Date & Time: Tuesday, June 04, 15:00 IST
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales
Will Sri Lanka avoid a defeat against Afghanistan?
There is a sense of opportunity in the air for Afghanistan to register their first win in the tournament, when they take on Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Tuesday. Both teams are coming into the game on the back of a defeat. While Afghanistan displayed a fighting spirit in their loss against Australia, Sri Lanka suffered quite hard against New Zealand from the beginning. This very reason and the form of players over the past few years make Sri Lanka vulnerable. On the flip side, Afghanistan will be eager to exploit Sri Lanka’s poor form. So, on Tuesday if Afghanistan becomes victorious it won’t be a surprise for us.
Afghanistan will be closely assessing Hamid Hassan’s fitness. He is struggling from a sore back and if he is rested for the match, Aftab Alam is likely to replace him. Sri Lanka is unlikely to make any changes.
Pacers have dominated the proceedings in the previous game at the venue and the same is expected for Tuesday’s game, as conditions are likely to assist the pacers again. There is a forecast of rain throughout the day which could probably shorten the match.
He has been a consistent performer for the side in the middle order for Afghanistan in recent times, where he played vital knocks at a brisk pace whenever the team needed. There is every chance he will replicate the same if a situation arises against Sri Lanka. That’s what makes him a worthy player to pick for your Dream11 fantasy team for today’s match.
He is high on confidence, ever since he was appointed as the captain of Afghanistan, which reflects in his recent performances. On the eve of the match, he was confident that his side can defeat struggling Sri Lanka. The pitch conditions for Tuesday might aid his cause to turn up with a match-winning performance. So, he is a must-have player in all the Dream11 fantasy teams.
The Afghan premier spinner may not have been at his consistent best in recent times, but he is still a game changer to reckon with, irrespective of conditions on offer. On Tuesday he might be the game changer for Afghanistan if Sri Lanka plays pacers cautiously. He can also be a handful batsman down the order which makes him a worthy pick for Dream11 fantasy players.
If Sri Lanka has to restrict or defend well against Afghanistan, then he is the one they can depend on, especially because it seems to be the pacers’ paradise today. He is the only Sri Lankan pace bowler who is in decent form off late. His record at the venue in the last 3 matches is commendable. He is a reliable player to have in your Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
He is known to play game-changing knocks as he usually bats only in top gear, irrespective of the situation.That’s why he’s the X-factor in today’s match, as the tricky conditions on offer might allow him to play his natural game, just as the case in the last game against New Zealand.
Recently he hasn’t had the best of times on and off the field. But he has to turn up with his best performance to save Sri Lanka from the embarrassment of losing against a weak team. If the forecast holds true to its prediction, then there is every chance Sri Lanka might repeat the collapse from the other day. So that’s where the experience of Mathews would aid the Sri Lankan middle order batsmen.