World Cup / Match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan today, both teams face each other for the first time in England.
Lanka defeats New Zealand and Afghanistan in the first match against Australia.
Sports desk The 7th World Cup match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will be played on Cardiff’s Sofia Gardens on Tuesday. Both teams will face face-to-face on the England ground for the first time. Both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will be the second match in this tournament. Sri Lanka got defeated by 10 wickets in the first match. Afghanistan was defeated by Australia by 7 wickets. In this case, both teams would like to win their first match in the tournament.
Talking about the England Grounds, Sri Lanka has played 56 matches here so far. Of these, they won 21, while they had lost in 33 Matches result where not out in a match and a match got tied. At the same time, Afghanistan played only one match here in this ground, and it was defeated by Australia (in this same World Cup).
Srilankan Team is not united, and the team faces regular batting flops: In the last two years, 9 captains of all three formats have been changed. The dis-similarities between Angelo Mathews and chief coach Chandika Hathurasingha are known to the public. Since last World Cup, the team played 84 ODIs. In 55 of these, they had to face defeat. At the same time, batting also flops in the last match against New Zealand. The team was reduced to just 136 runs. Five of his early 7 batsmen could not score even a single digit.
Strength of Afghanistan
Mohammad Shahzad: Opener Mohammad Shahzad, who was out for nun in the first match against Australia, and one of the strongest batsmen in the entire batting unit of Afghanistan. He played around 14 matches in the last one year. During this period, he scored 481 runs at an average of 34.35. He has two centuries in 14 matches. The team management against Sri Lanka would be hoping for a big inning from them.
Rashid Khan: who is considered to be the world’s best leg spinner at the present time, is the most important member of the Afghanistan team he is also capable of batting alongside bowling. He scored 27 runs in 11 balls in the last match against Australia. Took a wicket too. Everybody’s eye against Sri Lanka will be on Rashid’s performance.
Afghanistan’s weakness is they are not able to convert the good start into a big score: Many team members got a good start in the last match. Rahmat Shah 43, Hajratullah Jajai 18, Guldin Naib 31 and Najibullah Jadran got out on 51. To defeat a big team like Sri Lanka, the team’s batsmen have to play big innings.
Both the team members list
Sri Lanka: Dimmooth Karunaratne (Captain), Kaushal Mendis, Dhananjay D’Silva, Nayan Pradip, Aishwarya Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kushal Perera, Thesara Pereira, Milinda Shrivardhana, Lahiri Thirimane, Isuru Udana, Geoffrey Wandersay.
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (Captain), Aftab Alam, Asghar Afgan, Daulat Jadran, Hamid Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Jajai, Mohammed Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Mujib ur Rehman, Najibullah Jaderan, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Sinvery.