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Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan 1st ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Sri Lanka SL
Afghanistan AFG
234 (38)
294/8 (50)
Afghanistan won by 60 runs
Betting Tips
  • Pathum Nissanka hit 67 runs from 45 balls in his last international appearance and he has been in good form across this calendar year. The right-hander is our tip for Sri Lanka’s highest run scorer in this match. Spinner Wanindu Hasaranga finished the T20 World Cup as the top wicket taker and we expect him to be Sri Lanka’s top wicket taker in this ODI.
  • Skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi has hit 13 ODI half-centuries and we are backing him to be Afghanistan’s highest run scorer against Sri Lanka. Rashid Khan has taken 158 wickets in this format and the spinner is our pick for Afghanistan’s top wicket taker in this ODI.
  • We recommend backing Rashid Khan to pick up over 2.5 wickets in this clash.

SL vs AFG Win Probability

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Our Prediction

Sri Lanka are favorites to win

SL vs AFG 1st ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Sri Lanka and Afghanistan go head to head in the first of three ODIs at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Friday afternoon. Sri Lanka beat Australia 3-2 in their last series in this format. Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe 3-0 in early June. Read on as we preview this first game of the series which is part of the 2020 - 23 World Cup Super League. The day-night ODI gets underway at 14:30 local time in Pallekele.

Sri Lanka have made plenty of progress since Chris Silverwood took over as national coach earlier this year. They are always a strong side in home conditions and will be confident of defeating Afghanistan in this opening match.

Afghanistan have struggled to go up another level over the last year and, whilst they continue to beat lesser sides, they often find the going tough against the more established nations. They will need to be at their best in this ODI.

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan 1st ODI Match Live Streaming

TV channels: This match will be shown live on Sony Sports Network

Live StreamingFans can stream the match on ICC.TV

SL vs AFG Match Toss Prediction

Seven of the last 10 ODIs at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium have been won by the team batting first. It would be a big surprise if either skipper decided to field first after winning the toss.

SL vs AFG, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Pitch Report

We expect to see a pitch without a great deal of pace in Pallekele but quick bowlers will get movement through the air and off the surface. Any score over 300 will be competitive in this game.

Pallekele Weather Report

We expect plenty of cloud cover and increasing humidity as this game develops. There is a chance of a passing thunderstorm but the forecast currently is for dry weather.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan 1st ODI Match 2022

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Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11

SL Team News

The 2022 Asia Cup Champions were unable to replicate their success in the T20 World Cup but have a strong squad to select from ahead of this opening ODI. In the context of the league, Sri Lanka still need to pick up some more wins and we expect to see them choose their best available team for this game.

SL Key Players

  • Pathum Nissanka - The 24 year old right-handed opener has scored three ODI half-centuries at this venue already this year and scored his first ODI century in June.
  • Kusal Mendis - The 27 year old keeper-batter has hit nine international centuries with two coming in this format. He hit 86 not out against Australia in Pallekele in mid-June.
  • Wanindu Hasaranga - The bowling all-rounder has finished as the top wicket taker in the 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cup. He will get plenty of turn on this surface.

SL Team Form

Sri Lanka have won three of their last five ODIs

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Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana

SL vs AFG Prediction
SL vs AFG Match Prediction

Afghanistan Team News & Playing 11

AFG Team News

With qualification for the 2023 World Cup (in India) still on the line, Afghanistan have convinced all of their top and experienced players to turn out for their country in these ODIs as opposed to taking part in franchise competitions. There are no injuries in the squad ahead of this opening ODI.

AFG Key Players

  • Hashmatullah Shahidi - The left-handed captain has a Test Match double-century to his name and will be refreshed ahead of this game after not being selected for the T20 World Cup in Australia.
  • Mohammad Nabi - The experienced all-rounder is capable of making valuable contributions with both bat and ball. He has an excellent record in white ball internationals and will be a key player for his side in Pallekele.
  • Rashid Khan - The leg-spinner continues to be Afghanistan’s main wicket taking threat across all formats. He has an average of 18.65 in ODIs and is a more than useful lower-order batter.

AFG Team Form

Afghanistan are targeting their fifth successive ODI win in this game.

Afghanistan Predicted Playing 11

Hasmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rahmat Shah, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad

SL vs AFG Team Form in Last Five Matches

SL : L W W W L

AFG : W W W W L

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Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Head to Head

This will be only the fifth ODI meeting between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan with Sri Lanka leading the head to head 3-1. Afghanistan’s only win came in September 2018.

SL vs AFG Head to Head Stats in ODI's

  Matches Played SL Won AFG Won Tie No Result
Overall 4 3 1 0 0
Last 5 4 3 1 0 0

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Betting Odds

Sri Lanka are clear favourites with the bookies ahead of this opening game of the series in Pallekele. Afghanistan have longer odds but are not considered to be no-hopers.

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Who will win Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan 1st ODI Match?

Although Afghanistan are in seventh place, three above Sri Lanka, in the 2020 - 2023 World Cup Super League, it is Sri Lanka who have been more impressive across all formats over recent months.

SL vs AFG Top Team Batsmen

Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka are our batting picks for Sri Lanka. Mendis is favourite with the bookies to top score and has posted some high scores in white ball cricket over the last six months. Asalanka has a century and five 50s in this format.

We are recommending Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Ibrahim Zadran with the bat for Afghanistan. Gurbaz has the top odds with the bookmakers and has hit three centuries from 12 ODIs. Zadran has a top score of 121 not out in ODIs.

SL vs AFG Top Team Bowlers

We have selected Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana and Pramod Madushan as Sri Lanka’s top bowlers. The bookies have Hasaranga as favourite to take the most wickets and he very rarely goes wicketless in any format. Theekshana has format best figures of 4-37.

Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are our bowling tips for Afghanistan. Khan has the leading odds with the bookmakers and will turn the ball a great deal at this venue. Farooqi bowls with good pace and has never gone wicketless across his seven ODIs.

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Prediction

With points up for grabs in the 2020 - 2023 World Cup Super League, there is plenty riding on this opening ODI of the series. Afghanistan have plenty of talented players but they have lacked consistency with their performances over 2022. Sri Lanka have impressed over the last six months and we are backing them to win this ODI. 

Final Verdict

Sri Lanka are favorites to beat Afghanistan at the odds of 1.44

Posted On 25th November 2022 09:39:00 AM
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