Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will meet on Tuesday (4th June) during the seventh game of the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at Sophia Gardens (Cardiff). During this match, both teams will play their second game of this tournament.
Both these teams lost their respective first matches of this tournament. Sri Lanka lost against New Zealand by ten wickets while Afghanistan suffered a seven-wicket defeat against Australia.
Before this crucial encounter, let’s look at some vital statistical preview of this match.
Teams’ recent ODI form
Afghanistan (in last ten matches; oldest to latest): Lost, Tied, Won, No Result, Lost, Won, Lost, Won, Lost, Won and Lost.
Sri Lanka (in last ten matches; oldest to latest): Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost, Won and Lost.
ODI records at Sophia Gardens (Cardiff)
Head-to-Head ODI records
Overall (3 ODIs): Afghanistan won 1 ODI; Sri Lanka won 2 ODIs
At neutral venues (3 ODIs): Afghanistan won 1 ODI; Sri Lanka won 2 ODIs
In England: Never played
In the World Cup (1 match): Afghanistan won 0 ODIs; Sri Lanka won 1 ODIs
i) It will be the 100th international match for Rashid Khan. The 20-year-old will be the seventh Afghanistan cricketer to play 100 or more international matches.
i) The leg-spinner Samiullah Shinwari is five wickets away to complete his 50 ODI wickets as he has already picked up 45 ODI wickets. The right-handed batsman has also scored 1,737 ODI runs. After Mohammad Nabi, Shinwari will be the second Afghanistan cricketer to score 1,000 ODI runs and also to take 50 ODI wickets. Also, Shinwari will be the seventh Afghan bowler to take 50 or more ODI wickets.
i) The pace bowler Dawlat Zadran has taken 146 wickets in international cricket career and with four more wickets he will become the third Afghanistan bowler to take 150 international wickets. The first two Afghan bowlers to take 150 or more international wickets are Rashid Khan (208 wickets) and Mohammad Nabi (191 wickets).
i) The senior cricketer Angelo Mathews has scored 11,990 runs in international career. With ten more runs, he will become the eighth Sri Lankan cricketer to score 12,000 international runs.
i) The left-handed batsman Lahiru Thirimanne has scored 2,994 ODI runs. With six more runs, he will become the eighth Sri Lankan left-handed batsman to score 3,000 ODI runs.