We have opted for a fantasy cricket team on basis of probable XIs, recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Matheesha Pathirana, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha
Rashid Khan will not be available for this game.
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Fareed Malik, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqui
(Based on the last three games in Hambantota)
1st innings avg. score: 283/7
2nd innings avg. score: 275/8
Batting 1st: 33%
Batting 2nd: 67%
Spinners picked 51% of the wickets, with 17 of 45 wickets falling between overs 35 and 50. Meanwhile, three centuries and six fifties were registered – of which two hundreds and three half-centuries belonged to the openers.
Fantasy Tips of The Day
In his eight-match career, Ibrahim Zadran has already blasted three hundreds, including two versus Sri Lanka in their own backyard.
Rahmat Shah’s ability to put a price on his wicket augurs well for fantasy players. He has added 206 runs at 41 including three fifties.
Since 2022, Pathum Nissanka has hammered a century and six fifties in 14 ODIs – of which a ton and four half-centuries came at home.
Kasun Rajitha (nine wickets) and Lahiru Kumara (10 wickets) featured in the Best11 in their last five ODIs.
All of Wanindu Hasaranga’s wickets (five) against Afghanistan have come at home. At the venue, he has scalped eight wickets in four outings.
Kusal Mendis will cherish his return to Hambantota, where he averages 49 including the highest score of 119.
Matheesha Pathirana’s abilities to bowl full length and slower balls at the death make him a healthy proposition in fantasy leagues.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz registered two consecutive fifties when the sides met last year.