Gulbadin: If you look at the conditions, it’s good for the bowlers and with cloudy weather. It’s a good toss to win. We got a lot of things from the last game, especially with the batters how we struggled in the middle. I’m not looking in the past how we played against Sri Lanka. They are a good, champion side.
Dimuth: Last game we batted first and now we know how the conditions will play. It’s certainly not a 300 wicket but we know the best score on this wicket. It’s not easy [being handed captaincy so soon before tournament] but I’ve got a couple of captains in the past who give me support.
Watch SL v Afg cricket highlights videos today – 7th match, ICC Cricket World Cup from Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (England) Tuesday, 4-6-2019.
Sri Lanka v Afghanistan Icc Cricket World Cup 2019 Highlights
Afghanistan have won the toss and will bowl first.
1 Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 2 Hazratullah Zazai, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi, 5 Najibullah Zadran, 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Gulbadin Naib (capt), 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, 10 Hamid Hassan, 11 Dawlat Zadran.
Sri Lanka team
1 Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Kusal Perera (wk), 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Nuwan Pradeep, 11 Lasith Malinga.
Cardiff has been a good chasing ground over the years with teams batting second winning 15 of the 22 completed ODIs here. The average first-innings winning score here is 322 for 8, exemplifying the difficulty in setting totals. There’s a possibility of thunderstorms on Tuesday, which should make it even easier for captains to decide whether to bat or bowl if the statistics alone weren’t enough.
Gulbadin Naib defended Mohammad Shahzad despite a duck in the tournament opener, so he should keep his place. But given the conditions at the venue, Afghanistan could consider playing an extra seamer in Aftab Alam instead of Mujeeb ur Rahman, who was taken apart by Australia. Asghar Afghan missed the Australia game with a calf strain, and it is unclear if he is fit to play.
Lasith Malinga has said he is fully fit and Nuwan Pradeep, who was surprisingly left out against New Zealand, bowled quite a bit in the nets on the eve of the match. Sri Lanka might consider bringing in Pradeep for Isuru Udana, whose style of bowling is more suited to drier surfaces than the one expected in Cardiff, particularly with rain around.
Match Timings: 10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.30, Second Session 14.30-18.00
Umpires – Nigel Llong, Paul Wilson
TV Umpires – Rod Tucker
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Ian Gould
Match number – ODI no. 4149