Sri Lankan cricket is in the process of reviving its quality and now the board will be focusing on the upcoming ODI World Cup. Afghanistan is on tour to Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI series and both teams will be eying to do a commendable job in the ODI World Cup. The 2nd ODI between the two teams will be taking place on 4th June at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.
Sri Lanka will look forward to the ODI series against Afghanistan to gain some confidence in the ODI format. The team benefits from the home ground and the players are well aware of the playing conditions.
Afghanistan is a team with immense talent but less experience. They are travelling to Sri Lanka after scoring a T20 series win over Pakistan in March. The top bookmakers in India have cricket odds with them on their platforms.
Sri Lankan cricket has been struggling for a long time in all the formats of cricket. They have some talented players in the squad but the overall combination of the team has less confidence and low team morale. Team management will be concerned with the dip in the form of Pathun Nissanka and Kusal Mendis. Skipper Dasun Shanaka will be the key player for the team as he can play a strong inning in the middle order.
Wanindu Hasaranga is injured and won’t be part of the upcoming match.
Predicted Lineup: Pathum Nissanka, Dushan Hemantha, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Matheesha Pathirana
Afghanistan will be confident enough to face Sri Lanka at the latter’s home ground because the visitors are coming after scoring a T20 series win over Pakistan in UAE. With a good bowling attack, Afghanistan can trouble the opposition at any time. However, the team management will be concerned with an above-average batting lineup. They have struggled to chase or score a big number in the limited-over format.
Rashid Khan will be missing the 2nd ODI as well because of his injury.
Predicted Lineup: Fareed Ahmad Malik, Noor Ahmad, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Azmatullah Omarzai, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Afghanistan is expected to trouble the Sri Lankan batting attack. However, the hosts have some talented experienced players who can change the game at any time. We predict a win for Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI.