Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan : ICC World Cup will pit the two bottom-ranked ODI teams in the world — Sri Lanka (Rank: 9) and Afghanistan (Rank: 10) — with both sides starting off their campaigns with losses against New Zealand and Australia respectively. Tuesday’s encounter at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff will be crucial for both sides as they try to find some momentum for tougher challenges ahead in the ICC World Cup 2019.
7th match, ICC Cricket World Cup at Cardiff, Jun 4 2019
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan
Start Time : 10:30 local time (09:30 GMT)
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan
Both teams will be looking for better batting performances when they meet in the crunch clash in Cardiff.
While Cardiff has been a high-scoring venue in the recent past, overcast conditions, expected for Tuesday, will aid swing bowling. Captains winning the toss will look to bowl as rain interruptions are predicted for Tuesday’s tie.
It is safe to say the World Cup 2019 tie between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka is expected to be a close affair. Unless Sri Lanka’s big guns in Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews step up, don’t be surprised if they are stunned by Gulbadin Naib’s men in Cardiff.
Asked on Monday if he was worried about rain derailing Afghanistan’s hopes, a relaxed Naib told reporters: “It was also predicted for today, but it didn’t rain so much.
“Tomorrow we just see what’s the weather. I think maybe the weather will be the same. So if we can reduce the overs it will be much better for us.”
Despite the defeat against Australia, Naib says Afghanistan were encouraged by parts of their performance and he hopes to build on that in the Sri Lanka match.
“If you have wickets in hand, so maybe the score is 300-plus something.”
Sri Lanka were dismissed for a paltry 136 by New Zealand in their first World Cup match in Cardiff and Naib plans to prey on those batting weaknesses.
Live Streaming Cricket, Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Match 7: Watch AFG vs SL Live World Cup Match Online on Hotstar
Live Streaming Cricket, Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Match 7: Sri Lanka, who were comprehensively beaten by New Zealand in their opening game, will look to come out with a much improved performance when they take on dark horses Afghanistan in the ongoing World Cup at the Cardiff Wales Stadium here on Tuesday. Sri Lanka did not have the ideal start to their World Cup campaign as they lost by 10 wickets to the Black Caps on June 1. None of their batsmen — apart from skipper Dimuth Karunaratne who remained unbeaten at 52 — could stand against the hostile bowling from the Kiwi pacers and were bundled out for 136.