After losing their first match f the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 against Bangladesh by 137 runs. Sri Lanka is in a spot of bother as one more defeat will put them out of the tournament. With everything to play for, Sri Lanka will take on Afghanistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on September 17.
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Sri Lanka has no other option but to win the match to stay in the tournament and even if they do so, they are not assured of a place in the Super Four and will have to wait for the result of the third and final game of Group A between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Sri Lanka was completely outplayed by Bangladesh in the opening match of the tournament as they were no match for the Tigers in all three departments. Barring Lasith Malinga, who finished with figures of 4/23 on his return to international cricket after one year, none of the other players managed to do well for the Lankans.
Skipper Angelo Mathews will hope that his team give their 100% and register a win when they take on Afghanistan in their must-win encounter. The availability of their spinner Akila Dhananjaya is not confirmed as he is yet to join the team after his wife is expected to give birth to their child.
Asia Cup 2018 Sri Lanka Vs Afghanistan Live Streaming
The live telecast of the match will start at 5:00 PM on September 17 (Monday). The match can be seen live on the Star Sports TV network and live streaming will be available on www.hotstar.com. Y
Afghanistan, on the other hand, doesn’t have any injury concern and have their whole squad for selection. The wickets in UAE will suit them and they will look to cause an upset and progress to the next round.
Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 Sri Lanka Last 11 Player
Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Malinga, Aponso and Suranga Lakmal.
Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 Afghanistan Last 11 Player
Mohammed Shahzad, Javed Ahmedi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan Stanikzai, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Aftab Alam.
Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 Sri Lanka Vs Afghanistan Prediction
Sri Lanka was below par against Bangladesh and they will be under massive pressure to get the better of Afghanistan. With a lot of quality spinners in their side, it won’t be a surprise if Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka and knock them out of the Asia Cup.