Afghanistan vs Pakistan Prediction: 1st ODI Betting Tips & Odds

Looking for Afghanistan vs Pakistan Prediction? The two sides have been involved in some heated moments in recent times and are set to play three ODIs starting from August 22nd. The first match will be played at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota. Pakistan walk into the game as favourites with odds of 3/10 (1.30) whereas Afghanistan have a bigger task at 11/5 (3.20).

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

  • Afghanistan vs Pakistan, 1st ODI
  • August 22, 2023 – 9:30 AM GMT
  • Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota

Pitch Report and Weather Conditions

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium generally produces slower pitches that tend to get more difficult to bat on. A total of 24 ODIs have been played here, with the average first innings score of 249.

The forecast suggests Hambantota should witness clear and sunny weather on Tuesday. There’s no threat of rain with the temperature hovering between 27-32 degree Celsius.

Afghanistan vs Pakistan Prediction

Pakistan have the head to head record in their favour, having won all four ODI matches between the two sides. While Afghanistan can’t be taken lightly in these conditions, Pakistan just have a better side on paper.

Our Prediction: Pakistan to win this match at 3/10 (1.30).

Top Run-scorer

Fakhar Zaman has scored 549 runs in his last 10 ODIs at an average of 61 and strike rate of 88. You can back Zaman to be the top batter for Pakistan at 13/5 (3.60). Ibrahim Zadran has been in great form, amassing 602 runs in the last 10 games. You can back him to be Afghanistan’s top batter at 11/4 (3.75).

Our Prediction: Fakhar Zaman to be Pakistan’s top run-scorer at 13/5 (3.60).

Top Wicket-taker

Naseem Shah has 23 wickets from just eight ODIs at an exceptional strike rate of 19. Bet on him to be Pakistan’s best bowler at 11/4 (3.75). Fazalhaq Farooqi has taken 27 wickets from 16 ODIs at 26.7 strike rate. Back Farooqi to be the top bowler for Afghanistan at 7/2 (4.50).

Our Prediction: Naseem Shah to be Pakistan’s top wicket-taker at 11/4 (3.75).

Man of the Match

Naseem Shah has been outstanding in his One-Day career so far. He has snared two five-wicket hauls from eight games and concedes at 4.73 rpo. Take a punt on him to be the player of the match at 18/1 (19.00).

Our Prediction: Naseem Shah to be the Man of the Match at 18/1 (19.00) odds.

Afghanistan vs Pakistan Preview

The two would hold to get a good start as they looked to prepare for the upcoming Asia Cup and World Cup. Here’s a look at two teams ahead of the first ODI.


Afghanistan toured Bangladesh in July, where they registered a series victory by 2-1. They won the first two games before losing the dead rubber. Earlier in June, they lost to Sri Lanka by 1-2.

Afghanistan have a pretty settled line-up and are unlikely to feature any surprise picks. They have three world class spin options with Fazalhaq Farooqi as the lead pacer.

Squad: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman


Pakistan last played fifty-over cricket in April-May, where they hosted New Zealand in a five-match series. They won the first four games to seal the series.

The Babar Azam-led side also have most of the spots in the playing XI locked. They have a terrific pace unit while Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz and Agha Salman will be the spin options.

Squad: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf

How to Watch Afghanistan vs Pakistan ODIs in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List

Unfortunately for the fans in the UK, the three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Pakistan doesn’t have an official broadcaster.

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