In the first ODI between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, Sri Lanka has won the toss and elected to bat first. The match is taking place in Pallekele on a bright and sunny day. The Afghanistan captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi, chose to field, citing the four seamers in their side and the possibility of dew later in the day.
Sri Lankan captain, Kusal Mendis, expressed his satisfaction with batting first as the pitch appeared to be favorable for the batters. Sri Lanka’s team consists of five frontline bowlers, three seam and two spin, and six batsmen. The all-round capabilities of Wanindu Hasaranga adds balance at number seven.
The weather in Pallekele is hot and humid with a gentle breeze. No rain is expected during the match. The pitch is hard and offers good bounce, allowing the ball to come onto the bat nicely. Both teams have strong playing XIs, with Afghanistan also including two frontline spinners along with their four seam bowlers.
The Sri Lankan team includes players such as Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Janith Liyanage, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Dushmantha Chameera, Pramod Madushan, and Dilshan Madushanka. On the other hand, Afghanistan has Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Fareed Ahmad in their lineup.
The match is expected to be an exciting contest between two quality teams, and cricket fans around the world are eagerly watching the game to see which team comes out on top.
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