Dasun Shanaka’s men suffered a 6-wicket loss to Hashmatullah Shahidi’s Afghanistan in the first ODI at the same venue in Hambantota on Friday (June 2). Charith Asalanka’s 91 helped the hosts set a target of 269. Fazalhaq Farooqui and Fareed Ahmed took two wickets each for Afghanistan.
In response, Ibrahim Zadran (98 off 98 balls) and Rahmat Shah (55 off 80 balls) shared a 146-run stand as the visitors went on to complete the run chase with 19 balls to spare. For Sri Lanka, Kasun Rajitha claimed two wickets and debutant Matheesha Pathirana also took a wicket.
Sri Lanka will prepare for the World Cup qualifiers scheduled for later this month, while Afghanistan will look to get their squad ready for the show-piece event, which is set to take place in India in October-November window.
Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will clash for the second time at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, where the hosts don’t possess a good record, having won and lost 9 matches each so far with one match ending in No Result.
The Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium has hosted 22 ODI matches so far with most recent being on Friday (June 2), when Sri Lanka played hosts to Afghanistan. The venue will also host the third and final ODI on Wednesday (June 7).
Here is a look at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium Stats, Record, Pitch Report and Hambantota Weather Forecast ahead of Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan 2nd ODI:
Hambantota Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium Info, Pitch & Weather Report
Seating Capacity: 35,000
Number of matches hosted: 22 ODIs and 7 T20Is
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium Pitch Report
The wicket used in the first match saw more than 500 runs scored across two innings. While the quick bowlers found early assistance, the wicket got easier to bat as the match progressed in both the innings.
The Afghanistan spinners found more success than the Sri Lankan tweakers in the first ODI. But the experienced duo of Maheesh Theekshana and Wanindu Hasaranga did not feature for the hosts. So the duo will very likely return to the playing 11 and so will Rashid Khan for the visitors.
In the 19 One Day International matches completed at the venue, the team chasing and batting first had almost identical success till the latest result gave the team batting second the edge. The wicket for the second ODI will also be similar.
Hambantota Weather Forecast for Sunday, June 4
As per AccuWeather, there is prediction for showers on the day before the second ODI. However, there is no threat of rain on the match day. So, expect an uninterrupted match as the forecast says Sunday (June 4) will be a mostly cloudy and windy day with max temperature of 33o C.
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium ODI Stats and Record
Sri Lanka Won: 9
Sri Lanka Lost: 9
Visiting Team Won: 9
Afghanistan Won: 1
Afghanistan Lost: 0
Neutral Side Won: 1
No Result: 3
Matches Won Batting 1st: 8
Sri Lanka Won Batting First: 5
Matches Won Batting 2nd: 11
Sri Lanka Won Batting 2nd: 4
Highest Team Total: 368/4 by Sri Lanka vs Pakistan in 2015
Lowest Team Total: 112 All Out by Kenya vs Pakistan in 2011
Highest Run Chase: 312/2 by Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe in 2017
Lowest Total Defended: 286/9 by Sri Lanka vs Australia in 2011
Average 1st Innings Score: 250
Highest Individual Score: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 133 vs India in 2012
Most Runs: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 721 runs in 13 innings
Most Wickets: Thisira Perera (Sri Lanka) – 18 wickets in 12 matches
Best Bowling Innings: Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) – 5 for 16 vs Kenya in 2011
Total Sixes in ODI at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium: 108
Total Fours in ODI at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium: 890
Most Sixes in ODI at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium: Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka) – 8
Most Fours in ODI at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium: Kumar Sangakkara & Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) – 71
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan ODI Head to Head
Sri Lanka Won: 4
Afghanistan Won: 3
No Result: 1
Highest Total For Sri Lanka: 314/6 in 49.4 overs
Highest Total For Afghanistan: 313/8 in 50 overs
Lowest Total For Sri Lanka: 158 All Out in 41.2 overs
Lowest Total For Afghanistan: 152 All Out in 32.4 overs (DLS)
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan ODI Head to Head record in Hambantota
Sri Lanka Won: 0
Afghanistan Won: 1
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan 2nd ODI Date, Timing and Telecast Info
Match Date: Sunday, June 4
Match Start Time: 10 AM IST
Live Streaming: Sony LIV & Fancode App or Website
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