Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have a tough road ahead in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after poor performances in their opening games. Sri Lanka could not counter the impressive pace bowling of New Zealand and Afghanistan were floored by defending champions Australia. They now have a glorious opportunity to get the first points on board when they lock horns in Cardiff. Both the teams have to bat well which looks like their weak link at the moment. They could not survive 50 overs in their first match which is a cause of concern. In terms of head to head record, the teams have only met thrice in the past with Sri Lanka winning 2 and Afghanistan 1. A look back at the three encounters they have had. Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 7 Live Cricket Score.
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka – 17th September 2018 – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi – Afghanistan won by 91 runs
A historic first win for Afghanistan over Sri Lanka made possible by a brilliant bowling effort that help defend a target of 250. Sri Lankan batting collapsed in front of a disciplined Afghan attack and were all-out for 158 to go down by 91 runs. Rahmat Shah was named the man of the match for his knock of 72 runs helping Afghanistan put up a decent score. Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match Preview: SL Aim to Bounce Back Against AFG at Sophia Gardens.
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka – 22nd February 2015 – University Oval, Dunedin – Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets
Sri Lanka chasing a target of 233 were buoyed by a century from Mahela Jayawardene and some late striking from Thisara Pereira to take them home. Earlier, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews picked up 3 wickets each to help restrict Afghanistan to 232 in 49.4 overs. Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Betting Odds: Free Bet Odds, Predictions and Favourites During AFG vs SL in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 7.
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka – 3rd March 2014 – Shere Bangla Stadium, Mirpur – Sri Lanka won by 129 runs
Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara’s 76 got his team to 253/6 at the end of fifty overs on a pitch not conducive to batting. In response, Afghanistan could do little with the bat as Ajantha Mendis and Thisara Pereira picked up six wickets between them. Sri Lanka won the game by 129 runs after restricting their opponents to 124.
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 7 Video Preview
Sri Lanka lost convincingly to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup last year which showed a shift in the balance of power between the two countries. The two teams are evenly matched which sets up for a great game of cricket.