In the seventh game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will lock horns at the Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground in Cardiff on Tuesday. Both the team will be looking to register their first win of the tourno after losing one match each. On one hand, Sri Lanka faced embarrassment when they lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets. From Sri Lankan side, only the skipper Dimuth Karunaratne could manage to put decent score on the board by hitting half century. On the other hand, Afghanistan lost their opening match to the defending champions. The match was held on June 1 at the County Ground in Bristol. Gulbadin Naib-led Afghanistan managed to put just 207 runs on the board which Aaron Finch and Co chased down easily with David Warner scoring half-century in his returning game in the Yellow jersey. (LIVE SCORECARD)
23:38 hrs IST: Malinga with his perfect yorker scalps one more wicket and first victory to the aquad
23:32 hrs IST: RUN OUT! Najibullah departs at 43. Now, Sri Lanka need just wicket to win
23:25 hrs IST: Lasith Malinga removes Dawlat Hassan at 6, AFG are 136/8 after 31 overs
23:10 hrs IST: With the end of 30 overs, Afghanistan 135/7 with Dawlat Zadran and Najibullaj Zadran at crease
23:00 hrs IST: Numwan Pradeep bowled Rashid Khan, Afghanistan lose their 7th wicket,
22:50 hrs IST: OUT! Nuwan Pradeep picks Afghanistan skipper's wicket, AFG 122/6 after 25 overs
22:40 hrs IST: Just 6 runs added to the total, AFG 105/5 after 22 overs
22:35 hrs IST: Afghanistan completes its 100 total on board in the 22nd over,
22:25 hrs IST: With the end of 20th over, AFG 96/5 with Najibullah and Naib at crease
22:10 hrs IST: Gulbadin Naib hits bak-t-back boundaries
22:07 hrs IST: After 17 overs, Afghanistan are 76/5
21:55 hrs IST: Afghanistan loses another wicket in Shahidi, Nuwan Pradeep picks his second, AFG 57/4 after 13 overs
21:45 hrs IST: Hazratullah Zazai departs at 30, Afghanistan lose their third wicket
21:35 hrs IST: Isuru Udana removes Afghans lose early wickets at just 2
21:30 hrs IST: Just 4 runs in the 7th over, Afghanistan are 41/4 with Rahmat and Zazai out at crease
21:18 hrs IST: Afghanistan lose thier first wicket in Shahzad, AFG 34/1 after 4.4 overs
21:15 hrs IST: After 4 overs, AFG 29/0, Afghans off to a good start
21:00 hrs IST: With the end of 2 overs, Afghanistan are 18/0 with Shahzad and Zazai at crease
20:43 hrs IST: Sri Lanka all out for 201, Rashid Khan picks up the last wicket
20:40 hrs IST: Sri lanka lose their ninth wicket, Lasith Malinga departs at 4, SL 199/ 9 after 36 overs
20:15 hrs IST: Game has been reduced to 41 overs each side
17:38 hrs IST: RAIN STOPS PLAY
17:37 hrs IST: With the end of 33rd over, Sri Lanka are 182/8 with Lakmal and Malinga at crease
17:32 hrs IST: Kusal Perera departs at 78, Sri Lanka 180/8 after 32.2 overs
17:23 hrs IST: BOWLED! Isuru Udana departs at 10, SL 178/7 after 31.3 overs
17:18 hrs IST: MAIDEN OVER by Rashid Khan, Sri Lanka 177/6 after 31 overs
17:15 hrs IST: After 30 overs, Sri Lanka are 177/6 with Perera and Udana out in the middle
17:10 hrs IST: SIX! by Isuru Udana
17:00 hrs IST: RUN OUT! T. Perera out at 2, Sri Lanka 159/6 after 25.4 overs
16:52 hrs IST: Sri Lanka crosses 150-run mark in the 24th over
16:49 hrs IST: Hamid Hassan picks his first, takes Dhananjaya de Silva wicket, SL 149/5 after 23 overs
16:44 hrs IST: Angela Mathews again departs for DUCK, Sri Lanka lose another one, SL 146/4 after 22 overs
16:40 hrs IST: OUT! Mohammed Nabi takes Kusal Mendis at 2, Sri Lanka lose its third
16:36 hrs IST: Nabi strikes again, picks Thirimanne's wicket, SL 144/2 after 21.2 overs
16:30 hrs IST: Thirimanne and Perera's second wicket partnership is looking fine at this moment, SL 144/1 after 21 overs
16:22 hrs IST: After 18 overs, SL 131/1 with Perera and Thirimanne out in the middle
16:20 hrs IST: Kusal Perera hits 12th ODI 50 and that too in style
16:05 hrs IST: With the end of 15 overs, SL 104/1 with Thirimanne and Parera at crease
16:01 hrs IST: Mohammed Nabi picks Sri Lankan skipper's wicket at 30, SL 92/1 after 13.1 overs
16:00 hrs IST: After end of the 13th over, Sri Lanka 92/0 with Dimuth and Parera out in the middle
15:56 hrs IST: Another tight over, this time from Gulbadin Naib and Sri Lanka are 83/0 after 11 overs.
15:51 hrs IST: Afghanistan are pulling things back but Sri Lanka are still in a healthy position at 79/0 after 10 overs.
15:49 hrs IST: Mohammad Nabi is bowling tightly and after nine overs, Sri Lanka are 76/0.
15:44 hrs IST: Two back-to-back fours by Kusal Perera off Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Sri Lanka continue to hurt Afghanistan. After eight overs, Sri Lanka are 71/0.
15:40 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are taking full toll as the Afghanistan pacers go awry in their line and length. The fifty is up in just the fifth over but Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi are ensuring that the runs are kept on a leash. After seven overs, Sri Lanka are 62/0.
15:24 hrs IST: Kusal Perera is on a roll and Hamid Hassan has started off badly. He concedes five wides and is blasted for a boundary over deep extra cover for a boundary. Karunaratne also joins in the party with four runs. After four overs, Sri Lanka are 37/0.
15:22 hrs IST: Good pace and swing shown by Dawlat Zadran. Only one run in the over and Sri Lanka are 21/0 after three overs.
15:17 hrs IST: Hamid Hassan opens from the other end and he is expensive as both Karunaratne and Kusal Perera begin well with a couple of boundaries. After two overs, Sri Lanka are 20/0.
15:12 hrs IST: Dawlat Zadran opens the bowling and he is getting some swing and bounce. However, his line is awry and on the fifth ball, Dimuth Karunaratne glances a short ball to the fine leg fence. After the first over, Sri Lanka are 5/0.
14:56 hrs IST: So, Afghanistan are employing three spinners on a green deck while Sri Lanka are loaded with pacers. Are Afghanistan following the trick that if it seams, it spins?
14:43 hrs IST: Here are the team sheets for this game
14:41 hrs IST: Afghanistan have chosen to bowl against Sri Lanka. Jeevan Mendis is not playing in this match.
14:38 hrs IST: The pitch is green and there are chances of rain also today. Would be interesting to see what the team does when they win the toss.
14:28 hrs IST: According to the weather report today, Cardiff could be affected by rain and the match could be rain-curtailed.
14:24 hrs IST: Despite losing to Australia, Afghanistan showed that they belonged on the big stage with a solid show. They were impressive in patches, but they could not capitalise on the big moments.
14:10 hrs IST: Sri Lanka will be aiming to bounce back after their horrendous loss against New Zealand. However, their woes in ODIs has been present ever since 2017. Can Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and other senior members of the team stage a revival?
13:54 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the ICC Cricket World Cup encounter between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka from Cardiff. Afghanistan showed some spark against Australia but in the end, they came up short. They will fancy their chances against Sri Lanka, who suffered a 10-wicket loss to New Zealand.