Sri Lanka will aim for a clean sweep against Afghanistan in the SL vs AFG 3rd ODI, which takes place on Wednesday, February 14. The venue of the SL vs AFG 3rd ODI encounter is Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele. Kusal Mendis leads Sri Lanka in the SL vs AFG ODI series.

The hosts won the 1st ODI by 42 runs and the 2nd ODI by 155 runs. The home team has dominated visitors in both batting and bowling departments across two games. After winning the series, Sri Lanka might rest some players in their playing 11 in the 3rd ODI. Below we discuss Sri Lanka’s predicted playing 11 vs Afghanistan for 3rd ODI.

Sri Lanka Playing 11 vs Afghanistan, 3rd ODI, 2024

Pathum Nissanka

Pathum Nissanka,
Pathum Nissanka (Image Credits: Twitter)

Pathum Nissanka will be the opener for Sri Lanka in the 3rd ODI too. The right-handed batsman shattered a spectacular double ton in the opening game. However, he got out cheaply for 18 runs in the 2nd game. He will aim for another marvelous knock in the last ODI clash.

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Shevon Daniel

Shevon Daniel
Shevon Daniel (Image Credit: Twitter)

As Sri Lanka has won the series, Shevon Daniel might get a chance to play as an opener in the next encounter. Avishka Fernando might be rested in the next game. Fernando impressed with his 88 runs in the previous match. Shevon Daniel has only played 1 ODI match so far in which he scored 12 runs.

Kusal Mendis (C & WK)

Kusal Mendis, Sri Lanka
Kusal Mendis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kusal Mendis is the captain of Sri Lanka in the SL vs AFG ODI series and will lead the team in the 3rd ODI clash. He will also keep the stumps for the team. Mendis got out cheaply for 16 runs in the first match but slammed a superb half-century in the next match.

Sadeera Samarawickrama

Sadeera Samarawickrama, Sri Lanka
Sadeera Samarawickrama (Image Credits: Twitter)

Sadeera Samarawickrama will bat in the middle-order for Sri Lanka in the final encounter as well. He mustered 52 runs in the previous game. In the opening game too, he scored a decent knock of 45 runs. He will aim for another brilliant knock in the next match.

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Charith Asalanka

Charith Asalanka
Charith Asalanka (Image Credit: Twitter)

After his super knock of unbeaten 97 runs in the previous game, Charith Asalanka will get another opportunity in the next match. Asalanka also scored an unbeaten 7 runs in the 1st ODI. With his good batting form, he will aim to finish the series on a high note.

Janith Liyanage

Janith Liyanage
Janith Liyanage (Photo: Getty Images)

Janith Liyanage slammed a half-century in the last match. He did not get an opportunity to bat in the opening game. Liyanage will look to score another superb knock with the bat in the last clash against Afghanistan.

Wanindu Hasaranga

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga (Image: Twitter)

Wanindu Hasaranga will be a spinner for Sri Lanka in the final encounter. The right-arm spinner went wicketless in the 1st ODI. However, he bounced back in the 2nd ODI, hunting down 4 wickets. Hasaranga will aim for another beautiful spell in the final clash.

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Dunith Wellalage

Dunith Wellalage
Dunith Wellalage (Credits: Twitter)

Spinner Dunith Wellalage might replace Maheesh Theekshana in the SL vs AFG 3rd ODI. Theekshana went wicketless in both games. Hence, Wellalage might get an opportunity to showcase his talent with the spin. He has played 18 ODIs in the past in which he accounts for 21 wickets and 207 runs.

Dilshan Madushanka

Dilshan Madushanka
Dilshan Madushanka (Image Credit: Twitter)

Dilshan Madushanka will be one of the pacers for the team in the playing 11 in the 3rd ODI. The left-arm pacer went wicketless in the first game but made a comeback with 2 wickets in the next match. He owns an economy rate of 5.81.

Asitha Fernando

Asitha Fernando
Asitha Fernando (Image Credit: Twitter)

Asitha Fernando will get another opportunity to play for Sri Lanka in the next match. He hunted 2 wickets in the last match. With the ouster of Dushmantha Chameera, the hosts would not risk benching Fernando in the next game.

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Pramod Madushan

Pramod Madushan
Pramod Madushan (Credits: Twitter)

Pramod Madushan will lead the pace attack for Sri Lanka in the final ODI encounter against Afghanistan. The right-arm pacer is the leading wicket-taker for the team with 5 wickets. He picked up 1 wicket in the last match and 4 wickets in the opening match. Madushan will look for another wonderful spell in the series.

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