Sri Lanka's Batting is a Real Concern, Says Jayawardene

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka ODI Head To Head Match Stats Winning Losing Tied Match History

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka ODI Head To Head Match Stats Winning Losing Tied Match History

Their next two matches, both in Bristol against Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively, feel like must-win games if Sri Lanka are to spring a shock.

Full Schedule Put in to bat, Sri Lanka got off to a brilliant start, racing to 79/0 off the first 10 overs.

The Black Caps boast an impressive pace attack that proved their worth against Sri Lanka in the absence of senior quick Tim Southee who is recovering from a calf strain.

A gutsy sixth-wicket stand between skipper Gulbadin Naib (23) and Najibullah took Afghanistan to within 66 of their target, but Pradeep trapped the former lbw and also accounted for Rashid Khan before Malinga finished the job in trademark fashion.

Chasing a revised DLS target of 187, Afghanistan never got going and it became extremely hard for them as they were reduced to 57/5 in the face of some accurate bowling from Sri Lanka.

They may not be in any list of teams favoured to win ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 but that can hardly stop Afghanistan players from keeping their spirits absolutely high. Either Sri Lanka has fallen way behind other countries in uplifting the team standards or they have not got the proper people in the proper positions to bring about that change to the national team at all levels.

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Sri Lanka's opening game started badly and kept getting worse in Cardiff.

New Zealand, who reached the final of the 2015 World Cup after six semi-final losses in previous editions, are now a force to reckon and Ferguson is excited to be a member of the Kane Williamson-led side. "It is not my area, not under my purview. but we underperformed. But if you are sure you will go in and take the brunt... when you are low in confidence you always try to take the safer route instead of taking the bull by the horns and being up front".

Mathews he said had played 200 games, and had "much more experience than the guys who went [in his place]..." In the absence of a strong domestic structure which the past cricketers have been clamouring for and sadly which the administrators have turned a deaf ear to, the quality of the players coming through the present faulty system is far from what it was maybe a decade or so ago. Sri Lanka's problem was not one of ability, he was sure, it was one of a mindset into which they had slunk. If we get out for 130, you know, there is no match.

"All the players must realise their own mistakes first. Therefore a 50-over game or a shortened game due to rain, we must adopt to those situations because it's a must-win for us tomorrow".

In the ICC Cricket World Cup, Match between West Indies and Australia is underway in Nottingham. The question of every man's internal confidence or his skill deficit became secondary - Malinga's address to his teammates was nearly biblical.

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