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Here’s the much-awaited Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka prediction. The final group fixture of the Asia Cup 2023 will have Sri Lanka and Afghanistan fighting for a spot in the Super 4. The two teams will lock horns at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore Tuesday, September 5. The bookmakers have Sri Lanka as favourites before the match at 12/25 (1.48) while Afghanistan have bigger odds of 29/20 (2.45).
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Group B
- September 5, 2023 – 9:30 AM GMT
- Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
The pitches at Gaddafi Stadium are generally flat where batters can score big. The average batting first score at the venue reads 251. Three of the last four games have had the team batting first score over 300.
Lahore should witness hazy and typically warm weather on Tuesday. Rain shouldn’t be an issue for this game with the temperature ranging in the mid to high 30 degrees.
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Prediction
Sri Lanka lead the head to head record against Afghanistan by six wins to three. They have a better batting unit compared to Afghanistan, who rely heavily on the top order. Sri Lanka also have a more all-round bowling unit.
Our Prediction: Sri Lanka to win this match at 12/25 (1.48).
Ibrahim Zadran has scored 471 runs in his last 10 ODIs at an average of 52. He’s coming off a brilliant 75 in the last game and you can back him to be Afghanistan’s top batter at 11/4 (3.75). Pathum Nissanka has made 482 runs in his last 10 ODI innings at an average of 60 while striking at 92. Bet on him to be Sri Lanka’s top batter at 11/4 (3.75).
Our Prediction: Ibrahim Zadran to be Afghanistan’s top run-scorer at 11/4 (3.75).
Matheesha Pathirana was outstanding in the previous game against Bangladesh, claiming 4 for 32. Bet on him to be Sri Lanka’s best bowler at 11/4 (3.75). Mujeeb Ur Rahman had recently picked 3 for 33 against Pakistan. Bet on him to be Afghanistan’s top bowler at 7/2 (4.50).
Our Prediction: Matheesha Pathirana to be Sri Lanka’s top wicket-taker at 11/4 (3.75).
Man of the Match
Matheesha Pathirana’s rise in the sport has been rapid. He has the pace and a good skill set to dominate the batters. You can back him to be the player of the match at 9/1 (10.00).
Our Prediction: Matheesha Pathirana to be the Man of the Match at 9/1 (10.00) odds.
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Preview
A in the Super 4 stage will be on the line when these two teams clash in the final Group B fixture. Take a look at the two teams before the match kicks off.
Afghanistan were outplayed by Bangladesh in their first group game, where the lost by 89 runs. Bowlers were ineffective as the opponents posted 334 on the board. Ibrahim Zadran made 75 while Hashmatullah Shahidi also scored a fifty but they were eventually bowled out for 245.
Afghanistan could make one change to the playing XI for this game with Abdul Rahman coming in for Karim Janat.
Squad: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Abdul Rahman, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by five wickets in the last game and even a narrow loss here would get them through. Matheesha Pathirana was the star for Sri Lanka with a four-wicket haul. Chasing 165, Charith Asalanka and Sadeera Samarawickrama scored fifties to clinch the victory.
Sri Lanka are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI for this game.
Squad: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana
How to Watch Asia Cup 2023 in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
For those living in the UK, you can witness the Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka fixture of the Asia Cup 2023 live on TNT Sports.
- TNT Sports (TV)
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