Opener Pathum Nissanka averages 50.66 in ODIs at this venue and he is well worth backing as Sri Lanka’s highest run scorer in this match. The Afghan batters are very careful when facing Wanindu Hasaranga but he still finds ways to pick up wickets. He is our pick for Sri Lanka’s top wicket taker against Afghanistan.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz has hit a half-century in both ODIs in the series so far and the opener is our tip for Afghanistan’s highest run scorer in this match. With the ball, we are backing Fazalhaq Farooqi, who took four wickets in Friday’s ODI, to be Afghanistan’s top wicket taker in this game.
With such a strong record in this format on this pitch, we recommend Pathum Nissanka to score a fifty in the match.
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Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan 3rd ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips
SL vs AFG 3rd ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips
Sri Lanka and Afghanistan play their third and final ODI on Wednesday afternoon in Pallekele. Afghanistan won the first game of the series but the second game ended as no result after rain arrived in the second half of the match. Read on as we preview this match with points up for grabs in the 2020-23 World Cup Super League. This ODI gets underway at 14:30 local time at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Sri Lanka put in an excellent performance with the ball on Sunday, reducing Afghanistan from 135-1 to 228 all out (48.2). When the rain arrived, the hosts were on top and they will be confident of winning this ODI.
Afghanistan will have been disappointed with their final total in the second game of the series but the good form of Rahmanullah Gurbaz is very encouraging. They fear no team in any format of cricket.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan 3rd ODI Match Live Streaming
TV channels: This match will be shown live on Siyatha TV.
Afghanistan have won the toss and chosen to bat first in both games and it would be a huge surprise if either skipper elected to field first after winning the toss ahead of this ODI.
SL vs AFG, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Pitch Report
We have seen a good batting wicket in both games of the series and we expect the same on Wednesday. Whoever bats first will be looking to post a minimum of 285.
Pallekele Weather Report
There will be some cloud cover and the humidity levels will increase as the afternoon progresses but there are no worries about rain interrupting any part of Wednesday’s game.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan 3rd ODI Match 2022
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
SL Team News
In spite of the heavy defeat in the opening game of the series, Sri Lanka put out the same team for the second ODI. Before the rain arrived on Sunday, all the bowlers had taken wickets with the exception of Dhanjaya Lakshan and no changes are anticipated.
SL Key Players
Pathum Nissanka - The right handed opener enjoys batting at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Compared to an international career average of 31.72, he averages 39.70 at this venue.
Kasun Rajitha - The right arm quick bowler was the pick of Sri Lanka’s bowlers on Sunday. He dismissed Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi in quick succession and will be dangerous in this match.
Wanindu Hasaranga - The spinner always keeps the runs down and is a constant wicket taking threat. He has picked up three wickets in this series so far.
SL Team Form
With Sunday’s game ending as a no result, Sri Lanka have now gone three successive ODIs without a win. Their last victory in this format was in June.
After winning Friday’s game by 60 runs, Afghanistan selected the same XI for the second ODI on Sunday. With the 2023 World Cup now less than 12 months away, we predict that Afghanistan will pick an unchanged team as they look to build momentum.
AFG Key Players
Rahmanullah Gurbaz - The 21 year old keeper-batter has an average of 44.38 with a highest score of 127 14 innings in this format.
Rashid Khan - Although the leg-spinner only picked up one wicket on Friday, he conceded only 40 runs from his eight overs. He will once again be a major threat to Sri Lanka on this pitch in this ODI.
Fazalhaq Farooqi - The 22 year old left-arm pace bowler continues to produce exceptional performances in ODI cricket. He has taken 17 wickets from eight games and picked up his best figures at the Pallekele Stadium on Friday.
AFG Team Form
After five successive victories over Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, Afghanistan myst start another winning run after Sunday’s abandonment.
Afghanistan Predicted Playing 11
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Hasmatullah Shahidi (c), Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Yamin Ahmadzai
SL vs AFG Team Form in Last Five Matches
SL : NR L L W W
AFG : NR W W W W
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Head to Head
Sunday’s game was the first ODI between the sides to end without a winner and means that there is still only one game between the teams in the overall head to head. The largest victory margin is 129 runs from their first meeting.
SL vs AFG Head to Head Stats in ODI's
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Betting Odds
The bookmakers are backing Sri Lanka to end the series with a win. Although they are the underdogs, Afghanistan should not be ruled out.
Who will win Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan 3rd ODI Match?
Sri Lanka looked far stronger in Sunday’s game than in the opening match of the series. Although Afghanistan will still be competitive, we expect Sri Lanka to be too strong in this match.
SL vs AFG Top Team Batsmen
Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka and Dinesh Chandimal are our Sri Lanka batting picks. Mendis and Nissanka are level favourites with the bookies and both have won games with individual brilliance in 2022. Chandimal is one of Sri Lanka’s most experienced players at the moment and is a very reliable batter.
Our recommendations are Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rahmat Shah and Ibrahim Zadran with the bat for Afghanistan. Gurbaz has the top odds with the bookmakers and has been the most consistent batter in the series. Zadran has impressed for his country across all formats this year.
SL vs AFG Top Team Bowwlers
We have selected Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana and Kasun Rajitha with the ball for Sri Lanka. As a consistent wicket taker, Hasaranga is favourite to be the home side’s top bowler. Theekshana took 2-49 on this wicket on Sunday.
Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are our Afghanistan bowling selections. Khan has been their top bowler for many years and the bookies are backing him to deliver again. Mujeeb has taken 79 wickets in this format and is a threat on any surface.
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan Prediction
Although the second ODI could not be completed, there have been many entertaining moments in this series so far. We are expecting another well contested match on Wednesday but this time we expect Sri Lanka to have the edge with both the ball and the bat. Afghanistan’s batting is not consistent enough across their top and middle order and we are backing Sri Lanka to win the ODI.
Sri Lanka are favorites to beat Afghanistan at odds of 1.50