ICC World Cup 2019, Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne becomes the third fastest Sri Lankan batsman to reach the 3000-run mark in ODIs. During match 7 against Afghanistan of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Thirimanne surpassed the likes of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara in the coveted list. The 29-year-old took 100 innings to reach the landmark. Veteran opener Upul Tharanga holds the record for fastest 3K ODI runs for Sri Lanka, he took 92 innings to achieve the feat. While former batsman Marvan Atapattu scaled the landmark in 94 ODI innings.

Earlier, Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib won the toss and opted to bowl first against Sri Lanka under heavy skies in their second World Cup clash. Both sides were soundly beaten in their first matches of the tournament in England and Wales. Former champions Sri Lanka were thumped by 10 wickets by New Zealand on the same ground while Afghanistan went down by seven wickets to defending champions Australia in Bristol. Afghanistan were unchanged for the match in the Welsh capital and Sri Lanka brought in seamer Nuwan Pradeep for Jeevan Mendis.

“The conditions are suitable for the bowlers and there’s cloudy weather, so it’s a good toss to win,” said Naib.

“We took a lot of things from our last game against Australia. Sri Lanka are a champion side so it depends on the day if we play our best cricket.”

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said: “We batted first in the last game. Now we know how the conditions will play. I think our batsmen have some ideas on how to score. It’s not a 300 wicket but we should know how to get our best score on this wicket.”

Playing XIs

Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (C), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga.