Mohammad Nabi will lead Afghanistan setup © AFP
Mar 3, 2014
High on confidence after their historic win over the Asia Cup 2014 hosts Bangladesh, Mohammad Nabi-led Afghanistan take on the table-toppers Sri Lanka in the seventh match of the tournament at Mirpur on Monday.
Afghanistan, playing their first Asia Cup tournament have been extremely impressive so far in their campaign, as they put Pakistan in tremendous pressure in their first match and in the second, they trumped Bangladesh by 32 runs in the second match.
The track at Mirpur is expected to be on the slower side and should help bowlers to get grip from the surface. A total of around 260-270 should be a good score while batting first. It has to be always remembered though; in day and night games in Bangladesh, the dew can play a major factor.
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (c), Naowroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Fazal Niazai, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq, Mirwaiz Ashraf, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Thisara Perera, Chaturanga de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Ajantha Mendis, Ashan Priyanjan and Dhammika Prasad.
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