ICC CWC 2019 AFG vs SL Preview: Face saver for Sri Lanka after bleak begin.

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AFGANISTAN TEAM INFORMATION :The Afghanistan national cricket team is the 12th Test cricket playing full member nation of the ICC. Cricket has been played in the country since the mid-19th century, but it is only in recent years that the national team has achieved some success at the international level. The Afghanistan Cricket Board was formed in 1995 and became an affiliate member of the ICC in 2001. In June 2017, Afghanistan were granted full ICC membership (and, therefore, Test status). They achieve the full-member status after holding affiliate ICC membership from 2001 to 2013 and were the only affiliate member country to ever compete in a major ICC international cricket tournament. Afghanistan hold the world record for the highest ever T20 score, 278-3 vs Ireland in Dehradun on 23 February 2019. Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Shahzad, and Asghar Afghan are some of the most prominent players for Afghanistan in all formats of the game. Afghanistan at ICC World Cups Afghanistan made their World Cup debut against Bangladesh in 2015 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, Australia, where they lost by 105 runs. The team faced elite cricketing nations like Australia, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and England. On 26 February 2015, Afghanistan won their first World Cup match against Scotland. The team, however, lost all their other games and were knocked out of the tournament in the opening round.In the 1990s, cricket became popular among the Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and the Afghanistan Cricket Board was formed there in 1995. Like all sports, cricket was initially banned by the Taliban, but it became an exception in 2000, when the Taliban approved it. The Afghanistan Cricket Federation was elected as an affiliate member of the ICC the following year. In the 2011 Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament, Afghanistan failed to progress to the World Cup, but earned the ODI status for four years. Their first ODI was against Scotland in the 5th-place playoff, having previously beaten Scotland earlier in the tournament. On 1 February 2010, Afghanistan played their first Twenty20 International against Ireland, which they lost by 5 wickets. On 13 February 2010, Afghanistan first defeated the United Arab Emirates by 4 wickets to make their way to the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies in April 2010. Later, the same day, they defeated Ireland by 8 wickets in the final of 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. Afghanistan played their first One Day International against a full ICC member nation in February 2012 against Pakistan at Sharjah. Afghanistan also took on Australia Cricket Team for a single ODI match at Sharjah in August 2012. In July 2014, Afghanistan toured Zimbabwe to play their first full series against a full member. The 4-match ODI series finished 2-2. With this, Afghanistan entered the top 10 of the ICC ODI rankings for the first time.

In March 2013, Afghanistan received a boost after a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the development of Afghanistan cricket ahead of the 2015 World Cup. The team visited Zimbabwe for a second time in October and registered a historic one-day international series win, handing Zimbabwe a 73-run defeat in Bulawayo to clinch the series 3-2. They were also the first non-Test-playing country to win a multi-game bilateral ODI series against a Test side. The Afghanistan cricket team later toured Bangladesh in September and October 2016 to play three ODIs. This was Afghanistan’s first full series against a Test-playing side other than Zimbabwe and the first bilateral series between the two sides. The team toured Zimbabwe again between January and February 2017 and won the ODI series 3-2. The Afghanistan cricket team completed another tour in June 2017, this time facing the West Indies, in their first bilateral tour against a full member nation other than Zimbabwe. On 22 June 2017, the ICC awarded Afghanistan the full Test status. The team played their first Test against India in late 2018 but were easily defeated. In March 2019, Afghanistan achieved their first-ever Test match victory against Ireland in only their second test, becoming only the third team (after England and Pakistan) to do so. 

SRI LANKA TEAM INFORMATION:The Sri Lankan national cricket team is a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test, One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International (T20I) playing status. The team was awarded the Test status in 1982, which made it the eighth Test cricket-playing nation. The team is administered by the Sri Lanka Cricket. The success of Sri Lankan cricket in the past two decades has been underscored by the batting of Aravinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Marvan Atapattu and Tillakaratne Dilshan, backed up by the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara and many other talented cricketers. Sri Lanka won the Cricket World Cup in 1996, the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 (co-champions with India), and the ICC T20 World Cup in 2014. They were runners-up of the 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cups consecutively, and of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2009 and 2012. The Sri Lankan cricket team currently holds several world records, including that for the highest team total in Test cricket. Sri Lanka at ICC World Cups In the first five World Cup tournaments (1975 to 1992), Sri Lanka could not even go past the group stage. But in 1996, starting off as underdogs under the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga, they went on to win the Cricket World Cup, hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Since then, the team has continued to be a force in international cricket. In the 1999 Cricket World Cup, hosted by England and Netherlands, defending champions Sri Lanka again played under the captaincy of Ranatunga. Most of 1996’s winning members — Jayasuriya, Muralitharan, Mahanama, Hashan, Kaluwitharana, Vaas, De Silva, Pramodya and Chandana were part of the 1999 team, too. But Sri Lanka could again not go past the group stage. In the 2003 Cricket World Cup, hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, Jayasuriya led the team.

In the quarterfinals, they were beaten by Australia and India and won against Zimbabwe. They lost to Australia in the semi-finals which ended their campaign. West Indies hosted the 9th Cricket World Cup in 2011, and Sri Lanka were led by Mahela Jayawardena. In the semi-final, Sri Lanka defeated New Zealand but lost to Ricky Ponting-led Australia in the final. India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka jointly hosted the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The Kumar Sangakkara-led Sri Lankan side defeated England in quarterfinals and New Zealand in the semi-finals to meet MS Dhoni’s India cricket team in the final. In the finale, Jayawardene scored a century to propel his team’s total to 274/6. India had a shaky start, with Sehwag and Tendulkar both dismissed early by Malinga, and the them struggling at 31 for two. Kohli and Gautam Gambhir put together an 83-run partnership before Kohli’s dismissal. Gambhir went on to score 97 runs, while Dhoni went on to score an unbeaten 91. Sri Lanka lost their second consecutive ODI World Cup final. The 2015 World cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand, had an Angelo Mathews-led Sri Lankan team participating. In the quarterfinals, Sri Lanka lost to South Africa after failing to defend a poor total of 133 runs. With this match, Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena ended their ODI careers. History The Sri Lankan national cricket team began with the formation of the Colombo Cricket Club in 1832. By the 1880s, a national team, the Ceylon national cricket team, was formed. The team began playing first-class cricket by the 1920s. The Ceylon national cricket team achieved the ICC associate member status in 1965. Renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, the national team first competed in top-level international cricket in 1975, playing against West Indies in the 1975 Cricket World Cup. West Indies won the match by 9 wickets at Old Trafford, Manchester, England. After Sri Lanka was awarded the Test status on 21 July 1981 as the eighth Test-playing nation, they had to wait until 6 September 1985 to see their first Test win. They had defeated India. Sri Lanka registered their first ODI win at Manchester, England, on 16 June 1979, against India. They won the 1996 Cricket World Cup, were co-champions of the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy, and also became Asian champions on five occasions — in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2014. Sri Lanka played their first Twenty20 International (T20I) match at the Rose Bowl, on 15 June 2006, against England, winning the match by 2 runs. In 2014, they won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, defeating India by 6 wickets. As of July 2018, Sri Lanka had faced nine teams in Test cricket — only recent Test nations Afghanistan and Ireland were missing from their list of opponents — with their most frequent opponent being Pakistan, against whom they had played 51 matches. 

Among the usual major ODI nations, Sri Lanka have defeated England most number of times (34). Sri Lanka have competed against 13 countries in T20Is, and played 15 matches against New Zealand. They have defeated Australia and West Indies 6 times each. Sri Lanka reached World Twenty20 finals three times. As of July 2018, Sri Lanka had played 272 Test matches, winning 86 of them, losing 101, and drawing 85. They had played 816 ODI matches, winning 376 and losing 399; five matches were tied and 36 had no result. Sri Lanka had played 108 T20I matches, won 54, lost 52, 1 tied, and 1 ended with no result. From 8 July 2017 to 23 October 2017, Sri Lanka lost twelve consecutive ODI matches, which was their second-longest losing run in ODIs. In the meantime, Sri Lanka was whitewashed 5-0 thrice — by South Africa, India and Pakistan — in 2017. 

Both Afghanistan and Sri Lanka lost their opening World Cup coordinate against Australia and New Zealand separately and they would be anxious to open their first match of the competition.

A certain Afghanistan will confront hardship stricken Sri Lanka as the two will clash in match 7 of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the Cardiff Wales Stadium on Tuesday. Both Afghanistan and Sri Lanka lost their opening World Cup coordinate against Australia and New Zealand separately and they would be anxious to open their first match of the competition. In spite of the fact that Gulbadin Naib-drove Afghanistan lost their opening match against Australia, they were as yet ready to set up some battle against the guarding champions with the bat as Rahmat Shah (43) and Najibullah Zadran (51) assumed a pivotal job and Rashid Khan bested it up with 27-run appearance.

Hamid Hassan was extraordinary with the ball as he disturbed Aussie batsmen and may proceed with a similar show against Lanka batsmen.
Dimuth Karunaratne-drove Sri Lanka had the most exceedingly terrible conceivable begin in the 2019 World Cup as the batting request totally fallen against New Zealand. Just captain Karunaratne set up some battle with unbeaten 52 and Kusal Perera (29) remained at the wrinkle for quite a while. Rest, other batsmen neglected to put twofold digit score spare Thisara Perera who included 27 runs.

Afghanistan Team News: Mohammad Shahzad should help the group in their second match as he was expelled against Australia because of messy foot work. Hazrat Zazai too bombed in the main match however the group would anticipate that him should contribute against Sri Lanka. Rahmat Shah would be a key player at number three while Shahidi, Najibullah and captain Gulbadin would be fundamental for center overs.

Sri Lanka Team News: Sri Lanka may roll out certain improvements is the playing 11 after the group’s troubling show against New Zealand. Karunaratne would expect more from batsmen as the group will be under gigantic weight. The bowling unit, drove my veteran pacer Lasith Malinga, would need to take early wickets to put weight on resistance’s solid center request. Suranga Lakmala and Jeewan Mendis may demonstrate helpful for the captain.

Afghanistan Key Players: Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Shahzad

Sri Lanka Key Players: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera

AFG VS SL Playing 11 Prediction

Afghanistan Playing 11: Zazai, Shahzad (WK), Rahmat, Hashmatullah, Naib, Najibullah, Nabi, Rashid, Mujeeb, Dawlat and Hamid.

Sri Lanka Playing 11: Karunaratne (C), Thirimanne, Kusal Perera(WK), Kusal Mendis, Mathews, Dhananjaya, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara, Udana, Malinga and Lakmal.

ICC World Cup 2019, Macth 7: Afghanistan versus Sri Lanka Live gushing subtleties

Date and Day: June 4, 2019, Tuesday.

Spot: Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff

Time: 3:00 pm IST, 10:30 am neighborhood time

The World Cup 2019 Afghanistan versus Sri Lanka match live gushing will be accessible live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 in English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD in Hindi Commentary. The live gushing of the World Cup 2019 Afghanistan versus Sri Lanka match will be accessible on Hotstar.

Team squad:

Afghanistan

Gulbadin Naib (C), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana and Jeffrey Vanders

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