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Afghanistan’s hopes in the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka hang in the balance after a gut-wrenching four-run loss in the opening encounter. As they gear up to face the Lankan Lions once again on Monday, February 19, at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla, both teams are poised for a fierce showdown.

In the aftermath of the heartbreak, Afghanistan skipper Ibrahim Zadran finds solace in the performance of his bowling unit. Opting to field first after winning the toss, Afghanistan’s bowlers put up an impressive display, restricting Sri Lanka to a modest 160 runs in 19 overs. Except Qais Ahmed, who conceded 36 runs in three overs, the rest of the Afghan bowlers delivered commendably. However, Wanindu Hasaranga’s scintillating knock of 67 runs off 32 balls propelled Sri Lanka to a competitive total.

Match Details

Particulars Details
– Afghanistan Tour of Sri Lanka 2024, 2nd T20I
Venue – Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
Date & Time – Monday, February 19, 7:00 PM (IST)

Despite the spirited efforts, Afghanistan’s chase faltered as wickets tumbled at crucial junctures. Ibrahim, holding the fort, remained unbeaten on 67 off 55 deliveries. However, his valiant effort wasn’t enough to secure victory as Afghanistan fell short by a mere four runs, ending at 156/9. Matheesha Pathirana’s exceptional penultimate over, where he conceded just three runs and claimed two crucial wickets, tilted the scales in Sri Lanka’s favor, clinching victory for the home side.

As both teams prepare to take the field once more, the pitch report suggests a similar surface to the previous encounter. Initially conducive to batting, the pitch is expected to offer increasing challenges to scoring as the ball ages. Captains winning the toss are likely to opt to bowl first, aiming to restrict the opposition to a score below 165. With clear skies forecasted for Monday, anticipation among fans is palpable for another thrilling contest.

The probable playing XIs for both teams showcase a blend of talent and experience. For Sri Lanka, the likes of Pathum Nissanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Matheesha Pathirana will be crucial, while Afghanistan pins its hopes on players such as Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Nabi, and Ibrahim Zadran to turn the tide in their favor.

In the spotlight as the probable best batter of the match is Rahmanullah Gurbaz, known for his explosive starts and ability to dismantle opposition bowlers early in the innings. His performance will be vital in setting the tone for Afghanistan’s chase. Meanwhile, Matheesha Pathirana emerges as the probable best bowler of the match, given his stellar display in the previous encounter, where he claimed four wickets for just 24 runs, derailing Afghanistan’s chase in the crucial overs.

As the stage is set for another enthralling encounter, cricket enthusiasts brace themselves for a spectacle of skill, determination, and nerve. With the series hanging in the balance, both Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are geared up to leave no stone unturned in their quest for victory, promising fans another gripping installment in the T20I series.

Sri Lanka win the toss and bowl

Power Play score – 45-55

First Innings score- 160-170

Sri Lanka win the match

Scenario 2

Afghanistan win the toss and bowl

Power Play score – 40-50

First Innings score – 165-175

Afghanistan win the match

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Disclaimer: The prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.

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