LATEST UPDATE:Malinga gerts his first wicket of the evening. Once more a slower supply and Nabi shouldn’t be in full management of the shot. Perera takes an excellent operating catch to eliminate Nabi for 15. It is 222/6 after 46.three overs.
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Yet another defeat and Sri Lanka might be out of the 2018 Asia Cup. After a 137-run loss to Bangladesh within the match opener, the Angelo Mathews-led facet can have all the things to play for once they tackle Afghanistan in a Group B conflict on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday (September 16). Regardless of having Bangladesh two down within the first over, Sri Lanka, courtesy sloppy fielding and Mushfiqur Rahim’s brilliance, allowed the opposition to submit a formidable 261 runs on the board. Nevertheless, issues bought even worse once they got here out to bat as they had been bowled out for mere 124 in 35.1 overs. Within the absence of Dinesh Chandimal and Danuskha Gunathilaka, Sri Lankan batting appeared incapacitated. Upul Tharanga confirmed optimistic intent however ended up taking part in approach too many flashy pictures which led to his downfall. Not one of the batsmen managed to cross the 30-run mark and it was solely due to some useful, however futile, contributions from Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal the Islanders reached the three-figure mark.
The likes of Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva and Mathews should bat with extra duty to permit gamers like Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera to play their pure recreation. The 2 Pereras have been in first rate type of late, and together with different batsmen, should step up towards Afghanistan’s spin-dominated bowling assault. “It was a reasonably unhealthy effort from the entire staff,” mentioned Mathews after the defeat. “We made a number of errors whereas batting. The choice making by the entire batting unit was poor.” Nevertheless, Sri Lanka might be delighted with the way in which Lasith Malinga bowled within the final match. Making his return to the One-Day Worldwide facet after a protracted absence, the 35-year-old, who ended the sport with figures of 10-2-23-4, confirmed everybody why he’s nonetheless the most effective limited-overs pacers in world cricket. There have been inswinging yorkers, slower ones and bouncers, and if the identical Malinga exhibits up on Monday, he could make issues difficult for Afghanistan.
Sri Lanka have misplaced 30 of 40 matches for the reason that begin of 2017 and the pattern would possibly proceed if they do not convey their A-game towards Afghanistan. The tenth-ranked ODI facet have had a powerful run in 2018, beating Eire and Zimbabwe, other than successful the Qualifiers to cement their place within the 2019 World Cup. This match will present Afghanistan an ideal platform to check themselves in high-pressure conditions and scrutinise the place they stand towards different top-contenders. Afghanistan have named three frontline spinners – Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Sharafuddin Ashraf, alongside all-rounder Mohammad Nabi – of their squad. They may closely depend on their confirmed spinners to as soon as once more do the job on the observe that can provide good quantity of flip. Whereas second-ranked ODI bowler Rashid and Nabi want no recognition, 17-year-old Mujeeb too has managed to create his personal id within the final 12 months or so. It’s not going to be simple for Sri Lankan batsmen to go after the spinners, and thus will look to assault the pacers. Afghanistan even have a good few all-rounders of their ranks which give them stability.
Nevertheless, it is Afghanistan’s batting that has allow them to down in current occasions. Their final three defeats have all come when their batsmen have failed rating 200. The onus might be on captain Asghar Afghan, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari to assist their bowlers.
Sri Lanka have overwhelmed Afghanistan each the occasions they’ve confronted off on this format. The final time these two groups met was within the 2015 World Cup the place Sri Lanka barely bought over the road, however so much has modified since then. Whereas Afghanistan are making all the fitting strikes, Sri Lanka’s graph is simply heading in a single route, downward.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Amila Aponso, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Upul Tharanga.
Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan (capt), Javed Ahmadi, Munir Ahmad, Yamin Ahmadzai, Aftab Alam, Ihsanullah, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari, Sayed Shirzad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran.