After a thumping win on Friday, the visitors would like to seal the series on Sunday at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium. The 21-year-old Ibrahim Zadran starred in the first ODI making 98 off 98 balls it will be interesting to see if he will be able to replicate the same in the second game. Read more to know about SL vs AFG 2nd ODI Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium Hambantota Pitch Report.
Afghanistan invited Sri Lanka to bat first on a tricky wicket where the hosts only managed to score 268 runs. In reply the Afghan boys chased down the score comfortably with 19 balls to spare thanks to Ibrahim and Rahmat Shah’s partnership.
SL vs AFG 2nd ODI Date, Time, Venue, and Weather
Date: 4 June, Sunday
Time: 10:00 AM (IST)
Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium, Hambantota
Weather: It will be a cloudy afternoon at Hambantota on Sunday. However, there are no signs of rain on the matchday regardless of the fact there will be cloud cover for the whole day. Although the wind will blow rapidly as the stadium is located just a few kilometers away from the seashore.
The temperature will be near 32 degrees to 28 degrees Celsius with a wind speed of 32kmph.
Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium Pitch Report
It is a flat wicket that offers equal assistance to batters and bowlers regardless of the innings. A well-set batsman is always a deciding factor on this pitch as it becomes easier to score runs for the batsman who has spent some time on this wicket.
In the initial phase, there will be a hint of movement available with the new ball but as the game progresses pacers will have minimum purchase from this pitch. On the other hand, spinners will enjoy bowling on this wicket as the nature of the wicket makes it tough for the batters to survive on this sluggish pitch.
Looking at the quality spin bowling both teams have it expected to be a low-scoring thriller on Sunday.
The toss winner would like to bowl first on this wicket as it becomes a lot easier to bat on this surface as the game goes by.
ODI Records at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium Hambantota
Total matches: 23
Matches won batting first: 9
Matches won bowling first: 11
Average 1st Inns scores: 251
Average 2nd Inns scores: 197
Highest total recorded: 368/4 (50 Ov) by SL vs PAK
Lowest total recorded: 112/10 (33.1 Ov) by KEN vs PAK
Highest score chased: 312/2 (47.2 Ov) by SL vs ZIM