The Sri Lankan cricket team and the Afghanistan cricket team will be up against each other in Match 30 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on Monday, October 30 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Both the teams have pulled off some brilliant wins in the tournament so far.
Sri Lanka recently defeated England by eight wickets in Bengaluru. After three losses at the start, they have made a good comeback winning two consecutive matches. Currently, they are fifth on the table with four points and an NRR of -0.205. On the other hand, Afghanistan is seventh with four points but an NRR of -0.969. Their two wins have come against England and Pakistan. It will be an exciting between the two Asian teams.
In this article, we take a look at the key player battles for the Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka match in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for AFG vs SL
Angelo Matthews vs Mohammad Nabi
Angelo Matthews made an immediate impact coming in as Matheesha Pathirana’s replacement in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He took two wickets against England. The all-rounder will be keen to also contribute with the bat in the upcoming match. However, he has to be wary of veteran Afghanistan spinner Mohammad Nabi, who has dismissed him twice in four ODI matches. Matthews has only scored 23 runs against him at a strike rate of 59.
Hashmatullah Shahidi vs Dhananjaya de Silva
Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi has had a decent tournament so far. He has scored 168 runs in five matches, at an average of 42.00 including a fifty. In the upcoming match, he will be facing Dhananjaya de Silva, who has had a good record against him. In six matches, Dhananjaya has dismissed him twice, conceding 50 runs at a strike rate of 63.3.
Sadeera Samawickrama vs Naveen-ul-Haq
Sadeera Samawickrama is Sri Lanka’s leading run-scorer in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He has been one of the most consistent players in the tournament. In five matches, Sadeeera Samawickrama has scored 295 runs at an average of 98.33, including two fifties and a century. The contest between him and Naveen-ul-Haq will be an interesting one to watch. Naveen-ul-Haq played a key role in Afghanistan’s win against Pakistan in the last game.