AFG vs PAK 2nd ODI: Afghanistan and Pakistan are all set to battle in a head-to-head ODI encounter at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium on 24th August at 03:00 PM (IST). Healthy competition is expected between the two amid the prediction of a few showers in the middle of the game. This post will walk you through AFG vs PAK 2nd ODI Weather Forecast, Rain Prediction, and Pitch Report of Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium, Hambantota.
Pakistan (PAK) will be hoping to wrap up the series in the second game on August 24 after completely outplaying Afghanistan (AFG) in the first ODI. The bowlers were outstanding in the previous game, particularly Haris Rauf, who recorded a five-for and led his team to a 142-run victory. Shaheen Shah Afridi, a well-known pacer, also had a significant influence, taking two wickets in an over.
Even before the spinners could have an effect on the game on a slow, sluggish Hambantota pitch, they ripped apart Afghanistan’s batting, blowing fire with speed and putting life to an otherwise lifeless pitch.
Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf, as well as Mohammad Wasim Jr., who was left out of the XI, have all demonstrated their talent before. The stunning nine-wicket haul by Afghanistan’s spin trio and the fact that the home team bowled out Pakistan for the first time in ODIs were overshadowed and rendered worthless in a match where the two teams were separated by 142 runs.
There won’t be many new difficulties for the batsmen from both teams in the second ODI on Thursday. With only two games remaining until the Asia Cup, Pakistan has their starting lineup set. They would be fully aware that, despite the wide margin of victory, their batsmen struggled against Afghanistan’s spinners.
Down below is the AFG vs PAK 2nd ODI Weather Forecast, Rain Prediction, and Pitch Report of Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium, Hambantota:
AFG vs PAK 2nd ODI Weather Forecast
On August 24 (Thursday), the weather is expected to be sunny for the most part of the day with a few showers in the middle of the game, more on the rainy side with strong winds towards the southwest on match time. There are moderate chances of rain in the evening for 20-30 minutes. Temperatures may peek at 31° C during the day and dip to a low of 28° C in the evening. Humidity is expected to hover around 40-50% and winds will be gusting at 30-40kmph speed.
The weather will be clear right from the morning and a few clouds are expected to hover overhead. The chances of rain are 60% around 06:00 PM and below 10% for the rest of the day. There could be a bit of rain around and hopefully, it won’t have a significant impact but might influence the decision at the toss.
AFG vs PAK 2nd ODI Pitch Report
Run-scoring may be exceedingly difficult at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium due to its wide boundary dimensions. Additionally, as the game goes on, the surface becomes a little slow, which makes spinners dominate the game in the middle overs. The fact that nine wickets were lost to spin in the previous game indicates that the surface mostly favors slower bowlers. It will be important to put runs on the board, and anything over 250 should be a manageable total on this track.
For more details head to BCCI’s official website.