakistan so we can expect him to play a big role with the ball in this match. The experienced right-arm spinner has 157 ODI wickets to his name. 18 year old left-arm wrist spinner Ahmad came in for his first Cricket World Cup appearance and only his fourth ODI appearance on Monday. But the youngster was exceptional taking 3-49 but also picking up the wickets of three top level batters in Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam.

For Sri Lanka, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara and Angelo Mathews are our bowling selections.  Batting all-rounder Mathews came into the team without playing any competitive cricket for over a month in the last match but he did not look in any way out of practice as he picked up the wickets of potential match-winners Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali. Both of those English batters were left-handed and Mathews will target the left-handers in the Afghanistan batting line-up as well. Madushanka had been Sri Lanka’s top wicket taker in all of their previous matches but went wicketless against England and was the most expensive of the bowlers who sent down more than one over. In spite of no wickets on Thursday, he still has a strike-rate of 24.8 in this format.

🏆 Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Prediction

This looks set to be an excellent contest between two teams who are suddenly considering themselves to be in with a chance of challenging for the top four positions. And whoever wins this game will carry excellent form into their next fixture. Afghanistan, after beating Pakistan, will look to bat with the same aggression and fluency, if they can do that then they will cause Sri Lanka plenty of problems. However, we think there is more consistency in the batting line up of Sri Lanka and we think that will be crucial. Our prediction is that Sri Lanka win this match in Pune.

Sri Lanka to beat Afghanistan

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Posted On 30th October 2023 10:44:00 AM
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