Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka prediction: Match win, Dream11 and toss

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka match prediction: Afghanistan to win

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka toss prediction: Sri Lanka to win the toss and bowl first

Even as the World Cup nears, the warm-up fixtures are set to conclude on October 3. Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will lock horns in the 8th warm-up encounter with two more matches set to be played on the day. Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati will host this match. Both teams will be keen on having a look at their best combination or providing game time to a few players ahead of the tournament proper. Here’s our Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka match prediction.

AFG vs SL date and time: October 2, 2 PM IST

AFG vs SL venue: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati

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AFG vs SL match preview

Afghanistan

Afghanistan will be desperate to take the field amidst rain in Guwahati over the last few days. Their previous warm-up fixture in Kerala against South Africa was also washed out. The team was last in action during the Asia Cup where they came so close to qualifying for the Super Four round only to lose the chance due to a lack of communication regarding net run-rate calculations.

Some of their top players in Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi among others will be keen on spending some time in the field to shrug off the rust. The pace bowling attack will also be looking to adjust to their lines and lengths ahead of the tournament.

Afghanistan squad: Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ikram Alikhil, Abdul Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, will be looking to improve their show after going down to Bangladesh by seven wickets in the previous warm-up match. Kusal Perera got retired hurt while batting in the last outing and he might not be risked in this match. With Sri Lanka scheduled to play their opening game on October 7 against South Africa, they might look to rest their top players.

Sri Lanka squad: Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (C), Dimuth Karunaratne, Dushan Hemantha, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madhushanka, Pathum Nissanka

Pitch Report and expected weather conditions

Rain has continued to trouble the teams in the warm-up fixtures and Tuesday (October 3) won’t be the same either. There is around 50% chance of rain during the match and we might end up witnessing a shortened encounter between the two teams.

As far as the pitch is concerned, Bangladesh chased down 264 runs against Sri Lanka with eight overs in hand while England also proved it is a brilliant batting pitch against Bangladesh in a shortened game. Expect the team winning the toss to bowl first with rain around.

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Dream11 prediction

Here’s our Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Dream11 prediction for the warm-up match:

  • Wicket keeper(s): Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Batter(s): Pathum Nissanka, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah
  • All-rounder(s): Mohammad Nabi, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage
  • Bowler(s): Rashid Khan, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Naveen-ul-Haq
  • Recommended captain: Ibrahim Zadran
  • Recommended vice-captain: Rashid Khan
AFGHANISTAN VS SRI LANKA
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It is difficult to predict the Dream11 fantasy team in warm-up matches. But with Afghanistan’s last match getting washed out, most of their first XI players might take part in this game. Hence, Gurbaz, Zadran and Rahmat are must-picks in the batting and wicketkeeping departments. With the ball, Rashid Khan will be key alongside Naveen.

Among Sri Lankans, Nissanka and Dhananjaya might take the field while Wellalage might need more exposure in his maiden World Cup. As captain and vice-captain, Zadran and Rashid are good options in Dream11.

AFG vs SL match prediction: Afghanistan to win

Afghanistan play their best cricket against Sri Lanka especially in the ODI format. The two teams played out a thriller in the Asia Cup. Looking at their recent record against Sri Lanka, Afghanistan are certainly the favourites to win this match and gain a lot of confidence in the lead up to the World Cup.

AFG vs SL toss prediction: Sri Lanka to win the toss and bowl first

Our AFG vs SL toss prediction is in favour of Sri Lanka with rain likely to interrupt the proceedings. However, only this bit might go in their favour as Afghanistan are the favourites to win this match looking at their recent head to head record.

Man of the Match prediction: Ibrahim Zadran

Ibrahim Zadran loves to score big runs against Sri Lanka. The man is supremely talented and this match might just be the best one for him to showcase his skills and up his confidence ahead of the World Cup.

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI betting odds

Afghanistan odds: 2.25

Sri Lanka odds: 1.6