Venue Details & Pitch Report - Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Average First Innings Score at Pune in ODIs: 307

Batting First vs Batting Second in ODIs at Pune: Win Bat 1st - 57%, Win Bat 2nd - 43% 

AFG-SL Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs at Pune: None

AFG-SL Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs at Pune: None

Ground Dimensions: The venue has straight boundaries (74m) and square boundaries (65m).

Pitch Report: It is considered a paradise for batters with an average score over 300. The surface offers good assistance for pace and bounce, but spinners can also get some grip off the wicket later on in the innings. However, pacers and batters are still expected to have a bigger role.

Predicted Playing XI - Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Match 30, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Mohammad Nabi, Ikram AlikhilNajibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq

        Bench: Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ahmad, Riaz Hassan, Abdul Rahman

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (C & WK), Sadeera Samarawickrama (WK), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmanta Chameera, Dilshan Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana

        Bench: Dushan Hemantha, Dunith Wellalage, Dimuth Karunaratne, Chamika Karunaratne

Fantasy Notes (AFGHANISTAN) - Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Match 30, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction


Relevant Numbers of Afghanistan players in ODIs against Sri Lanka:

Rahmat Shah934939/784/0N/AN/AN/A
Mohammad Nabi1125626/1091/0101130/4.5
Hashmatullah Shahidi923326/772/0N/AN/AN/A
Najbullah Zadran1124324/901/0N/AN/AN/A
Rashid Khan76411/1120/061118.5/4.3
Ikram Alikhil       
Rahmanullah Gurbaz715422/802/0N/AN/AN/A
Azmatullah Omarzai    21 
Ibrahim Zadran745965/952/2N/AN/AN/A
Mujeeb Ur Rahman    9564/5.3
Noor Ahmad    3278/7.4
Riaz Hassan       
Abdul Rahman       
Fazalhaq Farooqi    7652/6.6

Points to Consider

  • Ibrahim Zadran scored 4 fifty-plus scores in 7 ODI matches against Sri Lanka. He is one of Afghanistan's most reliable batters because of his conservative approach. He will have to be cautious in the powerplay when there might be some assistance for the pacers and particualrly when he faces left arm pacer, Dilshan Madushanka.
  • In the warm up matches ahead of the World Cup, Rahmat Shah scored 93 before being retired out. At a venue like Pune, which is expected to batter friendly, you can consider picking him as a differential in your team. He has scored four half centuries in 9 ODIs against Sri Lanka.
  • While this is expected to be a high scoring wicket, you can consider choosing Rashid Khan as your C/VC especially in the second innings. This will particularly be effective if Afghanistan were to post a big total on board which would put the chasing Sri Lankan batters under scoreboard pressure.
  • During the warm up match at Guwahati between the two sides, Kusal Mendis scored 158* and Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 118*. They are top choices for C/VC at Pune due to the expected batting friendly surface.

Fantasy Notes (SRI LANKA) - Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Match 30, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction


Relevant Numbers of Sri Lanka players in ODIs against Afghanistan:

Pathum Nissanka729649/882/0N/AN/AN/A
Kusal Mendis926433/973/0N/AN/AN/A
Charith Asalanka522656/942/0N/AN/AN/A
Dimuth Karunaratne619739/872/0N/AN/AN/A
Sadeera Samarawickrama247(44,3)    
Dhananjaya de Silva713823/811/08731/4.4
Chamika Karunaratne       
Dunith Wellalage2640 outs0/022(2,0)
Maheesh Theekshana    6645/5.6
Kasun Rajitha    61323/5.6
Lahiru Kumara    4626/6.5
Angelo Mathews512331/670/013 
Dilshan Madushanka       
Dushan Hemantha    10 
Kusal Perera312843/871/0N/AN/AN/A
Dushmanta Chameera    3718/4.7

Points to Consider

  • Sri Lanka pacer Lahiru Kumara has been ruled out of the World Cup and has been replaced by Dushmanta Chameera in the squad, who is likely to make a direct entry into the XI.
  • Afghanistan has the worst average against left-arm orthodox spin among the World Cup teams in ODIs since 2022. If Dunith Wellalage plays, he can be a good differential pick. However, he has been excluded from the XIs in the last two matches and Sri Lanka might not want to change their winning combination of three pacers, especially on a more seamer friendly pitch.
  • Pathum Nissanka is the highest scorer for Sri Lanka in ODIs against Afghanistan. If he amanges to survives the initial threat against seamers, he has the ability to accumulate a big score. Try him as a differential C/VC in your teams.
  • Charith Asalanka is selected in just 21.4% of the teams. Back him as a differential pick in your fantasy teams particualrly if Sri Lanka bats first. In the case of a chase, there is a risk of the top 4 scoring majority of the runs on a batting friednly ground.

Fantasy XI - Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Match 30, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

WK: Kusal Mendis, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Sadeera Samarawickrama

BAT: Pathum Nissanka, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah

AR: Azmatullah Omarzai, Angelo Mathews

BOWL: Rashid Khan, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka

C/VC: Kusal Menids, Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Differentials: Charith Asalanka (21.4%), Rahmat Shah (27%), Mohammad Nabi (44%)

C/VC Alternatives: Pathum Nissanka, Ibrahim Zadran, Rashid Khan

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