Afghanistan win toss, bat against Sri Lanka in 2nd ODI
KANDY, Sri Lanka, Nov 27, 2022 (BSS /AFP) - Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka as they looked to clinch the series in the second one-day international on Sunday.
The tourists, who won the opener in the three-match series, came in unchanged in Pallekele, where rain was expected in the evening.
Sri Lanka's hopes of direct qualification into next year's 50-overs World Cup were dented after their opening loss, with crucial Super League points on offer in the series.
Hosts India and the seven highest-ranked other teams earn direct entry to the 2023 tournament.
Sri Lanka, led by Dasun Shanaka, remain unchanged from their 60-run thrashing on Friday at the same venue.
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (capt), Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Yamin Ahmadzai, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Umpires: Nitin Menon (IND), Raveendra Wimalasiri (SRI)
TV umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)