Sri Lanka will take on Afghanistan in the match 7 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Tuesday, June 4.
The match will be played at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff at 9:30 AM GMT, at 3:00 PM SLST.
Both Afghanistan and Sri Lanka lost their opening match of the World Cup.
Sri Lanka lost their first match against New Zealand by 10 wickets while Afghanistan faced a defeat by seven wickets against Australia.
Both the sides have the potential to put up a good contest as they did during the last World Cup in 2015. Interestingly, that match in Dunedin was won by Sri Lanka by four wickets but Afghanistan was in the contest for most of the time.
Star Sports live telecast info
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) June 4, 2019
SLRC (Channel Eye) will broadcast SL vs AFG live in Sri Lanka. Channel Eye website will provide the live streaming of the match in Sri Lanka at http://www.rupavahini.lk/.
Radio Television Afghanistan will provide the television coverage of the match live in Afghanistan. There is no live streaming option for the viewers in Afghanistan. Star Sports will broadcast the match live in India. Hotstar will provide online streaming for the viewers in the Indian subcontinent at Hotstar.com.
Sri Lanka unlikely to make any changes
Sri Lanka’s line-up from their previous encounter against New Zealand might get another opportunity to show some resilience. With no injuries within the team, captain Dimuth Karunaratne may stick to the same set of players for the second match in a row. Sri Lanka, though, has one option in terms of replacement, and that is the dynamic opener, Avishka Fernando.
Match 7⃣ of #CWC19 will see Afghanistan and Sri Lanka face off in Cardiff on Tuesday.
Both teams were defeated in their opening fixtures of the tournament, and will be keen to claim their first points.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 4, 2019
Hamid Hassan under the injury radar
Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who bowled an impressive spell the other day against Australia could miss his team’s second World Cup match. According to the Cricbuzz report, Hassan was attended by the physio after having a slight niggle in his back. Aftab Alam, a potential replacement to Hassan, was seen getting an extended practice session on the eve of the match. But it is believed that Hassan could still be picked. Rest of the line-up from the previous match should be unchanged.
The weather in Cardiff is unlikely to be kind enough as rain is expected throughout the day. If there is a shortened match, then Afghanistan could benefit slightly more. Continuous rain or overcast conditions will also keep the spinners out of the match, which could be a disadvantage for the Afghanistan team. Batting won’t be easy considering the greenish pitch was used in the previous encounter at this venue.
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