Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, 1st ODI – Fantasy Preview with Predicted Playing XIs, Venue Details, Relevant Stats & Full Fantasy XI

Sri Lanka will take on Afghanistan in the 1st ODI of a 3-match series and 12th Khiladi provides you with the Dream11 prediction and fantasy tips for this contest.

Final Fantasy Team

WKs: Kusal Mendis,

Batters: Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah

All-Rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammad Nabi, Dhananjaya de Silva

Bowlers: Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Rashid Khan

C/VC picks: Wanindu Hasaranga, Rashid Khan

Top Differentials: Fazalhaq Farooqi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Top C/VC Differentials: Dhananjaya de Silva, Mohammad Nabi


Team Notes

  • If we see Head to Head, SL have won the 3 out of last 4 games against Afghanistan.
  • While if we look at current form, SL have won 3 out of last 5 ODIs while Afghanistan have won 4 out of their last 5 games.
  • Pallekele International cricket Stadium is where this match will take place. Sri Lanka are favourites to win this game at their home, with their spin duo of Hasaranga-Theekshana in lethal form.

Predicted XIs

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ashen Bandara, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashamatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmed


Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, 1st ODI Stat Box

Sri Lanka:

Kusal Mendis in ODIs: 2546 runs, 31.4 avg, 85.1 SR

Pathum Nissanka in ODIs: 454 runs, 26 avg, 79 SR

Wanindu Hasaranga in ODIs: 34 wickets, 5.1 ER

Maheesh Theekshana in ODIs: 10 wickets, 4 ER

Lahiru Kumara in ODIs: 13 wickets, 6.8 ER

Kasun Rajitha in ODIs: 10 wickets 6.5 ER

Afghanistan:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz in ODIs: 12 innings, 456 runs, 41.4 average, 87.8 SR

Rahmat Shah in ODIs: 2952 runs, 37.8 average, 70.2 SR

Rashid Khan in ODIs: 79 innings, 158 wickets, 4.1 ER

Mujeeb ur Rahman in ODIs: 51 innings, 79 wickets, 3.9 ER

Mohammad Nabi with the ball in ODIs: 142 wickets, 4.2 ER

Mohammad Nabi with the bat in ODIs: 2901 runs, 27.4 average, 84.5 SR


Sri Lanka – Fantasy Notes

Wanindu Hasaranga is an obvious and the most common captaincy choice for this game. He runs havoc in helpful conditions, and can hit the ball long as well. No second doubt about your captain!

Kusal Mendis is a good choice in this game as he has been in good form recently and can play the long innings which Sri Lanka will need. He provides wicket-keeper value as well, which is a good bonus.

If Sri Lanka bowls first, pick almost all of their bowling options – Kumara, Rajitha, Hasaranga and Theekshana for sure. We’re expecting Afghanistan to get all-out if they bat first!

Afghanistan – Fantasy Notes

Rashid Khan has the potential to be an absolute beast in these friendly Asian conditions. He can get 2+ wickets very easily here, and provide some batting value as well with Afghanistan’s batting likely to struggle against Sri Lanka.

Mohammad Nabi has been in poor form recently, barely managing double digit scores. But that was in the T20I format. In ODIs he has massive fantasy potential with him bowling 10 overs on a regular basis and batting at 5 or 6 too.

Fareed Malik will be a good differential choice here if Afghanistan bowls first as he has the knack of picking wickets in a bunch. Do try him in your grand league teams!


Pre Toss

WKs: Kusal Mendis and Rahmanullah Gurbaz both are decent options. If you want to go safe, drop Gurbaz. Else, pick both.

Batters: Pathum Nissanka is the default choice in this section. We will pick one out of Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah, the safe option being the former one. Charith Asalanka is a good option in this category.

All-Rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga (C) should be the first name on your team. Dhananjaya de Silva makes a good case, while we will be picking Mohammad Nabi in our team.

Bowlers: Kumara and Rajitha if SL bowls first, and Fazal and Fareed if AFG bowls first. Theekshana and Rashid remain default choices here.

C/VC picks: Hasaranga, Rashid

Return after 15 minutes of toss to check the final team.

Stat credit – ESPNcricinfo

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