Following a narrow one-wicket win against Afghanistan (AFG) in the second ODI, Babar Azam-led Pakistan (PAK) have gained an unassailable lead (2-0) in the three-match ODI series. The two sides will square off one final time, at the R Premadasa Stadium, in Colombo, for the third and final ODI match on Saturday, August 26.
Afghanistan will look to put up a tough fight as they did in the previous contest and conclude the series on a high note. Following the conclusion of the ODI series, both sides will turn their attention towards the crucial Asia Cup 2023 which is slated to commence on August 30.
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AFG vs PAK Match Details:
Match: Afghanistan vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI Match
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date & Time: Saturday, August 26, 03:00 PM IST
Live Streaming Details: Eurosport and FanCode
Check: Live Cricket Score of Afghanistan vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI Match
AFG vs PAK Pitch Report:
The surface at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is good for batting. However, pacers will get some help initially, whereas the spinners will come into play towards the latter stage of the game. On this surface, batters will be rewarded for their shots and a moderately competitive match can be expected. Batting will be relatively easy in the second innings. Therefore, either skipper winning the toss will fancy chasing at this venue.
AFG vs PAK Head-to-Head:
AFG vs PAK Probable Playing XI
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Ikram Alikhil, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Shahidullah Kamal
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
Probable Best Performers:
Probable Best Batter-
Babar Azam (Pakistan):
The Pakistan skipper notched up his half-century in the previous outing as he scored 53 off 66 balls, which included six boundaries. Babar will look to keep his momentum intact and score yet another invaluable knock in the upcoming match against Afghanistan.
Probable Best Bowler-
Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan):
The pace merchant has been in fine form as displayed in the second ODI, wherein he racked up two scalps. In addition to this, he gave just 58 runs in his quota of 10 overs, with an average economy of 5.80. A similar performance is what Shaheen will be hoping to replicate in the third ODI as well.
Today’s Match Prediction: Pakistan to win the match
Check: AFG vs PAK Dream11 Prediction