Umpires – CB Gaffaney and RK Illingworth
TV umpire – JD Cloete
Match referee – BC Broad
Reserve umpire – BNJ Oxenford
Sri Lanka Cricket Team is on 4th ODI Ranking in ICC table while Afghanistan cricket team is on at 12 ICC ODI Ranking. Afghanistan Cricket Team is struggling hard in Cricket and recently he has got so much praises by their awesome performance in many ODI Matches against Pakistana and Bangladesh.
By their well outcome Afghanistan could be playing test cricket in 2018. The ICC Board approved the introduction of an ICC Test Challenge which will take place every four years between the lowest ranked Test team and the winner of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.
Afghanistan Cricket team spent a very good session this morning in Dunedin in New Zealand ahead of Sri Lanka game. On the Other handMathews seeking a more consistent effort from his team against Afghanistan
listen to ‘Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews seeking a more consistent effort from his team against Afghanistan tomorrow on audioBoom. During last Interview of Sri Lanka Cricket Team Captain Angelo Mathews said that We worked extremely hard the past few days to prepare ourselves for this game because we have to take it very seriously. We can’t be complacent and we can’t take it lightly. We’ll just be very well prepared and be up for the challenge.
Sri Lanka began its journey as comrades and took the air through rough waters before winning the 1996 World Cup and demonstrating itself as one of the premiere One-Day International sides. It’s likely to be a while before Afghanistan attains what Sri Lanka has, but when the two sides meet in Dunedin on Sunday (February 22), Afghanistan will be keen to take some annotations and maybe even throw in a poke or two to highlight its intention and power.
The likeliness of Afghanistan attracting the wig from under Sri Lanka’s feet is depending on which Sri Lankan side comes out at University Oval. Should Afghanistan face the side still ran down from the 98-run loss to New Zealand in the World Cup opener a week ago, it endures a good chance. But if Sri Lanka bring its A game to the table to make up for the loss and set itself up for a spot in the stunners from Pool A, Afghanistan is going to have a tough task on its hands.
Mohammad Nabi*, Afsar Zazai†, Aftab Alam, Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Javed Ahmadi, Mirwais Ashraf, Najibullah Zadran, Nasir Jamal, Nawroz Mangal, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran, Usman Ghani
Sri Lanka Squad
AD Mathews*, HDRL Thirimanne, PVD Chameera, LD Chandimal, TM Dilshan, HMRKB Herath, DPMD Jayawardene, FDM Karunaratne, KMDN Kulasekara, RAS Lakmal, SL Malinga, BMAJ Mendis, NLTC Perera, KC Sangakkara†, SMSM Senanayake
It’s likely that the biggest factor will be Lasith Malinga a sri lankan Fast bowler. The paceman, returning from a six-month layoff due to injury, was a far cry from his annihilating self against New Zealand, where he confessed 84 runs from ten overs with no wickets against his name.
Malinga must be hurting to terrorize batsmen once again and a tie against the Afghans is possibly his best chance to get back in his groove should the Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews keep him in the playing XI. “We believe he’ll come back strongly in the next few matches,” said Lahiru Thirimanne on Saturday.
While Malinga’s form is a concern, Sri Lanka has a lot on its mind with respect to its batting. Chasing a daunting 331, Sri Lanka was in control with Thirimanne handling the wheel, but in losing nine wickets for a mere 109 more runs, it showed that it can be dangerous against directed bowling.
As evidenced in its tie against Bangladesh – its debut at the ICC Cricket World Cup – Afghanistan can be objective with the ball. While its batting stammered in that 105-run loss, Afghanistan’s bowling, led by Shapoor Zadran, showed a lot of guts and control despite lacking baleful pace.
“Sri Lanka will be a step up, but I think my biggest message is you haven’t seen Afghanistan play yet,” said Andy Moles, the Afghanistan coach. “The issue with associate cricket is at times its incompatibility. When we’re good, we’re very good. Hopefully, come Sri Lanka, they’ll do better. It’s like a teacher with children; we have to educate them every day to get better, and you have good days and you have bad days.”
The ICC Cricket World Cup has already found a big result in Pool B with Ireland tumbling West Indies.
Mathews, well aware of the backlashes should Sri Lanka crash out in the league stage, said he would be fielding his strongest side to avoid the possibility of another upset. “They’re a very dangerous team. You can’t take them lightly because they can upset a team, and they’ve got nothing to lose,” said Mathews.
“We can’t just run through them. We’ve got to fight really hard from ball one to ball 300 likely, and fight it out and just take it as a Test-playing nation.”