Afghanistan will play their second match of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 against Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. The Afghan team had a disappointing start as they lost against their opener against Australia by seven wickets. Thus, Gulabadin Naib-led side will like to turn the tables in the second match. We bring you Afghanistan’s Predicted Playing XI against Sri Lanka.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka also had a horrid start as they skittled out for 136 against New Zealand. Hence, they would need to pull up their socks in the batting unit. The Island nation had surrendered themselves against the Kiwis and they would need to show the gumption with the bat.

Here is Afghanistan’s Predicted Playing XI:

Hazratullah Zazai

MS Dhoni, Hazratullah Zazai
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The southpaw batsman was dismissed for a duck in the opening match. Zazai will aim to provide a good start to his team by getting runs.

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Mohammed Shahzad

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The attacking right-handed batsman Mohammed Shahzad was also dismissed for a duck in the first match against Australia. Shahzad is well known to get quick runs for Afghanistan.

Rahmat Shah


The right-hander had got off to a start in the first match as he had scored 43 runs. However, he had failed to convert it into a big score for the team.

Hashmatullah Shahidi

Shahidi. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

The southpaw batsman could only score 18 runs against Australia. The left-hander will like to deliver the goods for the team with a good score.

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Afghanistan will like to get on the board.

Mohammad Nabi 

Mohammad Nabi, Afghanistan Cricket
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The talisman all-rounder had struggled to get going as he scored only seven runs from 22 balls. Furthermore, Nabi went wicketless in the six overs he bowled.

Gulbadin Naib

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The Afghanistan skipper had scored 31 runs in the previous match against the Aussies. Moreover, Naib had scalped one wicket for his side.

Najibullah Zadran

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The southpaw batsman had scored a fine fifty as he was able to hit the ground running. The left-hander scored 51 from 49 balls and he would like to continue his good form going.

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan, Afghanistan Premier League 2018, APL 2018

The right-hander had provided the finishing touches as he scored 27 runs from only 11 balls. However, the leg-spinner was expensive as he leaked 52 runs in eight overs.

Dawlat Zadran

Dawlat Zadran
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The medium pacer went wicketless in the opening match against Australia. Zadran will aim to provide a good start in the bowling department.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Brisbane Heat, BBL 2018-19
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The mystery spinner was on the expensive side as he leaked 45 runs in his spell. Thus, Rahman will like to turn the tables and provide wickets to his team.

Hamid Hassan 

Hamid Hassan
Hamid Hassan

Hamid Hassan had bowled an economical spell as he conceded only 15 runs in the six overs he bowled. However, the fast bowler went wicketless.