Afghanistan is all out for 249 runs and one more added to this is the total which the Sri Lankans will be chasing in this game. Afghanistan did well with the bat. The total they have made will test the Sri Lankans because Afghanistan has got some really good spin attack with Rashid and Najeeb. There is a strong chance that Sri Lankan might lose this one again. If Sri Lanka loses this game then they are out of the Asia Cup 2018. So they have to win this game to keep their chances alive in this tournament. Sri Lankan batting will have to click and there will be pressure on it as well. If they come up playing the Afghan spinners with authority then they have a chance. Afghanistan will be confident because they have made a good reasonable total. A total for which they can fight and then they have got some excellent spinners as well. Rashid will be the key factor in the game for Afghanistan. If he gets wickets then Sri Lankan will sink in more trouble for sure.
If we look at the fall of wickets for the Afghanistan side, Shahzad was the first wicket to fell. He was batting really well and was hitting his shots. But then he made a huge mistake. He already had hit a six in that over of Dananjaya but he went for a reverse sweep. The Sri Lankan spinner was able to deceive the Afghan batter here. This was a bit quicker through the air. The ball was coming towards the stumps and once it made impact on the pads there was no chance for Shahzad to run away from it. The umpire gave him out straight away. Sri Lanka pacer Perrera picked up five wickets in the game. He got three wickets in the last over of the game. He bowled well despite getting few hits at the start of the spell. He was getting slogged by the Afghanistan batsmen but then Perrera made a strong comeback taking down five wickets.
This is the first five wicket haul of the Asia Cup 2018. Sri Lankan fielding was not that bad but again catches went down. This is one area where the Sri Lankans will have to improve a lot. Their fielding is not up to the mark and as a result they keep on losing games because they do not take their chances at crucial part of those matches. Afghanistan on the other hand had a plan and they executed it really well. It seems that they already planned for a total near 250 runs. The slogging from the Afghanistan batsmen either was seen in the first few overs and then in the final ones. So this is a good total keeping in mind the quality of bowling the Afghanistan team has got. They win this one then Sri Lanka is going home for sure. Their chance in the tournament depends on this game.