Today Match Prediction: Sri Lanka vs. Afghanistan 3rd ODI
Today, an exciting ODI cricket match is scheduled between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The match is the third and final game of the series in Afghanistan’s tour of Sri Lanka, taking place on June 7, 2023, at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota. We are here to provide a 100% safe, perfect, and accurate match prediction, along with Dream11 fantasy team suggestions, by Raja Babu. We will also keep you updated with the live score and ball-by-ball updates. Let’s also make a toss prediction for this cricket match.
Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have won one match in this series, making this final match a crucial decider. Sri Lanka suffered a heavy defeat in the first match, but they made an impressive comeback in the second game, winning by a massive margin of 132 runs. On the other hand, Afghanistan had a successful start to the tour with a win in the first match but failed to deliver a strong performance in the second ODI, losing by a significant margin. Both teams will give their all in this match, knowing victory is vital.
Sri Lanka Review:
In the previous match, Sri Lanka showcased their dominance in every game aspect. After winning the toss, they chose to bat first and posted a formidable total of 323 runs in 50 overs. Almost every batsman contributed to the scorecard. Kusal Mendis was the standout performer, scoring 78 runs off 75 balls, including seven boundaries and a six. Dimuth Karunaratne also played exceptionally well, scoring 52 runs off 62 balls with seven sixes.
Sadeera Samarawickrama contributed 44 runs, Pathum Nissanka scored 43, and Dhananjaya de Silva remained not out with 29 runs. Sri Lanka’s bowling unit also performed admirably, restricting Afghanistan to 191 runs in 42.1 overs. Dhananjaya de Silva was the top bowler, taking three wickets for 39 runs in ten overs. Wanindu Hasaranga also had an outstanding performance, picking up three wickets for 42 runs in nine overs, including two maiden overs. Dushmantha Chameera and the captain, Dasun Shanaka, claimed two and one wickets, respectively.
Although Afghanistan started the series strongly by winning the first match, they struggled to maintain their momentum and suffered a heavy defeat of 132 runs in the second game. Afghanistan has a strong bowling department, but they needed help to contain Sri Lanka’s batsmen, conceding 323 runs in 50 overs. Mohammad Nabi was the most successful bowler, taking two wickets for 52 runs in ten overs. Fareed Ahmad also performed well, securing two wickets for 61 runs in nine overs.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Noor Ahmad claimed one wicket each, while Fazalhaq Farooqi and Azmatullah Omarzai failed to take any wickets. Afghanistan’s batting order performed well in the first match but collapsed in the second ODI, getting all out for 191 runs in 42.1 overs while chasing a target of 324 runs. Skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi was the highest run-scorer with 57 runs off 62 balls, including six boundaries. Ibrahim Zadran also made a valuable contribution with 54 runs off 75 balls, hitting two boundaries and a six. Rahmat Shah scored 36 runs, and Azmatullah Omarzai managed 28 runs.
ODI History and Stats:
Sri Lanka has played 887 ODI matches, winning 402 matches, 441 matches, and having 39 matches end with no result. They also had five tied matches.
Afghanistan has played 143 ODI matches so far, winning 71 matches and losing 67 matches. Four matches ended with no result, and one match was tied.
Today’s Winning Chances:
Sri Lanka is an experienced and strong team, particularly when playing in their home conditions. With a formidable batting order and bowling unit, they have an increased chance of winning today’s match. The winning chances are estimated as follows:
Sri Lanka: 54%