LATEST UPDATE:Lastly Lankans have grabbed on to a catch. Rahmat skied a sluggish ball from Chameera and Perera makes no mistake in taking the catch. Rahmat departs for 72. Afghanistan are 190/4.
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Yet one more defeat and Sri Lanka will probably be out of the 2018 Asia Cup. After a 137-run loss to Bangladesh within the event opener, the Angelo Mathews-led aspect may have all the pieces to play for after 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. Nonetheless, issues acquired even worse after 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 seemed incapacitated. Upul Tharanga confirmed optimistic intent however ended up enjoying means too many flashy photographs which led to his downfall. Not one of the batsmen managed to cross the 30-run mark and it was solely due to some helpful, 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 must bat with extra duty to permit gamers like Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera to play their pure recreation. The 2 Pereras have been in respectable type of late, and together with different batsmen, must step up in opposition to Afghanistan’s spin-dominated bowling assault. “It was a fairly unhealthy effort from the entire staff,” mentioned Mathews after the defeat. “We made a variety of errors whereas batting. The choice making by the entire batting unit was poor.” Nonetheless, Sri Lanka will probably be delighted with the best way Lasith Malinga bowled within the final match. Making his return to the One-Day Worldwide aspect after a chronic absence, the 35-year-old, who ended the sport with figures of 10-2-23-4, confirmed everybody why he’s nonetheless top-of-the-line 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 tough for Afghanistan.
Sri Lanka have misplaced 30 of 40 matches because the begin of 2017 and the pattern would possibly proceed if they do not carry their A-game in opposition to Afghanistan. The tenth-ranked ODI aspect have had a formidable run in 2018, beating Eire and Zimbabwe, other than profitable the Qualifiers to cement their place within the 2019 World Cup. This event will present Afghanistan an ideal platform to check themselves in high-pressure conditions and scrutinise the place they stand in opposition to 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 are going to closely depend on their confirmed spinners to as soon as once more do the job on the monitor that can supply 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 isn’t 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 steadiness.
Nonetheless, it is Afghanistan’s batting that has allow them to down in current instances. Their final three defeats have all come when their batsmen have failed rating 200. The onus will probably be on captain Asghar Afghan, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari to help their bowlers.
Sri Lanka have overwhelmed Afghanistan each the instances 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 acquired over the road, however quite a bit has modified since then. Whereas Afghanistan are making all the proper 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.