Asia Cup 2018, Live Cricket Score, Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi: Mujeeb Strikes in First Over, Poor Start For Lanka

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LATEST UPDATE:That could be a stable shot from no 10 batsman Aftab as he will get a six on the primary ball he faces. That is nice batting from the tail-ender. In the identical over Perera will get an ideal yorker that castles Rashid Khan. Loads taking place on this innings. And final ball of the innings he will get his fifer as Afghanistan ends on 249.

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Yet one more defeat and Sri Lanka can be out of the 2018 Asia Cup. After a 137-run loss to Bangladesh within the event opener, the Angelo Mathews-led facet could 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 publish a formidable 261 runs on the board. Nonetheless, issues received even worse once they got here out to bat as they have 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 constructive 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 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 accountability 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 fairly 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.” Nonetheless, Sri Lanka can 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 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 difficult for Afghanistan.
Sri Lanka have misplaced 30 of 40 matches for the reason that begin of 2017 and the pattern may proceed if they do not carry 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 event 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’ll closely depend on their confirmed spinners to as soon as once more do the job on the observe that may 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 identification 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 latest instances. Their final three defeats have all come when their batsmen have failed rating 200. The onus can be on captain Asghar Afghan, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari to assist their bowlers.
Sri Lanka have crushed 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 received over the road, however so much has modified since then. Whereas Afghanistan are making all the suitable strikes, Sri Lanka’s graph is simply heading in a single course, 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.


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