Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are set to clash once again in the second match of the thrilling three-match ODI series. The contest will take place at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota on Sunday, June 4, with the action kicking off at 10 am IST.
Having suffered a disappointing six-wicket loss to Afghanistan in the series opener at the same venue, the hosts will be eager to bounce back and level the series.
In the last encounter, Sri Lanka had set a target of 269 runs, due to the impressive innings by Charith Asalanka, who smashed 91 runs off 95 deliveries. Dhananjaya de Silva also made a valuable contribution with his 51 runs off 59 balls.
However, Afghanistan’s bowlers, including Fazalhaq Farooqi and Fareed Ahmad, managed to restrict the Sri Lankan batsmen and claim crucial wickets.
In their chase, Afghanistan showcased their batting prowess, successfully reaching the target in 46.5 overs. Opener Ibrahim Zadran led the charge with a brilliant knock of 98 runs, while Rahmat Shah contributed 55 runs to the team’s cause.
Sri Lanka’s Matheesha Pathirana, in his debut ODI appearance, secured his maiden wicket by dismissing Shah. Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara also chipped in with wickets for the home side.
With Afghanistan displaying dominance in the previous encounter, they will be eager to maintain their winning momentum and secure the series. However, Sri Lanka will be determined to redeem themselves in front of their home crowd and level the scores.
The stage is set for an enthralling battle as both teams vie for victory in the second ODI clash. Check complete details on SL vs AFG head-to-head records.
Head-to-Head ODI Record of SL vs AFG
Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have played each other eight times in ODIs. Sri Lanka has triumphed in 4 of these 8 games, while Afghanistan has triumphed in 3 of them. In one game, there was no winner.
Total – 8
SL – 4
AFG – 3
No Result – 1
Most runs in SL vs AFG ODI fixtures
Most Runs For Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera -128
Most Runs For Afghanistan: Ibrahim Zadran – 376
Most wickets in SL vs AFG ODI fixtures
Most Wickets For Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera – 10
Most Wickets For Afghanistan: Rashid Khan – 9
Sri Lanka Squad: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis(w), Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Dushan Hemantha, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Maheesh Theekshana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera
Afghanistan Squad: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Abdul Rahman, Riaz Hassan, Ikram Alikhil