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. The Lankan innings crashed to 136 all out while the Kiwis chased down the total in the 16th over itself. From Sri Lankan side, only the skipper Dimuth Karunaratne could manage to put decent score on the board by hitting half century
In the post-match press conference, he said, "I think we have another eight games to go. We need to (keep our) chin up and play very well. We need to see what we have. On the back end we need to get some partnerships, (and in) the middle part. Those are the key areas. We're looking forward to doing it’’.
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.
Afghanistan is expected to give a tough fight to the demoralised Sri Lanka side as they have some of the best players in the squad.
Now, let us take a look at some of the key players who should be watched out in #AFGvSL game:
Angelo Mathews – The only veteran player in the Sri Lankan side Angelo Mathews is one of the key players in the squad.
Dimuth Karunaratne – Dimuth could play an important role in tomorrow’s match as he is one of the best batsmen of the side.
Rashid Khan – The star player of the Afghanistan side Rashid is known for his hard hitting in the death overs or down the batting line-up. He also takes couple of wickets in each game.
Mohammed Nabi – Another all-rounder in the Afghan squad is Mohammed Nabi. However, the player was not able to perform well in the first match but is expected to perform better in the upcoming game.