Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Live Predictions
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Live Predictions: The 12th Edition of ICC Cricket World Cup that began on 30th May have already reflected the true sense of competition. The champions have been defeated and the underdogs have triumped. On Monday, 3rd June 2019, the World No. 1, English team were defeated by non-favourites Pakistan. On the other hand, South Africa, who were considered to be one of the favorites lost both of their opening matches. First the English and then the Bangladesh team inflicted a crushing defeat on the Proteas. Today two asian cricketing teams, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will battle against each other to remain afloat in the competition.
Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will look to bounce back from the defeats when they meet today in Cardiff. In their opening match, Sri Lanka was decimated by the Black Caps while Afghanistan lost their opening match to Australia. Sri Lanka was bundled up to mere 136 runs and were defeated by 10 wickets. Afghanistan on other hand lost to the five times World Champion Australia by 7 wickets.
Team Sri Lanka
Dimuth Karunaratne-led Sri Lanka had the worst possible start in the 2019 World Cup as the batting order completely collapsed against New Zealand. The team would be looking to make some changes in the squad. After the complete collaspe of the batting order against New Zealand, the team would be looking to add more batsman. On the other hand, Captain Karunaratne would be expecting the bowlers led by experienced Lasith Malinga to provide the early break through. The 15 member World Cup squad of Sri Lanka includes the talents of Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Janith Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya De Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis and Milinda Siriwardana.
Lead by Captain Gulbadin Naib, Afghan team for World Cup 2019 are Rashid Khan (vice captain), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, and Mujeeb ur Rahman. Afghanistan started their World Cup 2019 campaign with mighty Australia. Though lost, the team proved that they were in the tournaments as one of the contenders.
Afghanistan- Sri Lanka : A Comparison
Only few years ago, this match would have been a cakewalk for Sri Lanka. But at present, the Afghan team have placed themselves as the most spirited squad of the World Cup 2019. They start today as a favourite for the match. Sri Lanka know that it will nowhere be easy to beat Afghanistan.
Afghanistan Cricket Team’s true strength is bowling. The team has world class all-rounders like Rashid Khan, Muhammad Nabi and Muji ur Rahman. It must be noted that, Rashid Khan is world number one all-rounder. Their spin bowling attack is right up there with the very best in the tournament led by the superstar Rashid Khan himself.
Sri Lanka had been struggling with their form in last few years. Therefore, in this World Cup there has been very less expectation from team. This lack of expectation could be a blessing for the team. The return of all-rounder Angela Mathews to fitness is genuine boost for the team.
Afghanistan has been struggling with their batting. Even in the match against Australia, the team crumbled to pressure despite putting up a strong start. The young Afghan team also lacks good pacers. The pacers have been forever expensive and none have had a good experience to rub their shoulders with international players.
The last four years have not been kind to Sri Lankan cricket. The team have won only 24 of 86 ODIs since World Cup 2015. The bruised Lankan side have faced successive defeats at the hands of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Sri Lanka have an aging squad, with nine men over the age of 30, and just two men younger than 27. Team is totally clue-less and doesn’t have any idea about what changes should it make to make sure this team clicks in this world Cup.
Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, both lost their opening matches. Sri Lanka team crumbled before the Kiwis and registered a horrendous defeat. Afghanistan, on the other hand gave a spirited performance against Australia despite posting a small total of 207 runs. It must be noted, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka had last met in 2018 Asia Cup. Afghan team defeated the Lankan’s by 91 runs. If the performances of both the teams are to be compared, then Afghanistan seems to have an upper hand against Sri Lanka.
There’s not much good news for the players as there are chances of rain. With the day likely to be a cloudy one, pacers will be able to generate good movement in a clash that will see both sides looking to register their first win to restore confidence. Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka match will definitely be one of the most awaited match of the World Cup 2019.
The Sri Lankan team seems to be the weakest team in the following World Cup tournament. Victory against Afghanistan will help boost their morale. Afghanistan on the other hand will look forward to make their mark the tournament. The team for whom playing World Cup was once a dream will look to register a win against the Lankan side. If the Weather God favours the match to progress, we may get to experience the two teams going for kill against each other.
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Title: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Live Predictions