Here, we take a look at the speaking factors forward of the Group B conflict.
SRI LANKA BATSMEN MUST STEP UP
“We only have one lifeline. We have to win it. It’s a do or die game for us.” Those phrases stated by Angelo Mathews through the post-match press convention after their 137-run loss to Bangladesh on Saturday tells you all the pieces about how essential Monday’s encounter is.
Sri Lanka’s bowling unit wasn’t the rationale for the defeat after Lasith Malinga’s four-wicket haul on his return to worldwide cricket however poor fielding and batting had been the foremost causes for the loss.
Chasing a aggressive target of 261, Sri Lanka’s batting frailties confirmed but again when Dilruwan Perera’s 29 was considered one of 5 double digit scores against the Tigers. The absences of injured batting duo of opener Danushka Gunathilaka and Dinesh Chandimal have made issues troublesome however they can’t afford to make the identical mistake twice as defeat just isn’t an choice. If they do, they are going to be again in Colombo by the point the Super Four stage begins this weekend.
Unfortunately for them, they are going to be up against a lethal bowling assault including the likes Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman who proceed to go from energy to energy in each game they play.
FAMILIAR CONDITIONS FOR AFGHANISTAN
Surprisingly, given their outstanding rise to Test cricket, Afghanistan are solely showing within the Asia Cup for the second time following their 2014 qualification. Back then, they exited within the group stage however this time round, would fancy their chances of constructing the last-four. It’s not all the way down to the likes of Rashid, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman however their familiarity with UAE situations.
The Afghans are not any strangers to enjoying within the UAE having performed their ‘home’ games at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, whereas additionally enjoying their final four-day worldwide game against the UAE at Abu Dhabi.
While they’ve the standard to hassle the Sri Lankans, their data of the situations will likely be an enormous advantage.
SRI LANKA: Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Amila Aponso and Lasith Malinga
AFGHANISTAN: Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium