Afghanistan win toss, field against SL


Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib has won the toss and elected to field first in their Cricket World Cup encounter against Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

Both teams faced defeats at the hands of top sides – Australia and New Zealand – in the respective openers but there were a few positives to take from what were otherwise big defeats.

The Afghans have form on their side while the Lankans are reeling under the pressure of re-establishing themselves in ODI cricket.


1 Mohammad Shahzad (wicketkeeper), 2 Hazratullah Zazai, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi, 5 Najibullah Zadran, 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Gulbadin Naib (captain), 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, 10 Hamid Hassan, 11 Dawlat Zadran

Sri Lanka

1 Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Kusal Perera (wicketkeeper), 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Nuwan Pradeep, 11 Lasith Malinga