the match finished Sri Lanka won by 34 runs (DL)
Rain is expected to play it’s a role in this match, with the warmth hanging nearby 14 degrees Celsius. Regarding the circumstances and D/L method, skippers will be required to bowl first. But, you nevermore know what to assume when Afghanistan is performing. They wish to charge and choosing to bat second isn’t their field of interest.
Had rain not been projected, it would have been trustworthy to assume that runs will come thick and fast notwithstanding the fact that the pitch is suitable to bat on. As is the case in England, when the dark clouds hover over, the ball rolls unpredictably. Pacers will be licking their lips.
Probable XI for Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (c), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan
Probable XI for Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga
Who has the edge?
Afghanistan lost against Australia, though they put up a spirited fight. They chose to bowl first when the circumstances helped the pacers, and as assumed, there were staring down the barrel in two overs: their openers walked back without scoring runs on the scorecard.
But, nothing, certainly nothing limited their aggression. Rahmat Shah steadied the ship with Hashmatullah Shahidi, and when these two were removed, skipper Gulbadin Naib led from the front and scored 83 runs with Najibullah Zadran, the only half-centurion from their innings. If anything, they were completely entertaining on their trail to 207 all out. It, nevertheless, would have been a topping on the cake had they not been bundled out in 38.2 overs. This is something they require to get excellent at. They have to bat through if they are to struggle against the best.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has been out of varieties. They were beaten by New Zealand in all the fields. Excluding Karunaratne, no batsman seemed positive facing swing, and their bowling needed teeth as New Zealand routed down 137 runs without losing any wicket.
In the context of the recent games, Afghanistan has the edge by all means.