Asia Cup 2018, Live Cricket Score, Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi: Sri Lanka Look to End Janat & Shahzad Partnership

Lasith Malinga. (Getty Pictures)

LATEST UPDATE:Malinga visibly has misplaced tempo, and for some purpose he’s utilizing slower deliveries much more than he ought to. He even pitches the ball quick and Shahzad is fast to scoop the ball over slips to get a 4. That ball was actually near Akila Dhananjaya. On the very subsequent supply Shahzad performs the same shot, and Dhanajaya misses it once more. The over ends with one other 4. Afghanistan are 28/zero after 5 overs.

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Yet another defeat and Sri Lanka will probably be out of the 2018 Asia Cup. After a 137-run loss to Bangladesh within the match opener, the Angelo Mathews-led aspect may have every little thing 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 put up a formidable 261 runs on the board. Nonetheless, issues acquired even worse after 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 regarded incapacitated. Upul Tharanga confirmed optimistic intent however ended up enjoying manner 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 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 dangerous 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 way in which 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 the most effective limited-overs pacers in world cricket. There have been inswinging yorkers, slower ones and bouncers, and if the identical Malinga reveals 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 may proceed if they do not deliver their A-game in opposition to Afghanistan. The tenth-ranked ODI aspect have had a powerful run in 2018, beating Eire and Zimbabwe, other than profitable 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 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 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 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 stability.
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 will probably 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 acquired over the road, however quite a bit has modified since then. Whereas Afghanistan are making all the suitable strikes, Sri Lanka’s graph is barely heading in a single path, 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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