A spirited Afghanistan will take on a struggling Sri Lankan side in the sec that match of the ICC World Cup 2019 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday. Both teams are coming into this match on the back of losses but Afghanistan can take more heart out of their performance against Australia. The Australian bowlers were too good for the Afghan batsmen but they showed the grit to stay out there. Rahmat Shah and Najibullah Zadran were impressive in particular. Even skipper Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan came up with spirited all-round performances.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, were completely outplayed by New Zealand in the previous match, that too at the same venue. None of the batsmen except skipper Dimuth Karunaratne showed the temperament to spend some time at the crease. The bowling was equally woeful as they failed to pick up any wickets and New Zealand chased down the target of 137 without any loss.
Sri Lanka do have a lot of things to improve and they would be eager to perform better in this match. But things won't be easy for them as the Afghan spin trio of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi are capable of decimation any batting lineup. Their pacers in Dawlat Zadran and Hamid Hasan have a lot of experience too. Sri Lanka's spin department isn't as strong as Afghanistan and that's where they are behind in this encounter.
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