The middle teams on the points table are in a situation where anything can happen when Afghanistan and Sri Lanka play on October 30 in Pune. With four points apiece, there are four clubs who could finish in the top four.
After five games, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have each won two of them. With a significantly higher net run rate (NRR), the Lions hold the fifth spot, while the Afghans are ranked seventh. Which side advances to the semi-finals will be determined by this game.
Pitch report for the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium:
Batters have a preference surface at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. The pitch bounces at different points during the game, so the pacers have a decent chance of taking advantage of that. If the skipper wins the toss at this location, it could be a good idea to bowl first and chase the target down.
AFG vs. SL Match Details:
|Match||Afghanistan Vs Sri Lanka, ODI World Cup 2023, Match 30|
|Venue||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune|
|Date & Time||Monday, October 30, 2:00 PM (IST)|
|Live Streaming Details||Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar app and website|
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka head-to-head records:
There have been 11 ODIs between these two teams thus far. Of those, Afghanistan has won three and Sri Lanka seven. A single match yielded no outcomes. When these two last faced off, in September 2023, Sri Lanka won by a score of two runs against Afghanistan.
AFG vs SL Probable Playing XI:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Naveen-ul-Haq
Sri Lanka (SL):
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (c & wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera, and Dilshan Madushanka
AFG vs SL ODIs: Squads of both team:
Sri Lanka Squad: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis(w/c), 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.
Afghanistan Squad: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), 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