Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - ICC Cricket World Cup - Afghanistan v Sri Lanka

ICC Cricket World Cup - Afghanistan v Sri Lanka
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Both Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will play their second match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka will have a slight advantage on this front given that the team has already played its first match against New Zealand at this venue. Both teams played their first match of the tournament on Saturday and came out with similar results. While Sri Lanka lost their match by a comprehensive ten-wicket margin against New Zealand, Afghanistan met a similar fate with a seven-wicket defeat against Australia.

Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have met a total of three times in ODIs, out of which Sri Lanka lead the victory tally with a 2-1 margin. It is interesting to track the results that have emerged from their previous encounters. In their first ODI against each other in the 2014 Asia Cup, Sri Lanka scored 253 and Afghanistan were rolled over for just 124. Their second match during the 2015 World Cup was a tight clash in which Sri Lanka won by four wickets.

By the time, the 2018 Asia Cup arrived, Afghanistan had developed a lot as a cricketing nation, while Sri Lanka continued on their free fall. The result of their first encounter was almost reversed as Afghanistan scored 249 and bundled Sri Lanka out for just 158.

While Sri Lanka are yet to win a match in this World Cup, Afghanistan won their warm-up match against Pakistan by three wickets and will start as favourites for this game.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Afghanistan- Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan

Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Afghanistan

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

Most Sixes – Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan)

Team Scores Batting first – Sri Lanka 260+, Afghanistan 280+

*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we are running ‘In–Play’ features here.

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