Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi gained the toss and selected to bat first, on what he felt was an honest batting floor in Pallekele. Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka mentioned he would have batted first as properly. The ball’s tendency to zip round beneath lights in Pallekele could have influenced Hashmatullah’s resolution as properly.
Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva each discover locations within the high order.
For Afghanistan, seam-bowling allrounder Gulbadin Naib, legspinning allrounder Rahmat Shah, and fronline seamer Yamin Ahmadzai all come into the XI. The highest order is pretty settled, with Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran opening, with the likes of Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi within the center order, along with captain Hashmatullah.
Afghanistan: 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt.), 4 Najibullah Zadran, 5 Mohammad Nabi, 6 Rahmat Shah, 7 Gulbadin Naib, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Fazalhaq Farooqi, 11 Yamin Ahmadzai
Sri Lanka: 1 Kusal Mendis (wk), 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Dinesh Chandimal, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Dhanajaya Lakshan, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Lahiru Kumara