In the 2023 ODI World Cup match scheduled for Monday, October 30, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will face each other in a crucial encounter. Both teams have managed to secure two victories in their first five matches of the tournament, keeping their hopes alive for a spot in the semi-finals. As of now, Afghanistan is ranked seventh, while Sri Lanka is placed fifth, both with the same number of points.
AFG vs SL: Recent form of both teams
Afghanistan has been gaining momentum at the right time in the tournament, with two notable upsets against England and Pakistan in their last three games. They defeated defending champions England by 69 runs in Delhi and later stunned Pakistan with an 8-wicket victory in Chennai. This remarkable performance has given them a chance to reach the semi-finals for the first time in World Cup history. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, lost their first three matches but bounced back with victories against Netherlands and England in their last two games, keeping their semi-final hopes alive.
The winner of Monday’s match between these two Asian teams will move one step closer to securing a spot in the top four. Both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are in good form, making this a crucial encounter.
AFG vs SL: Head to Head
In terms of their head-to-head record, Sri Lanka has a clear advantage, having won seven out of the 11 matches played against Afghanistan in ODIs. Their most recent meeting in September ended in a close 2-run victory for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has also emerged victorious in both of their previous ODI World Cup encounters.
Considering the head-to-head record and the current form, Sri Lanka is favored in this clash. However, Afghanistan has demonstrated its giant-killing ability in the 2023 ODI World Cup, and the match could provide an exciting contest. Afghanistan is expected to have the edge over Sri Lanka in the upcoming game in Pune.
AFG vs SL full squad
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil(w), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Riaz Hassan, Abdul Rahman, Najibullah Zadran
Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis(w/c), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Dushan Hemantha