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Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 30th Match Preview


ICC World Cup  •  30 Oct, 2023  •  4,298 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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The stage is set, and the anticipation is palpable as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 brings to the fore an exhilarating encounter between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Situated at the crossroads of their World Cup journey, both teams are on the hunt for a coveted semi-final berth. Pune will be buzzing with excitement as fans from both nations converge on the MCA Stadium, eagerly awaiting a showdown. With the two teams demonstrating formidable recent form, the stakes couldn't be higher. Buckle up, cricket aficionados; an epic battle is on the horizon!

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Venue Insights

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The MCA Stadium in Pune is notable for its blend of batting and bowling-friendly conditions. Historically, the stadium has facilitated high scores while also offering aid to spinners, as evidenced by its hosting of eight ODIs. Its open layout allows the ball to move swiftly, favouring batsmen. However, the prevailing breezes during evening matches give fast bowlers an edge. Dew in the latter half can further influence match strategies. Owing to these unique conditions, captains typically prefer batting first. The venue's balanced pitch has ensured thrilling encounters, making it a favourite amongst cricket enthusiasts.

Form Guide - Afghanistan

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Afghanistan's journey in the tournament mirrors a thrilling screenplay with its highs and lows. Their losses against cricketing giants like India and New Zealand were anticipated by pundits. But the shock came with the unexpected defeat at the hands of Bangladesh, a game that threw many predictions off track. On the flip side, victories against England and Pakistan, two of the most esteemed teams in cricket, have been the silver lining. These wins are not just statistics; they've showcased Afghanistan's evolution from underdogs to formidable opponents. The team's inconsistency, reflected in their recent record of WLWLL, also adds to their unpredictability and danger.

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Form Guide - Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka's trajectory in the tournament has been a mix of determination and missed opportunities. Consecutive losses against heavyweights like South Africa, Pakistan, and Australia were a blow to their confidence. Yet, the Lions showcased their resilience with back-to-back wins against the Netherlands and the formidable English side. The latter was more than a win; it was a statement to their critics. Their recent encounters with Afghanistan, registering a positive head-to-head ratio, will be a morale boost. Their form of WWLLL, though not ideal, indicates that they have the momentum, which could be vital in crunch games.

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