World cup 2015 Match 12 Group A preview: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan

World cup 2015 Match 12 Group A preview: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan

World cup 2015 Match 12 Group A preview: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan:

Date: February 22, 2015               Time: 0330 IST
Venue: Dunedin

Sri Lanka has a seemingly easy match after losing to New Zealand in the tournament opener. Let’s see how the match situation pans out.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has a lot on their hands since they had no answer to the Kiwi bowlers who dismissed them for 233 to win the match by 98 runs. Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne made some runs before their innings were cut short by good bowling from Trent Boult and Daniel Vettori. They still have not sorted out their opening combination problem.

Their bowling was nowhere looking to stop the Kiwi batting line-up. If it had not been for some control by Lankan bowlers in middle overs, New Zealand might have cross 400 runs. Their main headache is Lasith Malinga’s form and fitness; he went for 84 runs in his 10 overs. But they have time and chance in this match to rectify these errors.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan had a chance to begin their first ever World cup on a winning note. But some good bowling from Bangladesh meant that they lost by 105 runs. Their bowling restricted the Bangladeshi batsmen early in the innings but once a partnership started building; they lost their way and let the game slip out of their hands.

Their batting on other hand was hurt by early wickets in the innings and never recovered despite valiant efforts from Captain Mohd. Nabi and Samiullaah Shenwari . Afghanistan will definitely want their openers to bat for more than 2 overs. They have their work cut out while facing an experienced bowling attack in Sri Lanka.

Last 5 ODIs:
AFG:  L W L L W
SL: L W L L L

Possible playing XI:
Sri Lanka : Angelo Mathews (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal,Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath.

Afghanistan:
Mohammad Nabi (c), Afsar Zazai (wk), Aftab Alam, Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf, Najibullah Zadran, Nawroz Mangal, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran, Usman Ghani.