Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions: ICC Cricket World Cup, 2023 - Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka- 30th Match - 30 Oct
The 30th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup will take place between Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka on the 30th of October, 2023 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
Afghanistan Form Guide:
Afghanistan are currently placed at the 7th position on the points table with 2 wins to their credit.
The top run scorer for Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup is Rahmanullah Gurbaz with 224 runs to his name.
The top wicket taker for Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup is Rashid Khan with 6 scalps under his belt.
Afghanistan have trumped Pakistan in their previous match by 8 wickets.
Pakistan batted first and they posted a total of 282 for 7 in 50 overs. Abdullah Shafique and Imam ul Haq gave their team a healthy start. Imam ul Haq was dismissed after scoring 17 but Shafique continued on and scored 58 runs in 75 balls. The debutant Noor Ahmad dismissed him with a brilliant ball. The pitch became trickier to bat on in the middle overs. Babar Azam batted slowly and couldn't induce any momentum into the innings. Iftikhar Ahmed played a nice cameo of 40 runs in the death overs to take Pakistan to 282 in 50 overs of play.
During the chase, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran batted very professionally. They scored boundaries on every lose ball on offer. Gurbaz was dismissed at 65 by Shaheen Afridi. Ibrahim Zadran continued and scored 87 runs in 113 balls. Rahmat Shah and skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi won it for Afghanistan in the 49th over with 8 wickets in hand.
Sri Lanka Form Guide:
Sri Lanka are currently placed at the 5th position on points table with 2 wins to their credit.
The top run scorer for Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup is Sadeera Samarawickrama with 295 runs to his name.
The top wicket taker for Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup is Dilshan Madushanka with 11 scalps under his belt.
Sri Lanka have won their previous match against England in an emphatic fashion by 8 wickets.
England batted first and they could post a modest total of 156 before being bowled out. Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan started off well and scored 30 and 28 runs respectively. Once the first wicket partnership was broken, England found themselves in tatters. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and the experienced English players failed to provide any stability into the innings. They were eventually bowled out for 156.
During the chase, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera quite early. After his dismissal, Pathum Nissanka and Sadeera Samarawickrama took the responsibility of taking their team over the line. They scored 77 and 65 runs respectively and took Sri Lanka home with 8 wickets in hand.
Let’s have a look at the squads:
Afghanistan squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen ul Haq.
Sri Lanka Squad: Kusal Mendis (c), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Kumara, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Angelo Mathews, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Sri Lanka
Who will win?- Afghanistan
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Sadeera Samarawickrama (Sri Lanka), Ibrahim Zadran (Afghanistan)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Maheesh Theekshana (Sri Lanka), Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan)
Most Sixes – Sadeera Samarawickrama (Sri Lanka), Ibrahim Zadran (Afghanistan)
Player of the Match- Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan)
Team Scores Batting first – Afghanistan 275+, Sri Lanka 260+
Match Handicap: Afghanistan
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In-Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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