Afghanistan VS Sri Lanka 2019 WORLD CUP MATCH: PLAYING XI, PITCH REPORT & PLAYERS UPDATE

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After starting off with a heavy loss in their respective opening matches, both Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will look to secure their first points in the tournament when they face each other on June 4. Sri Lanka have won only two of their last sixteen completed ODIs and will be down on confidence after their 10-wicket thrashing by New Zealand.

Afghanistan handed a 91-run defeat to Sri Lanka when these two teams last faced-off against each other in the game’s 50-over format. Even though they got hammered by Australia in their World Cup opening game, Afghanistan may still go into this game with an unchanged line-up.

Sri Lanka have no injury issues to deal with ahead of their clash against Afghanistan, and despite being thumped by New Zealand in their opening game, they are not expected to make any changes to their line-up. Sri Lanka have now played ten one-day internationals this year and have been able to win just one of those. After a disappointing Asia Cup last year, the Lankans faced a 1-3 loss to England at home before being swept 0-3 and 0-5 by New Zealand and South Africa respectively. They opened their World Cup campaign last Saturday with a humiliating 10-wicket defeat against New Zealand at this very ground.

Pitch report & Weather forecast

Weather Report : Today’s weather is turning out to be light rain shower. The daytime temperature is going to reach 16 °c and the temperature is going to dip to 10 °c at night. We expect around 2.3 mm of precipitation to fall and cloud covering 70% of the sky, the humidity will be around 86%.

 Pitch Report:  Conditions at Cardiff are likely to be overcast and the Sri Lankan seamers could make early inroads into the Afghan batting line-up. Five of the last seven one-day internationals (including Saturday’s World Cup encounter between New Zealand and Sri Lanka) played at the Sophia Gardens have been won by the side batting second. Toss, therefore, will be key here and the team that wins it in this match is likely to bowl first.

Average first innings score: 

If Afghanistan bats then it will be 260-290

If Sri Lanka bats then it will be 250-270

Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 0

Afghanistan 2019 World Cup Squad

Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan and Mujeeb ur Rahman.

Sri Lanka 2019 World Cup Squad

Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis (wk), Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal

Best World Cup 2019 Fantasy Team for League11

Suggested Playing X1 No. 1 for League11

keeper – M SHAHZAD

Batsman – N ZADRAN, HDRL THRIMANN, DIMUTH KARUNATNE, R SHAH

Allrounder – M NABI, THISARA PERERA

Bowler – HAMD HASAM, RASHID KHAN, SURANGA LAKMAL, ISURU UDANA

Suggested Playing X1 No. 1 for League11

keeper – M SHAHZAD

Batsman – N ZADRAN, HDRL THRIMANN, DIMUTH KARUNATNE, R SHAH , ANGELO MATHEWS

Allrounder – M NABI

Bowler – ISURU UDANA, L MALINGA, AFTAB ALAM, HAMID HASAN

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Afghanistan VS Sri Lanka 2019 World Cup Match Details

7th match, ICC Cricket World Cup at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

4 June 2019, 3:00 PM IST

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The prediction is for Afghanistan to win the match.

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