Hambantota is all set to host the SL vs AFG third ODI on June 7, Wednesday. Afghanistan won the first ODI and Sri Lanka won the second. The series is beautifully poised for a decider now in the final ODI.
Afghanistan won the first ODI by 6 wickets. Sri Lanka made a strong comeback in the second ODI scoring 232 runs with the bat first and bowling out the opposition for just 191. Their thumping win in the second ODI gives them the edge in the series decider.
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Afghanistan has some bad news ahead of the decider. Their strike bowler and T20 captain Rashid Khan is doubtful for the third ODI. He did not play the first two games due to a lower-back injury. Without him, Afghanistan’s bowling attack is only half potential to challenge the Sri Lankans.
Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are playing against each other twice in the space of six months. The two sides previously met in an ODI series in November 2022. The series ended 1-1. Both sides also met in the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup last year. Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka in the league stage while the Lankans won against them in the Super 4 stage. Sri Lanka also won against Afghanistan by six wickets in the T20 World Cup.
Speaking about Afghanistan, Hasmatullah Shahidi is set to lead the Afghans in this ODI series after Mohammad Nabi stepped down as the white-ball skipper after the T20 World Cup. Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad and Rahmanullah Gurbaz who played in the IPL are back in national colors. Dasun Shanaka will lead the Sri Lankan team in the ODI series. The Asia Cup win last year remains his biggest achievement as Sri Lankan captain.
SL vs AFG Weather Report Live Today And Pitch Report Of Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota, 3rd ODI – Afghanistan Tour Of Sri Lanka 2023
The SL vs AFG third ODI starts from 10 am IST. The temperature in the morning will be about 33 degrees in the morning. Scattered thunderstorms are expected and the weather will get windy as the day progresses. Rain might play spoilsport in the decider.
The average first innings score at the venue is around 250. However, given how Sri Lanka batted in the second ODI they would like to score 300-plus and put Afghanistan under pressure. They would ideally want to replicate their second ODI performance in the decider.