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Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka ODI build-up: Afghanistan hunt for first win against Asian neighbours

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka ODI build-up: Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will lock horns with each other in their second match at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday.

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka ODI build-up: Afghanistan will take on Sri Lanka. (Reuters)

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka ODI build-up: After going down in their opening fixtures, both Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will lock horns with each other in their second match at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday. While, Afghanistan were easily swept aside by Australia at Bristol, Sri Lanka, on the other hand, also had to endure a 10-wicket loss against New Zealand on the same day.

Despite their emphatic loss against the five-time champions, Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib was optimistic and said that the team has taken the positives from their performance. Sri Lanka, who were runners-up in 2007 and 2011, will look to reverse their fortunes against their Asian neighbours and reconstruct their semifinal push from here.

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We have potential to score 300 consistently: Gulbadin Naib

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib has stressed on the need to bat sensibly ahead of the team’s second World Cup clash against Sri Lanka. "My message has been one thing, just to look at the positives. If you look, we missed out early on and then we scored 200-plus so if we have wickets in hand it could have been 300-plus," he said.

"We need to stay on the wickets and don’t give away wickets easily, then we can have wickets in hand then we have the potential to do in the last ten overs 80-90 runs or more," he further stated. 

What happened in Sri Lanka's previous fixture

New Zealand produced a clinical display to round off a convincing 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their opening fixture at the ongoing World Cup in Cardiff on Saturday. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was the lone ranger with the bat as his teammates failed to resist the marauding Kiwi bowling attack. Sri Lanka were bundled out on 136 in 29.2 overs. New Zealand in response completed the chase in just 16.1 overs without any loss as openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro struck their respective half-centuries.  [READ MORE]

What happened in Afghanistan's previous fixture

After bundling out minnows Afghanistan on 207, David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch combined together to help Australia secure a convincing seven-wicket win in their tournament opener at Bristol’s County Ground on Saturday. Warner remained unbeaten at the crease on 89, while Finch scored 66. In the bowling department, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa shared three wickets each helping their side to restrict Afghanistan from posting a stiff total on the board. [READ MORE]

What happened yesterday

The moment that encapsulated what Pakistan thought about the contest against England came right at the end after they clinched a memorable win by 14 runs, quelling a serious challenge by the hosts. The bowler, Wahab Riaz, was still angry at a misfield that had the last ball, inconsequential to the match result, run away to the boundary. He was almost in a trance, staring at the fielder on the boundary and had to be yanked out of his reverie by Mark Wood, who hugged him.  [READ MORE]

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka: PREVIEW

The game in Cardiff represents a genuine chance for the Afghans to add a second win at one-day cricket’s marquee tournament to their landmark, one-wicket victory over Scotland in 2015. [READ MORE]

Hello and Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the LIVE COVERAGE of the match between Afganistan and Sri Lanka. Both the Asian side went down in their first fixture and would be hoping to secure a win in their second fixture today. Can minnows Afghanistan upset an inexperienced Sri Lankan unit led by Dimuth Karunaratne? Stay tuned for LIVE UPDATES! 

Squad:

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

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Avishka Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep, Milinda Siriwardana