Sri Lanka wins toss, elects to bat vs Afghanistan

Associated Press

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (AP) — Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat against Afghanistan in their Asia Cup one-day match Monday.

Sri Lanka has already won its two major matches against defending champion Pakistan and India, and could qualify for the final if it beats Afghanistan.

Afghanistan, which lost its opening match to Pakistan and also conceded a bonus point, made claimed an upset win over host Bangladesh last week.

Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal returns for Sri Lanka in place of offspinner Sachithra Senanayake.

Afghanistan brought back opening batsman Noor Ali Zadran and fast bowler Dawlat Zadran in place of Karim Sadiq and Hamid Hasan.

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Lineups:

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Chaturanga de Silva, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal.

Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Mirwais Ashraf, Shapoor Zadran, Hamza Hotak, Dawlat Zadran.

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